Since our inception in 2007, volunteers have played an integral role in the successful execution of each and every Luminato event.
The annual Luminato Festival Toronto would not be possible without the help of our dedicated and diverse group of volunteers, who work alongside Luminato artists and staff to do everything from enhancing the audience experience to providing world-class customer support, both in-person and online.
If you’re new to the festival and interested in volunteering, you can scroll down to learn everything you need to know about becoming a Luminato volunteer, or click the button below to apply. If you’re a returning volunteer, click below to login and access our volunteer portal.
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us!
Volunteer applications are now open for our June 2023 Festival.
Become a Volunteer!
“Luminato offers a wide range of opportunities to explore the cultural heritage of Canada and the rest of the world.”— Golam Ahmed, Former Luminato Volunteer
Our Commitment to Accessibility
Luminato’s Volunteer Team is committed to providing a welcoming and encouraging environment for all members of our community.
As part of this commitment, our volunteer team has forged key partnerships with CultureLink, a newcomer mentorship program, to create a welcoming environment for newcomers.
Volunteering 101: What You Need to Know
How to Volunteer
If you’re interested in volunteering, please fill out a 2023 Luminato Festival Toronto Volunteer Application form.
All volunteers are asked to sign up for a minimum of three shifts. On average, a volunteer shift is 4 to 6 hours long.
Our leadership volunteer roles have different time commitment expectations. Team Leader shifts range from 5 to 7 hours.
Completing a minimum of three shifts allows you to attend the volunteer party and qualify for the V.A.A.C.T (Volunteer Awards in Arts & Culture Toronto) program.
All volunteers are asked to attend a mandatory orientation/training session in May.
There are a lot of benefits to becoming a Luminato volunteer, but these are some of the perks that are volunteers tend to appreciate the most:
Support the Arts
Contribute to Toronto’s vibrant arts & cultural community, spend time with amazing people, and gain festival experience and knowledge.
Exclusive Volunteer Events
Receive invitations to fun events and activities throughout the year which are only open to Luminato Volunteers.
Monthly Volunteer Newsletter
The Lumineer will arrive in your inbox once a month full of volunteer news, invitations to events, year-round volunteer opportunities, and MORE!
Reference Letter & Volunteer Certificate
We are happy to provide reference letters for school or your next job search, and we include an official 2023 Volunteer Certificate, too!
After the festival is over, we like to celebrate by throwing a fun get-together!
Plus, when you spread your love and volunteer at multiple arts and culture organizations in the city, you can attend the Volunteer Award for Arts and Culture in Toronto (VAACT) awards ceremony!
Please review our FAQ before contacting our office for any additional questions.
When is Luminato 2023?
June 7-June 18
How do I apply to volunteer with Luminato?
Please submit a volunteer application here.
Do I need to attend a training session?
Yes. All new volunteers are required to attend the New Volunteer Orientation & Training Session in May. If approved for a leadership or specialized volunteer role, you will be required to attend an additional training session in May for that role.
Is there a minimum shift commitment required to volunteer with Luminato?
Yes, all volunteers are asked to sign up for a minimum of three shifts. On average, a volunteer shift is 4 to 6 hours long. However, leadership volunteer roles have different time commitment expectations. Team Leader volunteer shifts range from 5 to 7 hours.
What kind of volunteer roles does Luminato have?
Explore our list of Luminato volunteer roles and descriptions here.
Do I have to upload my resume when I apply to volunteer?
If you would like to be considered for one of our leadership or specialized volunteer roles, we strongly recommend uploading your resume, as we will review resumes for special skills required for these roles.
Do I need to have previous experience to volunteer with Luminato?
While leadership and specialized volunteer roles do require specific skills, our Front of House (FOH) roles do not require any specific skills or previous volunteer experience – simply a passion for Toronto, the arts and your enthusiasm!
I’m under 19 years old. Can I still volunteer for Luminato?
Yes, if you are between the ages of 14 and 18 you can still volunteer for Luminato. However, your parent(s) or guardian(s) will be required to sign a consent form. For more information, please send an email to [email protected]
How can I get in touch with the Volunteer Office for any additional questions not found on this FAQ?
Please email [email protected]
The Volunteer Award for Arts and Culture in Toronto (VAACT)
Luminato is proud to be a part of VAACT, a program that strives to recognize volunteers who contribute their time to multiple arts and culture organizations throughout the year in the city of Toronto. The program ends each year with an awards ceremony for VAACT participants, scheduled on International Volunteer Day.
In order to be eligible to attend the VAACT awards ceremony, volunteers must complete the minimum volunteer requirements with at least three of the cultural organizations listed below.
Arts in The Park
City of Toronto Events
Hot Docs International Documentary Festival
ImagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival
Reel Asian International Film Festival
Toronto International Film Festival
The Toronto Fringe Festival
Have Any Questions?
Get in Touch!
Luminato’s Volunteer Office is happy to provide any information or answer additional questions not found in the above FAQs.