Luminato just revealed the programming for 2013! This annual interactive arts festival returns in June for ten days of unexpected programming in public spaces, parks and galleries. (Remember this from last year?) Here’s what I’m looking forward to this year.
Luminato’s Big Bang Bash will be comprised of three components: a cocktail reception to exclusively premiere Dolls by Viktor&Rolf, followed by a seated dinner for Luminato gala attendees and a range of Festival artists. The night will culminate with a one-of-a-kind party, where patrons of the arts will celebrate Toronto’s seventh annual festival of arts and creativity.
This Viktor&Rolf exhibition feature miniature mannequins of Victorian dolls dressed in hand-crafted, precisely scaled-down garments. The dolls will be displayed using a new, unique catwalk platform, specifically crafted for the ROM’s Spirit House space.
Join us for a celebration of Toronto’s diverse food culture with a unique twist. During Luminato’s opening weekend, the city’s best chefs will feature their delicious offerings in culinary collaboration with kids. Central to the experience will be the Kids’ Table, a communal eating space where the kids will divulge their behind-the-scenes knowledge about the chefs and the food being presented. Kids will interact with attendees, serve as chef ambassadors and share their new passion for food. Each tasty creation will be $5 each.
Head to Trinity Bellwoods Park with a picnic blanket and enjoy authors on 3 stages in the park. A Literary Picnic is a celebration of Toronto’s diverse writing community that will provide the Festival audience with a feast of ideas, storytelling, and words. With the theme of “Beginnings” as inspiration, over fifty authors will take to three stages to share selections from their work and offer insight into where a story begins, and how writers confront the blank page. Many of the participating authors will also be setting up their own picnic blankets “backstage” for one – on – one exchanges with the public throughout the day. (Andrew Kaufman will be participating!) In the spirit of literary exchange, the Luminato Festival also invites the public to bring in their pre-loved books to be offered in trade to other book lovers at a special table.
MAI will be the largest expression of what the artist calls the Marina Abramovic Method. Across a series of interlocking pavilions, audience members are guided through exercises and experiences based on Abramovic’s past work. Rather than creating the performance, Abramovic empowers the audience to craft their own experience, as participants don white lab coats and headphones, and disconnect from the outside world for approximately two hours. Afterwards, they’ll be encouraged to share their thoughts about the experience via social media. Live streaming of the exhibition will extend the Marina Abramovic Institute to other locations throughout Toronto. Two-hour guided experiences begin every 30 minutes. Entry is timed and participants are required to purchase tickets online before attending.
Luminato Lounge featuring Food Truck Eats at the Hub
Up to six different food trucks will be stationed near the licensed lounge at the Hub on weekdays throughout the Festival, three trucks for lunch from 11:30AM to 2:30PM and another three for dinner from 4:30PM to late. The food trucks will showcase edible works of art from a variety of local chefs — a nice complement for audiences who want to catch a Lunchtime Illumination or other aspects of the Hub’s diverse programming.