LUMINATO Festival Announces 2022 Lineup Featuring David Suzuki and Edward Burtynsky


Luminato Festival Toronto – the city’s international festival of arts and ideas – will return this summer from June 9-19 with a bold lineup of exceptional art that will bring Toronto to life. Over the course of 11 days, Luminato will deliver a major celebration of creativity that will span Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area in places familiar and unexpected.

The Luminato Festival Toronto will shine a spotlight on the Toronto region, providing inspiring, large-scale experiences that unite audiences and artists through exceptional moments of discovery, community building and art. The festival will focus on climate change and sustainability, as well as equity and inclusion through visual arts, theatre, music and dance.

“Luminato is here to rekindle the joy and inspiration that we’ve all missed over the past few years, just as we did 15 years ago after the SARS outbreak,” said Celia Smith, CEO of the Luminato Festival Toronto. “In 2022, we will excitedly remind local, national and international audiences that the Toronto region is an exceptional place to visit and live, and that culture is at the heart of our shared stories and experiences.

The festival will feature two free weekends of celebration, starting with the world premiere of Edward Burtynsky’s In the Wake of Progress at Yonge-Dundas Square. Visitors to the Luminato Festival Toronto will be the first in the world to witness this spectacular immersive experience. The closing weekend will feature two days of free and accessible events and experiences at Woodbine Park, including music, dance, installations, storytelling, food and conversation. Luminato will host a different GO train line each business day of the Festival with in-station and on-board performances and activities, launched from stations located in various busy areas of the GTA.

Luminato’s selection of events (see below) begins June 9 with two celebratory weekend programs. Edward Burtynsky, David Suzuki with Why Not Theater and Donna Bailey Nurse will headline the June festivities. A wide range of accessibility initiatives accompany and augment each event, with additional commissions complementing the access program. More details, collaborators and activities will be shared in May 2022.

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