Luminato 2018 Gets the Magnetic Fields, a George Harrison Tribute and Political Theatre with Pussy Riot

Luminato 2018 Gets the Magnetic Fields, a George Harrison Tribute and Political Theatre with Pussy Riot
Luminato Festival returns to Toronto from June 6 to 24, treating the city to a wide array of performances across the realms of music, theatre and dance.
 
The 2018 programming has just been announced, and amongst the highlights is a performance by the Magnetic Fields. Over the course of two nights (June 22 and 23), Stephin Merritt will lead his band through the entirety of last year's 50 Song Memoir.
 
Also in the lineup is a tribute performance to George Harrison dubbed "Instruments of Happiness." The free two-part event takes place on June 16, beginning with hundreds of youth ukulele players from Melanie Doane's Uschool playing some of the late Beatle's biggest hits, followed by "While 100 Guitars Gently Weep — Concerto for George" by Montreal composer Tim Brady (and yes, it features 100 guitars).
 
Blending politics and theatre, Pussy Riot's Maria Alyokhina will join forces with (the ironically banned in Belarus) Belarus Free Theatre for Burning Doors — a production that tells the stories of persecuted artists who refuse to be silenced. It will run from June 20 to 24.
 
Other events planned for the festival include performances by Balaklava Blues, Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, a conversation with human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, Michael Keegan-Dolan's production of Swan Lake, a documentary series dubbed Game Changers: Inspiring Women, "documentary theatre" piece Out the Window (and post-show panels) and plenty more.
 
For the full list of programming, as well as ticket and schedule information, head over to the Luminato website.