Toronto's Luminato Festival Announces Virtual 2020 Edition

The online event will take place this June

BY Allie GregoryPublished May 6, 2020

Following the cancellation of Toronto's multidisciplinary arts festival Luminato's 2020 edition due to COVID-19 restrictions, organizers have announced plans to take the event online this summer.

From June 11 to 13, the fest will bring attendees inside the homes of artists, into virtual spaces and into the streets of Toronto via online platforms. Organizers are "determined to make an offering to [the Luminato] community which would celebrate the artists and cultural workers who had created the beautiful 2020 program" by hosting the event in its new form.

Luminato CEO, Anthony Sargent, elaborated in the following statement:

We were all heartbroken to lose this year's Festival which promised our community so many exceptional experiences, but in its place, we're thrilled to be presenting this re-imagined virtual version, to our international friends as well as all our Toronto family. Of course, it doesn't substitute for the 'live' days we had planned on the stages and streets of Toronto from June 11 to 28, but we're all very excited by it as a completely fresh kind of Luminato adventure.

Artistic director Naomi Campbell added, "Our virtual festival honours artists and audiences, our donors, funders and volunteers, as well as our indefatigable and resilient front-line workers, and we trust it will offer hope, joy, solace and much food for thought as we ponder our uncharted future."

So far, the festival has not announced its lineup for the year. That and other details are forthcoming.

Head to the festival's website for more information.

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