Luminato 2010: visual arts and fashion program. Get your Nikons ready!!

Just type ‘Luminato’ in a Flickr search and you will likely spend a few hours browsing the way Toronto looks during the festival.

Below is an example from a space that I visit every day, since I work in that building:

Picture by "Robert in Toronto (down under)" on Flickr

The displays for 2010 are exciting, innovative and spicing up the overall East/West theme of Luminato this year.

Below is the press release so you can work on your calendar:

Complete 2010 Luminato visual arts and fashion programs:

Ship O’ Fools

Award-winning Canadian artists Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller will bring their most recent
installation, Ship O’ Fools, to Trinity Bellwoods Park. Ship O’ Fools is a salvaged 9-metre-long
Chinese junk boat transformed into an interactive installation of sound and light. In a reflection of
Luminato’s East/West curatorial threads, the title Ship O’ Fools refers to a long-standing allegory
and powerful theme within western literature and art. Festival-goers can board the ship one at a
time to reflect on the interpretation of a pilotless vessel and view the artwork’s intricate details and
sounds. Cardiff and Bures Miller have represented Canada at the Venice Biennale, have work
showcased in the permanent collection at the National Gallery of Canada, and are known
internationally for their imaginative, experimental sound installations. Ship O’ Fools is
commissioned by Luminato and supported by the Hal Jackman Foundation.
Friday, June 11 – Sunday, June 20 at Trinity Bellwoods Park

Wish Come True Festival

Luminato welcomes FriendsWithYou’s Wish Come True characters and their colourful totems,
bounce houses, and inflatable friends. Queen’s Park will become home to the Wish Come True
Festival where festival-goers will encounter a world of colourful lounge areas, spinning creatures,
and 12-metre high inflatable characters towering amongst the trees. Led by the Rainbow King, a
host of characters fan out across the park spreading their message of happiness and fun in this
artistic spectacle for all ages commissioned by Luminato. Created by Miami-based design
collective FriendsWithYou, the Wish Come True Festival transforms a part of the city into an
artistic experience. Presented by Porter Airlines.
Wednesday, June 16 – Sunday, June 20 at Queen’s Park

Mark Fast

One of the world’s hottest up-and-coming fashion designers, Canadian-born Mark Fast
transcends the boundary between art, fashion, and beauty with an installation commissioned for
Luminato in partnership with Lancôme. Fast will create a new kind of knitted sculpture, one which
spirals out from a platform and through the architecture of the Allen Lambert Galleria in Brookfield
Place. This blend of fashion, interpreting the rose, and sculptural installation literally elevates
Fast’s famous knit-wear. Fast has built his international reputation by using his own stitching
techniques on blends of Lycra with wool, angora, or viscose to create hand-formed garments for
women. Festival-goers can experience this extraordinary undertaking by one of the fashion
world’s boldest innovators. Mark Fast is presented by Lancôme.
Friday, June 11 – Sunday, June 20 at the Adam Lambert Galleria, Brookfield Place
Solar Breath (Northern Caryatids) | Light Air
Renowned film director Atom Egoyan curates a tribute to late Luminato co-founder David Pecaut
with Solar Breath (Northern Caryatids) | Light Air. This installation is inspired by the letters that
Pecaut wrote to Egoyan before his death in December, 2009. The tribute combines the works of
Michael Snow and Mani Mazinani in one visual arts event. Snow, whose more than fifty-year
career has encompassed experimental filmmaking, sculpture, painting, music, and photography,
is one of Canada’s most celebrated Master artists. Mani Mazinani is a recent graduate of the
University of Toronto, where he studied under Egoyan. He is an emerging artist, composer, and
musician. The tribute juxtaposes Snow’s 2002 film Solar Breath (Northern Caryatids) with Light
Air, a work created in response by Mazinani. Solar Breath (Northern Caryatids) | Light Air is
commissioned by Luminato.
Friday, June 11 – Sunday, June 20 at Brookfield Place
For 10 extraordinary days in June, Toronto’s stages, streets, and public spaces are illuminated
with arts and creativity. Luminato is an annual multi-disciplinary celebration of theatre, literature,
music, food, dance, celebrations, visual arts, fashion, film, and magic.
For more information, visit Tickets will be available at 10:00 AM, April 15 through
all Ticketmaster outlets (call 416-872-1111 or visit
Luminato gratefully acknowledges the generous support and vision of its Luminaries, SuperNova
donors, and Patron Circle Members; corporate partners; the presenting partner, L’Oréal; the
dedicated government partners; and major media partners.
Luminato Partners: L’Oréal, TELUS, National Bank Financial Group, President’s Choice, OLG,
Manulife Financial, Scotiabank Group, Aeroplan, Mill Street Brewery, Porter Airlines.
Government Partners: The Government of Ontario, Government of Canada – Department of
Canadian Heritage, City of Toronto, Ontario Arts Council, The British Council, The Consulate
General of Spain.
Foundation Partners: Ontario Trillium Foundation, The Hal Jackman Foundation, Candy
Lee/The Sidney Lee Dream Foundation, The John McKellar Charitable Foundation.
Major Media Partners: CTV, The Globe and Mail, Cineplex, Toronto Star, The Weather
Network, Tourism Toronto, St. Joseph Communications, Telelatino Network.
This list represents commitments as of March 5, 2010.
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For media inquiries, please contact:
Nick Poirier, Publicist
O: 416-368-3100 ext. 253, C: 416-807-5345, E:
Katie Saunoris, Publicity Coordinator
O: 416-368-3100 ext. 261, E:


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