The festival season is in full swing, and with the dual ten day festivals of Pride an annual event celebrating the LGBT community and Luminato an annual celebration of the arts held this year in Toronto. Already in action, there is a myriad of activity and events to attend from the AIDS Candlelight Vigil at Pride Toronto in Barbara Hall Park, to the many music and visual art spectacles at Luminato.
The Pride Festival takes place around June to commemorate the Stonewall Riots, which was a pivotal moment in modern LGBT social movements. The riots took place early morning June 28, 1969, following a police raid on the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City - the festival closes on this date as well with an epic finale called the The Final Play! Incidentally, this week New York designated the Stonewall Inn an historic landmark. CityPride Week goers will be able to participate in one of the largest organized gay pride festivals in the world whose Grand Marshals are Pussy Riot, David Furnish, Cyndi Lauper, and Celina Jaitly.
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The Luminato Festival is another 10 day extravaganza of music, visual arts, literary talks and projects, dance, performances, film food theatre and more. Speaking of music dance, sport and culture today’s feature is Contemporary Color in the Air Canada Centre. The cultural and creative energy of Toronto spawned this amazing festival and excellent accompaniment to the social movement of the Pride Festival. The festival was founded by Tony Gagliano, Executive chairman and CEO of St. Joseph Communications, and the late David Pecaut, who was the CM Senior Partner at the Boston Consulting Group, in 2007. Luminato Festival has become one of the preeminent arts festivals in North America, having commissioned over 66 new works of art, and featured 7,500 artists from 40 countries.
Come out and join in the festivities of these two cultural and civic showcases of artistic,creative, and social excellence! There is something for everyone within these festivals and more to be learned. Visit the Pride Festival Website at www.pridetoronto.com, and the Luminato Festival site at www.luminatofestival.com. There are five days remaining in both festivals so there is plenty left for everyone to do!