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One Thought about Luminato Festival

One thought about Luminato Festival.

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Founded by by Tony Gagliano and David Pecaut, the first festival took place in 2007 with a $15-million-dollar reserve fund. (I blogged about Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s piece that year.)

Now, as this recent article in the Globe and Mail states: “the festival is without guaranteed long-term funding from the province and has a looming multimillion-dollar hole in future budgets.”

Neither Barney’s film nor Koh’s performances are exactly crowd-pleasers, in fact audiences for both seemed to be mostly hard-core visual arts supporters. River of Fundament was rather sparsely attended.

I was kind of surprised that, if Luminato needs to raise funds, they are putting on such rarified arts programming. Not that I’m complaining. Every year I’ve seen truly amazing exhibitions and performances (particularly the dance) and I think the festival is one of the best things about Toronto.

Luminato 2013 LAllegro Mark Morris Dance Group 01 - Photo by Ken Friedman
L’Allegro, Mark Morris Dance Group at Luminato 2013. Photo by Ken Friedman.

I just hope the funding, much of which is tied to the provincial government, is forthcoming from whomever comes to power in the provincial elections on June 12th.

Fingers crossed.

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