Luminato Festival

Luminato Festival Commissions Renowned Brazilian Artist Regina Silveira to Transform the Festival Hub

Luminato Festival presents a brand new Festival Hub with the world premiere of celebrated Brazilian artist Regina Silveira’s installation Glossary, a large-scale play on the word ‘light’ at the heart of the Festival in David Pecaut Square. Specially commissioned for Luminato Festival, Silveira reimagines the Festival Hub, exploring themes of light and shadow, and the interaction of images with constructed spaces. Glossary integrates translucent marquees to create a ‘light’ pathway by day and will illuminate Toronto’s downtown core with a nightly laser show featuring handwritten words for ‘light’ in different languages.

Creating adventurous art in adventurous places from June 19 to 28, this year’s Festival Hub transforms into a Garden of Light, a lush, green, and fully licensed urban oasis designed by acclaimed Canadian landscape architect Janet Rosenberg. Finding new ways to use spaces and allowing art to take over life, the Festival Hub will be lighter and greener than ever before using light, shadow and language to transform ordinary spaces into an urban playground.

The Festival Hub this year has grown and will grow some more literally! This year, it is Toronto’s biggest urban oasis in the midst of the concrete landscape of the downtown core. It is there to inspire fun, but also give rise to impulses to think about how we want to live in our cities, how we can connect as communities. Can this be the biggest backyard Toronto has ever seen and all its citizens are truly neighbors?” said Jorn Weisbrodt, Artistic Director, Luminato Festival. “I am proud that Regina Silveira, one of the greatest artists living in Brazil, accepted the challenge to transform the Festival Hub this year. Her piece Glossary could not be more fitting for Luminato: it plays with light, it plays with the meaning of the word light, and through light. It projects the word ‘light’ under a beautiful colourful set of marquees–freestanding roof structures–onto visitors and, at night, illuminates the cityscape around it, exploring the entire city and putting it into a different light in all the languages that we could come up with from Ojibwe to Icelandic.

Glossary: Exploring Light, Shadow and Language

Best known for her explorations of space through optical illusions and geometric constructions, renowned Brazilian artist Regina Silveira reimagines this year’s Hub with her installation Glossary, commissioned specially for Luminato Festival. A large-scale play on the word ‘light,’ Glossary will incorporate a series of coloured, translucent marquees to form a playful pathway for festivalgoers. The activation will come to life each night by illuminating Toronto’s cityscape with lasers, projecting countless words of ‘light’ from dialects and languages from across Canada and around the world.

Transformation into Garden of Light

Completing the transformation of the Festival Hub is the Garden of Light, designed by Janet Rosenberg, one of Canada’s most distinguished landscape architects, and planted with the support of local greenhouses, flower markets, conservatories and Toronto’s greenest thumbs. The Garden of Light will flourish as a hot-spot for all things Festival, from An Imaginary Rose Garden, an interactive digital project presented in partnership with Lancôme Canada, to ticketed events such as the premiere of the Cabaret at the Festival Shedt a brand-new indoor venue called the Festival Shed. To complement the newly-imagined urban oasis that is this year’s Festival Hub, the Festival Shed will radiate as a home base for a multitude of exciting programming.

Truly blossoming into an urban oasis to celebrate arts and culture, the city’s biggest backyard will open each day at noon and offer food and beverage by popular Toronto restaurant Parts & Labour, plus cabaret and music shows, and unexpected interventions.

The Festival Hub is supported by OLG, Next Pathway Inc., Mill Street Brewery and Barefoot Wine & Bubbly.

Celebrated Brazilian Artist: Regina Silveira

Born in Porte Alegre, Brazil, Silveira is a critically acclaimed Brazilian artist who has had an incredible career thus far. Silveira has won a Brazilian Art Critics Association Award for Life and Work. She has had a solo show at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, and her work is represented in public collections internationally including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Miami Art Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.

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Please add GLOSSARY at Luminato Festival to upcoming event listings:

Luminato Festival presents
June 19 to June 28
The Festival Hub (David Pecaut Square, 55 John St)

By Regina Silveira

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About Luminato Festival

Luminato Festival is Toronto’s international multi-arts festival for people open to having art change their outlook on the world. For 10 days each June, Luminato Festival transforms Toronto’s theatres, parks and public spaces with hundreds of events celebrating theatre, dance, music, literature, food, visual arts, magic, film, and more.

Luminato Festival is a charitable, not-for-profit, cultural organization whose vision is to commission and present significant local, national, and international programming that reflects Toronto as a crossroads of ideas, cultures and traditions. Now in its 9th year, Luminato Festival has become one of North America’s leading arts festivals. The Luminato Festival runs June 19 to 28, 2015.

Luminato Festival gratefully acknowledges the generous support and vision of its Founding Luminaries, SuperNova donors, and Patron Circle Members. Luminato Festival proudly acknowledges the support of the following partners:

Founding Government Partner: Province of Ontario
Major Partners: Government of Canada, L’Oréal Canada
Presenting Partners: City of Toronto, CIBC
Program and Official Partners: BMO, Manulife, Slaight Music, Mill Street Brewery, OLG, President’s Choice® Black Label Collection
Major Media Partners: Toronto Star, Bell Media, The Globe and Mail
Marketing Partners: Classical 96.3 FM and AM740, Air Canada Centre, CBC
Government Partner: Ontario Arts Council
Corporate Supporters: Aimia, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, The Boston Consulting Group, glaceau smartwater, glaceau vitaminwater, Janet Rosenberg & Studio, Next Pathway Inc., Stikeman Elliott LLP

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