Top 4 Must-See Events at Luminato 2011

The festival of the arts celebrates fashion, music, dance and more

Top 4 Must-See Events at Luminato 2011

Photo by Johan Persson, courtesy of ROH

This year, the Luminato festival celebrates its 5th year showcasing top creative talents in the arts. Whether you choose to stroll the various exhibits or dress-up and attend the ballet, Luminato offers a range of accessible displays of artistic mastery. From over a hundred exhibits to choose from, we narrow down Luminato’s roster to four must-see events:

1. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Based on the classic Lewis Carroll novel, The National Ballet of Canada and The Royal Ballet (UK) come together to re-interpret the mind-bending story Alice In Wonderland. Directed by National Ballet artistic director, Karen Kain, and legendary choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, this is one limited engagement that’s at the top of our summer pop culture musts.

2. Garden of Roses: Denis Gagnon Interprets Alice
Montreal-based designer Denis Gagnon re-imagines Alice with an installation that marries his craft with the creative spirit of Lewis Carroll’s heroine. Last year, Luminato welcomed its first fashion-focused event, which featured knitwear designer Mark Fast’s reinterpretation of the rose. It’s the perfect time to have Gagnon bring his fashion talents to the festival. The past year has seen his new store open in Montreal’s Old Port, a much-talked about collaboration with Aldo and an exhibition dedicated to his work at the Montreal Museum of Fine Art.

3. Sargasso by Philip Beesley
Architect Philip Beesley brings his sensory-inspired architectural pieces to Toronto’s downtown core for an exhibit that showcases his mesh-and-wire masterpieces. Affected by motion, sound and heat, Beesley’s kinetic designs represent a small sampling of the eco-friendly structures that we may see in the future of urban design and even fashion.

4. Broadway’s Night Out
The festival will bring together the city’s best stage shows including Billy Elliot, Jesus Christ Superstar, My Fair Lady and many others, for a showcase of song, dance and creativity.

Luminato runs from June 10th to 19th. Ticket and event information is available here.

For more must-see events, check out our Summer 2011 Pop Culture hot list.