Cultura Festival Tonight!
CULTURA FESTIVAL 2012
Presented by John Filion, in partnership with North York Arts, an initiative of Toronto Arts Foundation, the 2012 Cultura Festival presents free Friday nights of entertainment filled with exciting musical performances from around the world, cinematic programming, international culinary experiences, family entertainment and buskers.
The Cultura Festival is an annual celebration of culture in North York. Cultura celebrates the diversity of Toronto and the GTA by showcasing unique artistic talents, musicians, dancers, buskers, family-friendly drum circles and international food vendors. Each festival evening closes with a featured film, displayed on a large screen. ultura began in 2010 as the brainchild of John Filion, who sought to showcase the usability of public spaces; specifically Mel Lastman Square outside of the downtown core, while simultaneously promoting the arts in an open air and publicly accessible venue. Since this time, attendance has grown from 12,000 to close to 20,000 visitors in 2011.
MAIN STAGE MUSIC PERFORMANCES STARTING AT 7:30 PM EACH NIGHT
This year's Cultura Festival main stage will feature music from Quebecois Folk, Soca, Calypso, South Asian, Banjo Jazz, Blues, Flamenco, Chinese and Persian traditional performances.
Main stage music line-up presented tonight:
David Rudder opens the 2012 Cultura Festival with the sounds of Calypso. Since Rudder's rise to fame in, he has been praised by music critics around the world and is known as modern Calypso's most innovative songwriter.
Film presented tonight:
(2011, 126 minutes)
An Academy Award-winning movie about an orphan who discovers a mystery about Paris in the 1930s and the origins of cinema.
For more information about additional programming at the festival starting at 5:00 pm, please visit www.culturafestival.ca/schedule.
The Cultura Festival gratefully acknowledges the generous support of its sponsors and partners:
Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Zip Car, Toronto Centre for the Arts, Canterbury Place, Now Magazine, Toronto Public Library, Gibson House, Global Café, Hotel NoVotel, Entripy, Reel Canada, Dispatch Talent, Random Acts of Dance, Finding Rhythm Drumming and Percussion, Little Monsters and Cheshire Unicorn Productions.
Mel Lastman Square
5100 Yonge Street
North York, ON