Toronto's inaugural Luminato Festival will be an explosion of culture, creativity and celebration. For ten days commencing on June 1, 2007 hundreds of renowned local, regional and international artists will descend upon the world's most multicultural city for a spectacular line-up of global premieres, unprecedented collaborations and unique events.

The brainchild of David Pecaut who has been instrumental in driving Toronto's post-SARS tourism recovery effort and led by CEO Janice Price, a performing arts management guru, Toronto will come alive with a fusion of music, art, theatre, dance, opera, film and literature featuring more than 90 critically acclaimed performances and events.

Highlights and international premieres include:

"¢ Book of Longing (June 1"“3) – Philip Glass' original concert work based on Leonard Cohen's first collection of poems in over 20 years

"¢ Aurora/Testimonies (June 1"“10) – Atom Egoyan and Kutlug Ataman's collaborative exhibition featuring video portraits and published conversations

"¢ Not the Messiah (June 1, 2, 4) – Spamalot's Eric Idle and John Du Prez together with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra present the world premiere of an original light-hearted oratorio based on Monty Python's Life of Brian

"¢ Shen Wei Dance Arts (June 6"“9) – Celebrated choreographer Shen Wei brings to the stage performances of "Re" and "Rite of Spring" in an evening of contemporary dance

"¢ Risk Everything (June 7"“9) – Acclaimed Polish director Grzegorz Jarzyna uniquely reinvents George F. Walker's gritty and compelling play into a live street performance

"¢ Luna(Opera) "“ A Luminato Gala Event LUNA (June 8 ) – a magical mix of moonlight and music featuring 16 of Canada's greatest international opera stars

Tickets for select Luminato events go on sale in April 2007. To receive advance information on both free and ticketed events, visit www.luminato.com.

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