4th Manifesto Festival hits Toronto this Sept 20 – 26 with Jay Electronica, Saukrates and more! [News/PSA]
Toronto, ON – The Fourth Annual Manifesto Festival kicks-off on Sept. 20 with the Governor General’s “Can We Talk?” Youth Dialogue followed by an entire week of mind-blowing art exhibitions, jaw-dropping dance competitions, film screenings, workshops/seminars, pop-up arts market and much more. The spectacular festival will culminate on Sept. 26 with a massive FREE outdoor concert at Yonge-Dundas Square headlined by Saukrates and Jay Electronica. Manifesto will transform the city for 7 days into a culture-bed of music, art and dance igniting 8 venues with over 120 artists offering something for everyone. Bigger and more exciting than ever. Festival highlights include:
Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, hosting a Youth Dialogue to celebrate the International Year of Youth with Toronto youth performances by neo-soul & jazz singer Bilal, respected New York emcees Jean Grae & Citizen Kane, along with local talents Rich Kidd, Saukrates, and international headliners mixtape DJ J.Period and Jay Electronica. Art installations including Cubeworks who will create one of the largest art works the world has ever seen out of Rubix Cubes featuring 7 of Canada’s legendary hip-hop artists: Michie Mee, Maestro, Saukrates, Kardinal Offishall, k-os, K’naan & Drake. Film Festival featuring Bouncing Cats by Nabil Elderkin with narration by Common & interviews with Mos Def, Will.I.Am and K’naan and Invisible City, directed by Hubert Davis. So Much Things to Say Speaker Series featuring a group of cultural innovators, who will share their unique wisdom and experiences, including internationally renowned award winning dub poet Lillian Allen, Canadian hip-hop legend Maestro, and many more. Canada Pro 2010 featuring Canada’s top hip-hop and breakdancers who will compete for the title of Canada’s Pro Champion and a large cash prize.
The Festival unites top Canadian and International artists showcasing passion, diversity and raw talent, inspiring community through creativity and culture. Energizing, supporting and celebrating Toronto’s vibrant and diverse music & arts community, Manifesto has become a catalyst for creative evolution and social change.
“The 4th Annual Manifesto Festival of Community & Culture is less than a month away and I couldn’t be more amped! Manifesto was born out of nothing but pure and honest love; a love that was inspired and fed by the artists in this city [Toronto] that have such raw and innate talent which manifest themselves into beautiful modes of self and collective expressions. After four years of immense growth, planning and partnerships, Manifesto is ready to reignite the city again this September!
With 7 days of carefully crafted programming, a fresh new look, brand new events, and a new home for The Main Event at Yonge & Dundas Square – Manifesto is excited to invite Toronto to join in celebrating another incredible festival! Another great year lies ahead to unite and connect over 40,000 people!
Come support & witness our unbelievable homegrown talent, help us play host to some very special guests, and find out why Manifesto is quickly becoming one of the best hip hop festivals in North America.”
– Che Kothari, Executive Director
MANIFESTO EVENT LISTINGS
- Governor General’s Youth Dialogue – Monday, Sept. 20 4:00PM-6:00PM
- Youth Arts Pitch Contest – Monday, Sept. 20 following the Governor General’s Youth Dialogue
- Bilal Concert @ Revival Bar – Tuesday, Sept. 21 8:00PM-2:00AM
- Film Festival in association with NOW Magazine @ Royal Cinema – Wednesday, Sept. 22 7:00PM
- Made You Look Art Exhibition @ Airship 37 – Thursday, Sept. 23 8:00PM-3:00AM
- TO Meet NYC @ The Great Hall – Friday, Sept. 24 9:30PM
- Canada Pro 2010 @ Manifesto Warehouse – Saturday, Sept. 25 6:00PM-1:00AM
- Main Event @ Yonge-Dundas Square – Sunday, Sept. 26 Noon-11:00PM
- New Era presents the Official Afterparty in association with Stylus Group @ Hard Rock Café – Sunday, Sept. 26 9:00PM-3:00AM
Founded in 2007, Manifesto is a non-profit grassroots organization that works to unite, energize and celebrate Toronto’s vibrant and diverse music and arts community and find innovative ways of working together towards common goals. Growing to be the largest and most unique festival of its kind in just four short years, the critically acclaimed Manifesto Festival of Community & Culture brings together hundreds of artists & performers, and thousands of spectators over 7 days to showcase our city’s talented arts community and strengthen its foundations by building a collective sense of pride and possibility.
The Manifesto Festival is supported by Canadian Heritage, The Government of Ontario, The Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Culture, Laidlaw Foundation, Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, Playstation, TD Canada Trust, as well as a large network of grassroots arts organizations, arts institutions, media outlets and other community partners.
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