Once in a while music, art, culture and technology collide in a way that opens up unique possibilities and shifts consciousness – a catalyst for creative evolution and social change. Get ready Toronto - MANIFESTO returns for their Third Annual Festival of Community & Culture from September 16th – 20th! Toronto will host events around the city with live musical performances, art exhibitions, a film festival, a professional breakdance competition, workshops, an artists’ market and a massive after party showcasing local, national and international artists in the hip hop community.
Event highlights for this year’s festival include the Manifesto Film Festival that will debut a secret cinema in the heart of the city; the high energy, crowd-pleasing Canada Pro Bboy Championship that will see top crews from across North America battle for a $5,000 cash prize; a 3-floor Art Exhibition featuring top notch, cutting edge artists in graffiti, street art, design, illustration, photography and new media with guests that include Montreal’s Roadsworth and world-renowned street artist NUNCA from Brazil; two block parties spotlighting GTA-wide community talent at the Parkdale Youth Festival and 106th & York Variety Show, a Featured Party with special guest and superstar producer 9th Wonder, the dual-venue Manifesto After Party with special guest DJ’s to be announced; and of course the festival’s Main Event – a FREE family-friendly day of arts and music at Nathan Phillips Square that escalates into an epic outdoor concert, this year featuring a rare free performance by headliners and hip hop royalty Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek as REFLECTION ETERNAL! The Main Event also includes the “Freshest Goods” market where young designers and collectives sell merchandise and gain exposure; “Know Your Craft” workshops including capoeira, hand drumming, breakdancing, DJing, and a variety of other art forms; a 70-foot mural painted live throughout the day by Toronto’s cream of the crop, and an open collaborative mural and community dance floor for those itching to get involved!
More special guests are being added to the Manifesto Festival 2009 lineup. The final lineup will be announced by September 8th.
“We are honoured and excited to announce the 3rd annual Manifesto Festival of Community & Culture. Thanks to the commitment of countless community members, mentors and visionaries, this year’s line up respects the festival's past while setting an ambitious vision for its future. To see things grow to these levels in such a short time is truly a beautiful thing and is a testament to the amazing foundation that we have had the privilege to build on. As we grow, we never forget the heart and soul of this movement; built on people power, ingenuity, generational exchanges of knowledge and a common goal of building stronger communities. Let's do this right, as our elders have taught us, and remember throughout this festival and beyond the essence of hip hop: peace, love, unity and safely having fun. Toronto is undoubtedly making its mark internationally as a leading cultural capital; so Toronto, we ask you to stand up and join us in celebrating the vibrant and thrilling youth arts movements brimming with endless potential that exist in our city at this year's festival. Come learn experience, get involved, and share in once again making the annual Manifesto Festival a legendary part of Canadian history.” – Che Kothari, Executive Director
Check out videos of some of the magic Manifesto has created over the past two years and highlights from Canada’s biggest and most innovative hip hop festival:
MANIFESTO EVENT LISTINGS:
* Film Festival – Wednesday, September 16th 6:00pm – 11:00pm
* Dance Competition – Thursday, September 17th 8:00pm – 2:00am
* Art Exhibition Opening– Friday, September 18th 8:00pm – 2:00am
* Parkdale Youth Festival – Saturday, September 19th 12:00pm – 7:00pm
* 106th & York – Saturday, September 19th 6:00pm – 10:00pm.
* Featured Party – Saturday, September 19th 10:00pm – 2:00am
* Main Event, Nathan Phillips Square – Sunday, September 20th 12:00pm – 11:00pm
* Manifesto After Party – Sunday, September 20th 10:00pm – 2:00am
Manifesto Community Projects is a non-profit grassroots organization working 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 three short years, the critically acclaimed Manifesto Festival of Community & Culture brings together hundreds of artists & performers, and thousands of spectators 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, Toronto Arts Council, Laidlaw Foundation, TD Canada Trust and Playstation as well as a large network of grassroots arts organizations, arts institutions, media outlets and other community partners.
Participating Artists Include:
Ward 1 - Angel Carrillo
Ward 2 - Shara Mohamed
Ward 3 - Nik Dudukovic
Ward 4 – Austin Clarkson / The Milkweed Collective
Ward 5 - Will Gaydos
Ward 6 - Jim Mckinley
Ward 7 - Network of Community Based Organizations
Ward 8 – Network of Community Based Organizations
Ward 9 - Elle Alconcel, / Sketch, Womynation, Cue Collective
Ward 10 - Angela Ming Yi Schneider
Ward 11 - UrbanArts
Ward 12 – Balu Kanagalingam / Arts for Children and Youth & Rochelle Stephens / Boys' and Girls' Club of Weston-Mount Dennis
Ward 13 - Alexa Hatanaka
Ward 14 – Che Kothari / Manifesto Festival
Ward 15 - Katherine Earl, Liz Forsberg, Rosie Mohammed, Andrea Roberts / Artstarts
Ward 16 - Carlos Weisz
Ward 17 - Teresa Aversa
Ward 18 - Javid Alibhai / LOFT Youth Program
Ward 19 - Adam Hilborn
Ward 20 - Marisol D'Andrea / The Martin Prosperity Institute
Ward 21 - Dan Chan
Ward 22 - Maryam Siddiqi
Ward 23 - Tom Decena
Ward 24 - Zanette Singh / Sketch & Womynation
Ward 25 - Andres Musta
Ward 26 – Evergreen Brickworks / Sketch
Ward 27 - Judi Michelle, SunMi Jung, Gordon Becker / The Sculptors Society of Canada (SSC) / Canadian Sculpture Centre
Ward 28 - Adrian Hayles
Ward 29 - Gabrielle Lasporte
Ward 30 - Billie Jo Tabobondung
Ward 31 - Gordon Becker
Ward 32 - Stephen Carroll
Ward 33 - Art Starts Villaways / Yvette Martin
Ward 34 - Lisa Mansfield / Lease
Ward 35 - Andrenne Finnikin / Arts for Children and Youth (AFCY)
Ward 36 - Tim Whalley / Scarborough Arts Council
Ward 37 – Rob Matejka / Mural Routes
Ward 38 - Tara Bursey
Ward 39 - Art Starts Glendower / Paulina O'Kieffe
Ward 40 - Tammy Yiu & Junichi Zacks
Ward 41 - Catherine Hernandez
Ward 42 - Benedict Lopes / Scarborough Arts Council
Ward 43 - Lindsay Bess / Elevated Grounds
Ward 44 - Tharmila Rajasingam
“Artmap is an opportunity for artists from across Toronto to connect with each other through the process and outcome. It has also been a political learning experience for many – lots of people did not know which ward they lived in or who their city councillor was before this project started” says Devon Ostrom, Visual Arts Director of Manifesto.
The work is supported by Live with Culture and the Toronto Arts Council and has been produced with assistance from the AGO, Scarborough Arts Council, Lakeshore Arts and UrbanArts.
For high resolution / free use process images, please visit: http://themanifesto.ca/artmap/
For full festival information visit: http://www.themanifesto.ca/festival