Luminato 2014

Cardboard beach coming to King West for Luminato

If you live or work downtown and fantasize about running away (but not too far away) to catch some rays, art will have your back this June. The 2014 Luminato Festival will install a fully licensed temporary beach at their hub at David Pecaut Square from June 6-15, where the world's largest disco ball hung last year.

The catch? Unlike Toronto's admittedly decent existing beaches, this "oasis" will be entirely made of cardboard. Cuban art collective Los Carpinteros are pulling our leg with their Cardboard Beach installation - but a beach party is still a beach party, even if it's smack between King West and the Financial District and the huts, chairs, cabanas, umbrellas are all made of cardboard. The real downside? Organizers want you to wear flip flops. Ew.

Luminato seems to be invested in reaching out to Toronto's party and food scene this year: on Saturday, June 7 the festival is bringing in 10 local chefs to the beach for a themed barbecue menu, plus live entertainment, and they've planned a train themed "food adventure" ride that will run from Fairmont Royal York Hotel to a secret destination where there will be live performances and eats aplenty.

The fest will also takeover the Pattison Onestop video screens in the TTC from June 2-15, and have hooked up The Roots and TV on the Radio to headline a ticketed weekend concert series. Perhaps best of all, Matthew Barney's latest film River of Fundament will screen three times during the fest. Watch our for our full preview closer to the festival.

Luminato runs from June 6-15.


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