luminato 2023

A world famous walking puppet is coming to Toronto

Toronto's international festival of arts and ideas, Luminato Festival, is officially back for 2023.

Get ready for another year full of thought-provoking art and conversations that reflect the world. 

This year, the festival will host the Canadian premiere of global phenomenon, Little Amal, a 12-foot-tall walking puppet of a 10-year-old Syrian refugee. 

Little Amal, whose name translates to "hope," has been travelling the world since 2021, and represents all children fleeing war, violence, and persecution. 

She has travelled to 90 cities around the world in search of her mother, and at Luminato, she will walk across the GTA for five days, looking for her new home. 

Luminato has partnered with many civic leaders, community organizers, newcomers, and refugee groups to welcome Little Amal to this year's festival centred on the importance of home. 

The festival will also present the world premiere of Mi'kmaq artist Jordan Bennett's new travelling public art installation Echoes Calling Back, which will be located in College Park. 

Luminato is also set to welcome a mix of local and international artists that will once again take up residency at David Pecaut Square, where the festival has hosted several events in the past. 

The free two-weekend-long festival runs from June 7 to June 18, and begins with the Canadian premiere of Walk with Amal on June 7. 

The first walk will take place from Union Station to Nathan Phillips Square from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

There are also several other walks with Amal organized between June 7-11 in Scarborough, Brampton, Mississauga, Etobicoke, and the Eastern Waterfront. 

You can find details for all the walks here

Lead photo by

The Walk Productions


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