Manifesto Community Projects
Founded in 2007, the award-winning Manifesto Festival of Community & Culture is one of Canada’s biggest celebrations of hip hop culture and beyond – a multi-disciplinary, world-class festival with a positive social and economic impact. Manifesto is a non-profit, youth-powered platform designed to put local artists on the map and unite, inspire and empower diverse communities of young people through arts and culture, year-round. Manifesto programs aim to cultivate multi-disciplinary artistic and professional development for young people and artists across mediums. Building careers, fostering community connections and fuelling civic pride – all while contributing to the vitality of the city.
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Manifesto Festival 2018
This application is for “Manifesto 12” the twelfth annual installment Festival, a series of events taking place across Toronto from August 21 to October 25, 2018. A majority of the programming will be concentrated in a five day period beginning on August 21. The 2018 Festival will return to a 100% free model, and will focus on multi-arts activations and unique “underground” experiences in non-traditional venues. Programming will include: (1) “Manifesto 12: Live at the Square”, a marquee free concert at Nathan Phillip’s Square on August 25. As Manifesto’s main banner event, organizers look to draw on major headliners (past performers include A Tribe Called Red, Anderson .Paak, and Kaytranada). The concert will feature five to six artists (two major headlines and three to four local acts). 2018 performers are not yet confirmed. Projected attendance: 37,850; (2) “Manifesto Dance 12”, the Festival’s premier dance event (location to be confirmed) on August 24. The event will showcase emerging Canadian dancers in a head-to-head dance off environment. Performers for this event are not yet confirmed but will be finalized at the top of 2018. Projected attendance: 450; (3) “Manifesto Art Show 12”, an annual group exhibition (location to be confirmed) on August 23. The show will feature top Canadian and international guest artists in painting, illustration, photography, and new media and more. Projected attendance: 2,500; (4) “The Summit 12”, an arts education and knowledge exchange conference at Daniels City for the Arts on August 22. A one-day series of panels, workshops, skills building labs, motivational discussion, one-on-one networking opportunities and instructionals. Topics and contributors for this year will be confirmed in early 2018. Projected attendance: 600; and (5) after parties and celebrations that will take place between each of the major events.