‘This is our manifesto. Make it yours.’ As simple a philosophy as this is, these few words capture the essence of what manifesto is all about; working as a family to aggrandize social change in Toronto. Canada’s largest festival of art, culture, community and music is back for round three, this time overflowing with hundreds of artists & performers, and thousands of spectators.
“Manifesto is a non-profit grassroots organization working to unite, energize, and celebrate Toronto’s vibrant and diverse music and arts community. Everything we do is geared towards fulfilling our mandates and the desires identified through community engagement and feedback, using a multi-disciplinary approach including arts and music workshops, professional development programs, concerts… whatever’s clever.” Manifesto Organizers.
This festival, which is designed and organized by an eclectic bunch of fresh, young people, goes far beyond simply exhibiting local talent. The Manifesto family aims to get young people involved in community projects and keep them off the streets; giving them an outlet to network, to speak their minds and to have their voices heard. It is for the youths to become something, someone extraordinary.
Particular attention is paid to Toronto born and bred urban artists; with that said, you can’t think urban without thinking hip hop. This festival confirms that an amazing hip hop following subsists in Canada. We breed dope hip hop geniuses; we, the urban youth, reveal in hip hop culture and style; and we know how to beautify all that talent through a five day festival, held in Toronto.
Having collaborated with a multitude of likeminded institutions and organizations, Manifesto has been able to not only endure but to blossom the arts, within city culture to a great degree, letting the urban agglomeration recognize hip hop ain’t dead.
“Thanks to the commitment of countless community members, mentors and visionaries, this year’s lineup 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.” – Che Kothari, Executive Director.
From September 16th to 20th, this urban festival will take flight and soar with dance parties, outdoor concerts, B-boy battles, art manifestations, film screenings and much more. The main event, which is a FREE outdoor event held at Nathan Phillips Square on Sunday, September 20th will bring an impressive bill to the stage. Headliners and hip hop royalty Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek will create delicious noise along with many more which will be announced on September 8th.
This event authenticates how the dynamic progressive platform of hip hop has amplified in Canada.
The revolution of Canadian hip hop art and music starts here.
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
• 106 & York Urban Arts Festival – 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
Below is a video recapping the Manifesto events in 2008:
-Deepi Harish, Marketing Intern