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Toronto’s festival of arts and creativity, Luminato, makes its 2011 appearance in just a few short weeks. The 5th  installment of this annual festival runs for 10 days beginning June 10 in Toronto’s parks, stages, and other public places to celebrate the many forms of creativity expressed in our world today.

Some areas of exploration at Luminato include visual arts, fashion, dance, food, music, film, and a plethora more.   Returning this summer in celebration of collaboration, the creative process, and accessibility of film is the “Luminato Reel,” a series of films both short and feature-length. The program features documentaries of festival artists and films that revolve around the Luminato themes, including a focus on Arab culture. Some films on offer are Indigenes (Days of Glory) , The Battle of Algiers , Lawrence of Arabia , Requiem for a Dream , and Incendies , to name just a few. All of the indoor screenings take place at TIFF Bell Lightbox. Oh, and they’re free .

New to the “Luminato Reel” this year is an exciting event: outdoor screenings at the Festival Hub in David Pecaut Square (55 John St, just off King). Running only from June 13th to 16th, all screenings start at 12:30 pm. Oh right, and again, these are free . Grab some street meat and head on over –  what a great lunchtime option! With such expansions as this in the festival lineup, even though the 2011 festival has not yet begun, I can’t wait to see what they have in store for 2012. Ready yourselves for a creative takeover, Toronto; Luminato is on the way!

For a full list of films and program events please click here.