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Luminato Festival Announces Incoming Artistic Director Josephine Ridge

Wednesday, March 16, 2016   (0 Comments)

After its global search for its next artistic director, Luminato Festival appointed Josephine Ridge, the outgoing artistic director of the Melbourne Festival, as a new addition of cultural family of Toronto and Canada. Josephine boasts 30-years of experience and achievement in management and artistic roles for theatre, opera, classical music, ballet, producing and presenting venues and more.

“I couldn’t be more excited to introduce Canada to the incomparable Josephine Ridge, following Jorn Weisbrodt’s widely admired five years,” said Luminato Festival's CEO and ISPA past Board Chair Anthony Sargent. “Josephine’s global reputation as an artistic curator and cultural leader is widely recognized and enormously impressive. I’m thrilled that Josephine shares our enthusiasm and ambition for the future of Luminato at the dawn of its second decade, and for the city of Toronto. I’m also very proud that Josephine is the latest in a series of highly-respected, internationally-acclaimed cultural leaders to choose Canada’s largest and most ambitious city in which to live, work and create.”

“I believe so deeply in the fundamental importance of festivals such as Luminato. It is a great honour to accept the role of incoming Artistic Director,” said Josephine. “I have much respect and admiration for what the Festival has achieved and created in its first ten years and for the vision and accomplishments of my two distinguished predecessors. I am confident that together with Anthony and the team, we can ensure Luminato’s future as one of the most acclaimed city-based arts festivals in the world – and most importantly, one that is deeply embedded in the cultural fabric of Toronto.”

Ridge will assume the position of Artistic Director early this summer, subject to the successful completion of immigration processing. She will attend the 2016 Luminato Festival and plans to follow Anthony Sargent in purchasing a home in downtown Toronto. 

Read the full announcement on the Luminato Festival's website.


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