7th Manifesto Festival enlightened and entertained
The seventh annual not for profit festival of community and culture that took place from Sept.19-23, had a little bit of everything of everyone from visual arts, to culinary and musical prowess of all kinds.
There almost isn’t a genre of art that this festival doesn’t touch, more importantly though, it brings together a plethora of artists and people in one gigantic community center-like festival, that otherwise probably wouldn’t interact much.
It would be impossible to write about everything that happened on this weekend, but we wanted to highlight some of the neatest features.
One of the cool standouts was the amount of competitions and showcases they had, from emerging visual artist displaying their latest creations, to creating improvised art on the spot. They had galleries set up for classical painters to discuss and display their work. They also had a competition for tagging and spray-can artists to paint abstract art on a canvas made entire of cardboard boxes. For visual arts, this festival is a mainstay. And as Martyr reporter previously, under the new rule of Dwayne Dixon, the art community is now benefitting from the expertise of a man with 15 years’ experience in this field, in this city.
During the day at Yonge-Dundas Square, they held floor dancing competitions so people could come and show the moves that seemingly nobody gets to catch under their usual atmosphere of strobe lights and thumping bass. Not to mention the string of amazing DJs and producers they had mixing tracks for them, and all night. The festival also allowed fans and artists alike to participate and learn from forum style discussions and workshops with some of the world’s leading music industry gurus.
The weekend closed off with performances at Yonge-Dundas Square Sunday night, from the likes of Souls of Mischief and Canadian talent such as female rapper Eternia, the Unbuttoned, Sean Leon, Solitair, Jully Black, and Kardinal Offishall along with the Kenyan Boys Choir .To say the cliché statement that this festival had something for everybody is a gross understatement. Not one person that came out to Manifesto left empty handed, metaphorically or not.
Story by Devin Size, Photos by Tee Onek