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TD presents THE 10th ANNUAL MANIFESTO FESTIVAL OF COMMUNITY & CULTURE September 9 – 18, 2016 with Big Lean, Director X, GYALCAST, Desmond Cole, Stacey McKenzie, Noel Clarke, and more

The Summit ft Desmond ColeTD presents The 10th Annual Manifesto Festival of Community & Culture (MNFSTO10) is proud to announce additional programming for their 10th Anniversary! Celebrating ten successful years with ten incredible days of music, art exhibitions, dance showcases, community summits, and more across the city of Toronto from September 9 – 18, 2016.

MNFSTO10 will kick off with an opening night party hosted by Rich Kidd on Friday, September 9 with art installations, dance crews, and DJs Sophie Jones, JAYEMKAYEM and Boi-1da.

Each year Manifesto holds a Summit with town hall meetings, workshops and keynotes to give their community a space to voice their hopes, frustrations, and ideas for positive change. From September 10 – 14 at various venues MNFSTO10 will host keynotes with writer and activist Desmond Cole; Q&As with fashion model Stacey McKenzie and filmmaker Director X; a live podcast recording by GYALCAST featuring Ponytailz; panels including Walk Like A Champion: Young & Queer in the Dance, and Roxanne’s Revenge: A Candid Discussion about Women in the Media; and professional workshops teaching tools from finances to online marketing.

From 10am-3pm on Sunday, September 11 MNFSTO10 will break bread after an opening weekend with A Brunch Ting at Thoroughbred Food & Drink with music by vintage vinyl podcast Cratery.

MNFSTO10 x TIFF will present screenings of KiDULTHOOD and AdULTHOOD, the first two films of Noel Clarke’s British crime-drama trilogy, on Monday, September 12 and Tuesday, September 13 at Innis Town Hall. Director-writer-star Noel Clarke will be in attendance of the AdULTHOOD presentation to participate in an audience discussion following the screening. BrOTHERHOOD, the final film of the trilogy, will have it’s International Premiere at TIFF 2016.

MANIFESTO x Da Degrees present the homecoming concert of Big Lean on Thursday, September 15 at The Mod Club. Big Lean has been making a name for himself in hip hop for the past six years and will make his Toronto performance debut with Murda Beatz, Jay Whiss and more.

On Friday, September 16th, MNFSTO10 and Red Bull Sound Select are bringing BJ The Chicago Kid along with local stars a l l i e and Adria Kain to Adelaide Hall.

Previously announced was MNFSTO10 and RapSeason’s presentation with Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Kaytranada, Daniel Caesar and more at TD Echo Beach on Saturday, September 17. The official after party is the sixth edition of Manifesto’s legendary monthly party High Power – a sweet, sweaty celebration of dancehall, soca and reggae with DJs Nino Brown, Dre Ngozi, and special guests at Miss Thing’s.

MNFSTO10 will end with a massive, FREE and family friendly block party at Yonge-Dundas Square on Sunday, September 18 with headliners A Tribe Called Red and DJ sets throughout the day by DJ OHSO, Celebrity Marauders, YES YES Y’ALL, BEVSTMODE, and DUDEBOX. The MNFSTO10 block party will feature multiple stages on all sides of the Square, top dance crew showcases, live art activations, a community market and tons of food vendors.

All creative assets can be downloaded here: mnfsto.com/manifesto10-relaunch

More programming for MNFSTO10, including art exhibitions, community summits and additional music will be announced in the coming weeks.

Manifesto Festival of Community & Culture was created after a small group of local artists, community organizers, and event promoters gathered at Toronto City Hall to discuss ideas for establishing a new urban arts platform. Identifying the challenges they faced, those young leaders pooled their passions, talent and resources to create opportunities to showcase local artists and organizations. Since then, Manifesto has become 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.

mnfsto.com • @manifesto_to • facebook.com/ManifestoFestival

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