MANIFESTO Festival of Community & Culture: 5 days. 8 venues

    120+ artists. One city. September 16 - 20 2009 This
    is our manifesto. Make it yours.

    TORONTO, Sept. 2 /CNW/ - The biggest and most innovative hip hop festival
in Canada, MANIFESTO returns for its Third Annual Festival of Community &
Culture from September 16 - 20! Toronto will host events around the GTA
showcasing the very best in hip hop culture.
    While other corporate festivals this year are seeing crowd and sale
slumps from the recession, MANIFESTO survives and continues to grow showing
the resilience of the hip hop community.
    Festival highlights include the main event, one huge FREE FAMILY Outdoor
Concert at Nathan Phillips Square with afternoon headliners Bajah + The Dry
Eye Crew (Sierra Leone) and evening headliners Tona, Solitair (Black Jays),
Colin Munroe, Scratch From The Roots, plus a legendary full length set by hip
hop royalty Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek performing as REFLECTION ETERNAL that will
run until 10:00pm! Other highlights include a three floor art show titled
Chapter 3 Art Exhibition, a film festival featuring The Freshest Kids and Bomb
It!, and the $5000 Canada Pro Bboy Championship featuring international judges
and bboy crews.
    Other national and world-renowned artists involved include artists NUNCA
from Brazil and Roadsworth from Montreal, super producer 9th Wonder and dj
Rich Medina.
    "We are honoured and excited to announce the 3rd annual Manifesto
Festival of Community & Culture. Thanks to the commitment of countless
community members, mentors and visionaries, this year's line-up 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. Toronto is
undoubtedly making its mark internationally as a leading cultural capital; so
Toronto, we ask you to stand up and join us in celebrating the vibrant and
thrilling youth arts movements brimming with endless potential that exists in
our city at this year's festival. Come learn experience, get involved, and
share once again in making the annual Manifesto Festival a legendary part of
Canadian history." - Che Kothari, Executive Director.


    -   Film Festival - September 16th 6:00p- 12:00p @ The Acacia Centre -
        186 Spadina Ave - $5.00
    -   Canada Pro Bboy Championship -September 17th 8:00p - 2:00a @ Sound
        Academy - $15 Advance, $20 Door
    -   Chapter 3: Art Exhibition - September 18th 8:00p - 2:00a - @ 52
        McCaul St - Pay What You Can
    -   Parkdale Youth Festival -September 19th 12:00p - 7:00p @ Queen &
        Cowan - FREE
    -   106 & York Urban Arts Festival -September 19th 6:00p - 10:00p - FREE
    -   Hip Hop Love & Manifesto After Party -September 19th 10:00p - 2:00a
        @ Premium Rhythm Bar - $20.00 Advance
    -   Main Event -September 20th 12:00p - 10:00p @ Nathan Phillips
        Square - FREE
    -   Dual Manifesto After Party -September 20th 10:00p - 2:00a @ Mod
        Club & Revival Bar - $20.00 Advance

    Tickets for events are available for purchase at
    Check out videos of some of the magic Manifesto has created over the past
two years and highlights from this unique festival:


    The Manifesto Festival is supported by Canadian Heritage, The Government
of Ontario, The Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto
Culture, Toronto Arts Council, Laidlaw Foundation, TD Canada Trust and
Playstation as well as a large network of grassroots arts organizations, arts
institutions, media outlets and other community partners.

For further information:

For further information: Indoor Recess Inc., Lisa Da Silva - ph. (416)
895-1851, e.; Che Kothari, Manifesto Community Projects,
Executive Director - ph. (416) 569-6355, e.

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