Manifesto Festival Announces Free Outdoor Programming Featuring Chronixx For 2018 Edition

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Manifesto Festival of Community and Culture is pleased to announce the 12thedition will be returning to its original form, with expanded free festival grounds at Nathan Phillips Square, and a packed program of multi-arts events splashed across downtown Toronto. The festival was created to provide access and opportunity for young creatives to celebrate community and culture through music, visual arts, dance, an educational summit and much more. With the first iteration hosted in front of city hall, the annual event will once again occupy space in Toronto’s civic square.

Since his first-ever performance at Manifesto Jamaica, Chronixx and Zinc Fence Redemption have been soaring to international stardom. Coming full circle, Chronixx and Zinc Fence Redemption will make a return to Toronto to headline Manifesto Festival 2018 at City Hall. The Jamaican Billboard Reggae Chart topper and Grammy nominee artist fuses contemporary reggae, Dancehall, R&B, Rap, EDM and pop and will be backed by his full six-piece band.

In an effort to ensure broader accessibility, Manifesto will be teaming up with community partners from around the GTA to provide free shuttle bus programs that allow young people to attend the main events.

Stay tuned for additional announcements in the upcoming weeks regarding festival programming and the Manifesto Discovery Series, August 9-14, taking place across various Toronto venues and DIY spaces.

About Manifesto
Founded in 2007, Manifesto Festival of Community & Culture is a celebration of hip-hop culture and beyond. The non-profit, youth-powered platform was designed to showcase local artists and create events aimed at cultivating multi-disciplinary artistic and professional development for young people across a variety of mediums.

Now in its 12th year, the festival continues to provide carefully curated programming in music, visual arts, dance and more– through concerts, art shows, block parties, workshops, summits. New this year is the Manifesto Discovery Series, a dynamic group of community and arts events in partnership with Toronto’s up and coming arts collectives, organizations, artists and movie-makers.

Manifesto seeks to address barriers for young creatives including:
-Insufficient income-generating and employment opportunities for young people and artists
-Unrealized benefits of greater collaboration between artists, organizations, institutions & genres
-A lack of mainstream support infrastructure for homegrown artists (venues, media, industry, etc.)
-Systemic exclusion and under-resourcing of marginalized and racialized communities.