At the amazing Illuminite festival on November 16, 2013, there were tons and tons of breathtaking performances. The Illuminite performers flew, danced, and did fancy walks!
The festival’s purpose is to light up downtown Toronto with a big bang. Illuminite has a lot of actors from Winter Magic, a professional performance team. In fact, there are so many people who come to this event that the place is very crowded wherever you go. If you’re short like me, you won’t be able to see much.
“About 8,000-10,000 people come to this event per year,” said Mark Garner, the executive director of the Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area. “This event started seven years ago in 2006 and happened right on Yonge and Dundas Square.”
Illuminite started at 6:00 p.m. and ended at 8:00 p.m. At the beginning of the event, music started playing while the performers got ready to come out to perform. Most people were attracted by the balloon even before the event started.
Wherever you looked, there were people shifting from one side to another, trying to get a better look at what was going on. Interesting things were going on at every corner of Dundas Square. The things that caught people’s attention the most were: the acrobat on the white balloon, four gentlemen playing drums on the roof, an angel with handcuffs on, and people in silver outfits.
Near the end of the event, the performers tossed a lot of balls to the audience. People tried to grab one to keep it. Near the end of the balloon performance, the acrobat hanging on the balloon threw some pebbles at a Christmas tree and all the lights went on. We met a performer named Nicky Pearson, but she didn’t have time to talk.
“I like watching shows because they seem to be pretty fun and interesting,” said Ethan Yang, a young child. “I’m very excited about the balloon fly.”
The audience was too amazed to leave even after the end of the event. They stood still until they made sure that there were no more performances.
“The weather and the double stages is the hardest part of this event,” said Garner when we asked about any challenges he has experienced while organizing this event.
Illuminite hopes to see you next year. The Winter Magic festivals will go on until the end of this month so step into Dundas Square and be amazed!
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