The World in a Square


Friday Nights in July


6pm to 11pm at Mel Lastman Square


Cultura is a free family friendly outdoor festival presenting Music, Art, Food, and Film Friday evenings in July.

Cultura celebrates Toronto’s rich diversity, featuring world-renowned musicians, tasty international street food, explosive buskers, interactive art activities, and evening film screenings under the stars.

This year, we are joined by programming partners Tirgan Festival, Toronto Downtown Jazz, Uma Nota Culture, and Small World Music.


This event has been financially assisted by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, administered by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund Corporation.

Photos taken by Kayla Wondergem

Danielle Ungara | NYA Producer
John Filion | Founder
Christina Giannelia | NYA Executive Director
Cecilia Garcia | NYA Senior Program Manager
Anna Aleksanyan | NYA Communications Manager

July 8, 15, 22, and 29

6pm to 11pm

Mel Lastman Square

5100 Yonge St, North York, ON M2N 5V7



2022 Cultura Festival Lineup

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Cultura Festival History

Cultura Festival 2019

Dates: July 5, 12, 19, 26, 2019

Featured Music: Lemon Bucket Orkestra, The Circle Music Band, Delhi 2 Dublin, Arsenals 100% Kick-Ass Ska
Featured Busker: Nemesis, Hoop You LED Glow Show, The Greg Tarlin Juggling Show, Fireguy Show
Featured Film: Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse, The Breadwinner, Ralph Breaks the Internet, Incredibles 2

Co presenting Partners: North York Arts, City of Toronto
Secondary Stage Sponsor: TD Bank
Presenting Sponsors: Sorbara Development Group, North York Centre 
Partnering Sponsors: TO Live, Longos
Supporting Sponsor: St. Louis Bar & Grill

Cultura Festival 2018

Dates: July 6, 13, 20, 27, 2018

Featured Music: Sharon Riley and the Faith Chorale, Persian All Stars: Amir Amiri and Friends, Songs of Leonard Cohen, The Lemon Bucket Orchestra
Featured Busker: The Fire Guy, Mike Wood, Isabella Hoops, Mighty Mike
Featured Film: Wonder, The Post, Lion, The Greatest Showman

Co presenting Partners: North York Arts, City of Toronto
Main Stage Sponsor: TD Bank
Government Partners: Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund (OCAF)
Cultura Festival Donors: Arthur Dalfen
Presenting Sponsors: Sobara Development Group
Supporting Sponsors: North York Centre, St, Louis Wings

About Us

North York Arts (NYA)  collaborates with artists, arts organizations, and partners to develop, strengthen, and promote cultural programming and initiatives for North York communities

Contact us 

North York Arts
5040 Yonge St.
Toronto, ON, M2N 6R8


Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm

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