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Arts and Culture Program


The mission of the TORONTO 2015 Pan American/Parapan American Games is to “ignite the spirit through a celebration of sport and culture”. This major athletic event will be enhanced by embracing the diversity, humanity and passion that exist in both these arenas. The TORONTO 2015 arts and culture program is creating an accessible, diverse, large-scale festival of contemporary arts and culture titled PANAMANIA, presented by CIBC, that showcases excellence, creativity and a commitment to inspiring and innovative cultural events. 

PANAMANIA is the official name and brand that will be associated with all cultural events tied to the TORONTO 2015 Games — from those at-large, free public celebration sites such as Nathan Phillips Square, to exciting Pan American presentations and unique commissions in legitimate performing arts venues that will have their world premieres during the Games. 

PANAMANIA is contemporary in focus, populist in appeal and at all times driven by the opportunity to showcase the artistic excellence of both established and emerging artists from the Americas, with special focus on Ontario and Canadian artists who are connected to the 41 nations and territories participating in the Games.

This multi-disciplinary performing arts program will feature a variety of programming, including new cultural hybrids, commissions and quality marquee events showcasing the rich cultures of Canada, the Caribbean and the Americas.

The TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee is committed to working with communities across the Greater Golden Horseshoe region to promote Toronto’s cultural diversity, including its Aboriginal cultures and Canada's official languages, using a variety of methods — including partnering with existing events and activities, commissioning new and original work, creating new artistic hybrids and promoting third-party activities. The TORONTO 2015 arts and culture program is committed to developing partnerships with local and regional organizations, including major arts and cultural institutions, to maximize the scale, scope and legacy of the program.

Innovation and New Creation Commission Fund
TORONTO 2015 and its arts and culture team have created a commission fund to seed new and innovative arts and arts-legacy projects related to the TORONTO 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games.  These are unique and innovative artistic concepts that align with the Games mandate and ultimately enhance the cultural fabric of both the Greater Golden Horseshoe region and the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games experience. More than 25 exciting projects have been selected; please click here for more details. 

The full PANAMANIA program, including ticket and schedule information, will be announced publicly in the spring of 2015. In the meantime, stay tuned for details about our exciting plans to celebrate the one-year countdown to the Games in July and August 2014.