Diaspora Dialogues supports the creation and presentation of new fiction, poetry and drama that reflect the complexity of Toronto through the eyes of its richly diverse writers. Publishing and mentoring activities, as well as a monthly multidisciplinary performance festival, help encourage the creation of a literature that is vibrant and inclusive, while bringing these works to a wide audience.
Since launching in 2005, Diaspora Dialogues has engaged over 400 emerging and established, culturally diverse and/or Aboriginal artists from the literary and performing arts in commissioned new work, a mentoring program, a multidisciplinary reading/performance series and artist-run workshops for at-risk youth of high school age. We also host professional development seminars for the writers/artists who have come through our programs. We partner with many organizations to produce our events, including Harbourfront Centre, Luminato, Nuit Blanche, The Word On The Street and Toronto Public Library. Our commissioning/mentoring program produces an annual anthology, TOK: Writing the New Toronto. We work to expand access to the arts by developing new networks and professional relationships among the arts community, community-based organizations and organizations serving newcomers.
170 Bloor Street West
Contact Name:Helen Walsh