Staff getting dressed in full personal protective equipment (waterproof suit, apron, gloves, mask, boots and protective glasses) at the Ebola Treatment Centre in Bikoro in the northwest of the Democratic Republic of Congo, when an Ebola outbreak was declared in May 2018. © Hugues Robert/MSF

MSF at Luminato 2024 in Toronto

Doctors Without Borders and Luminato Arts Festival bring attention to global displacement this June ahead of World Refugee Day.

  • Start Date: June 9, 2024, 1:00 pm
  • End Date: June 9, 2024, 11:00 pm
  • Location: David Pecaut Square, Toronto

This June, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is proud to collaborate once again with Luminato Festival Toronto, a multi-arts festival that inspires connection and conversations through art. During the festival, MSF will be bringing attention to the global displacement crisis and inviting you to engage in unique conversations with Canadians who’ve work in MSF projects. Show your solidarity with the over 110 million people on the move around the world today and learn more about their displacement journeys. 

Activities happening at the MSF booth  

Here’s how you can take part in our MSF activities at Luminato In The Square on Sun., June 9 from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. at David Pecaut Square: 


Visit the MSF tent to talk with healthcare and logistics workers back from assignment abroad, as well as local staff, who will be happy to answer your questions about our work along displacement routes and the impacts of the migration journey on people’s health. 


Bring out your inner artist and explore what it means to be uprooted from your home as we create an interactive piece of art in collaboration with Oddside Arts, a cultural arts nonprofit group. Together we will explore vibrant visual patterns and show our solidarity with people who have been forcibly displaced around the world through a large-scale art piece designed with creative prompts. Make sure to snap a photo, tag @msfcanada and share on Instagram ahead of World Refugee Day on June 20. 


Check out the Canadian debut of Side by Side, MSF’s new photo exhibit created in collaboration with world-renowned digital artist Uğur Gallenkuş, on display until June 16. The exhibition features a selection of collages by Uğur created with original pictures from MSF’s archives. In our daily lives saturated with constant news, it is challenging to address the question of rights, safety, access to healthcare and the discrepancy between living conditions in different parts of the world. These images portray starkly different realities that challenge us to reflect and look beyond our every day to see the big picture.