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Che Kothari is the Executive Director of Manifesto Community Projects, whose mission is to unite, inspire and empower diverse communities of young people through arts and culture. Manifesto is best known for hosting the annual Manifesto Festival of Community & Culture, which has grown to become Canada's largest celebration of hip hop culture and beyond. Manifesto has 2 sister organizations Manifesto Jamaica & Manifesto Barbados. In addition to his role as Executive director, Che spends time as a mentor, workshop facilitator, keynote speaker and is also an internationally recognized portrait photographer and has shot some of the leading artists of our time. He is involved on a number of boards and advisory's, both locally, nationally, and internationally, and is building a strong legacy of youth arts organizing tied to self-actualization globally.

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Machel Montano on Why Art Is Power

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 3:41 PM

Art is Power: A column where Che Kothari, renowned photographer & founding director/chairman of Manifesto, asks artists to succinctly define the power of art.


I'm probably flying over Jamaica right about now, en route to Trinidad once again. It was exactly one year to...

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Va$htie on Why Art Is Power and Taking 1992 Party Abroad

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2014 | 4:30 PM

Art is Power: A column where Che Kothari, renowned photographer & founding director/chairman of Manifesto, asks artists to succinctly define the power of art.

Va$htie Kola, also known as Downtown's Sweetheart, is widely notorious for being a creative, talented and beautiful tastemaker who occupies several scenes of New...

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Yuna on Why Art Is Power

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 5:11 PM

Art is Power: A column where Che Kothari, renowned photographer & founding director/chairman of Manifesto, asks artists to succinctly define the power of art.

Last November, Wan Luv (our Music Director at Manifesto) and I went out to Los Angeles to meet with a group of Canadian curators...

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Scot Sardinha on Why Art is Power

(0) Comments | Posted November 30, 2013 | 9:18 AM

Art is Power: A column where Che Kothari, renowned photographer & founding director/chairman of Manifesto, asks artists to succinctly define the power of art.

Meet Scot Sardinha: a Trinidadian-born multi-faceted artist currently living and working out of Los Angeles. The quintessence of creativity, he explores multiple realms of...

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Manifesto Festival Announces 7 Year Lineup & Evolution Theme

(0) Comments | Posted September 13, 2013 | 3:33 PM

Manifesto Festival of Community & Culture goes down September 19-22 in Toronto Canada featuring headliners Jhene Aiko and the 20 year anniversary celebrations of Souls Of Mischief, a Major Art Exhibition, Dance Battle & Awards Night, Summit, Keynotes, Workshops, Producers Showcase and Parties! All the details can be...
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Melanie Fiona on Why Art Is Power

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2013 | 4:06 PM

Art Is Power: A bi-weekly column where Che Kothari, renowned photographer & director of Manifesto, asks artists to succinctly define the power of art.

Some people really deserve to make it. Not just because they're blessed with extraordinary talent, but also because their talent is matched by dignity,...

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Crazy Legs on Why Art Is Power

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2013 | 12:05 PM

Art Is Power: A bi-weekly column where Che Kothari, renowned photographer & executive director of Manifesto, asks artists to succinctly define the power of art.

We were thrilled to bring Richard "Crazy Legs" Colon to Toronto for the 4th Annual Manifesto Festival in 2010 -- as one of...

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Protoje on Why Art Is Power

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2013 | 5:01 PM

Art Is Power: A bi-weekly column where Che Kothari, renowned photographer & executive director of Manifesto, asks artists to succinctly define the power of art.

There are times you meet an artist whose very presence breathes the power of creation, who you just know is bound to have...

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Danilo M. McCallum on Why Art Is Power

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2013 | 5:44 PM

Art Is Power: A bi-weekly column where Che Kothari, renowned photographer & executive director of Manifesto, asks artists to succinctly define the power of art.

I love travelling the world and exploring the beauty which exists in all of her nooks and crannies. There are so many things...

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AFRaKaReN on Why Art Is Power

(0) Comments | Posted March 15, 2013 | 12:13 PM

Before we had written language, we had storytellers. Their role was critical: without paper and pen the passing down of stories by word of mouth was the only way communities could preserve the lessons they'd learned and the his/herstories they lived. AFRaKaReN is one of our village's storytellers.

These days...

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Shad On Why Art Is Power

(1) Comments | Posted February 18, 2013 | 9:10 AM

Art Is Power: A bi-weekly column where Che Kothari, renowned photographer & executive director of Manifesto, asks artists to succinctly define the power of art.

In case you haven't heard the best news for the arts in Toronto in a long time, let me be the one to...

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Kardinal Offishall On Why Art Is Power

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2013 | 4:40 PM

Art Is Power: A bi-weekly column where Che Kothari, renowned photographer & executive director of Manifesto, asks artists to succinctly define the power of art.

Ask an artist like Kardinal Offishall to talk within the theme "Art is Power" and then sit back, 'cause you know he's going to tear...

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Toronto: Use the Billboard Tax to Fund the Arts

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2012 | 4:51 PM

Recently the Supreme court of Canada upheld the billboard tax unlocking one of the last barriers to increased funding for the arts in Toronto. This billboard tax was first proposed to the city in 2001 during the Creative City Youth Consultations as a way to enhance art in the public...

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