Derek Andrews (Toronto,Canada) – Luminato Festival

Derek AndrewsDerek Andrews is an independent arts consultant, Music Curator at Toronto’s Luminato Festival, artistic director of Mundial Montreal and programs music for North York’s Cultura Festival. 

Derek’s Global Café management roster is focused in the genres of folk, jazz, blues and world music.  As a concert organizer Derek developed themed concert programming at Harbourfront Centre (1986-2003) presenting 4,000 artists from Ashley MacIsaac to Zakir Hussain and was co-artistic director of Toronto’s WOMAD festival (1988-92).

Derek has presented seminars at many industry conference, is board chair of the Toronto Blues Society and has served on advisory committees for the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council, in November 2011 he launched Canada’s first world music conference, Mundial Montreal.  As an Associate Member of the European Forum of Worldwide Music Festivals, Derek is an internationally recognized authority on “world music” and a passion advocate for creative approaches in music as a tool for breaking down cultural barriers.