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October 10, 2019

Powerful Mandela exhibition opens October 10 at the Meridian Arts Centre in Toronto

A new exhibition at the Meridian Arts Centre opening in Toronto on October 10 immerses visitors in Nelson Mandela’s profound struggle for freedom and equality. Mandela: Struggle for Freedom was originally created for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg. Toronto now becomes the first stop on the exhibition’s multi-year North American tour, which is being managed by Lord Cultural Resources.


"Mandela: Struggle for Freedom is the first traveling exhibition originated by the award-winning Canadian Museum for Human Rights,” says Gail Lord president of Lord Cultural Resources. “I am so honoured to have worked with the Lord team to help build the museum and now to bring this exhibition here to Toronto.”


When he was freed, Mandela’s first visit outside Africa was to Toronto, making this a fitting place to begin the tour for Mandela: Struggle for Freedom.

At this exhibition, visitors can follow Mandela into hiding after he is declared an outlaw, and then join him inside a replica of the prison cell that was his home for 18 years. Experience the bittersweet joy of his release, after 27 long years of imprisonment. Finally, witness South Africa’s first democratic elections, and learn about Mandela’s efforts to rebuild a nation shattered by racism and injustice. Explore what was happening on the streets during Mandela’s lifetime and hear from Canadians who joined the struggle for freedom and equality.


I am very excited that TO Live, who manage several of Toronto's best public theatres, stepped up to show this exhibition and to upgrade a brilliant space to house it,” says Lord.


The Meridian Arts Centre is at the North York Centre subway station, adjoining North York Central Library.

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