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Timaj Garad is the Founder and Artistic Director of LUMINOUS Fest. She is an Ethiopian Toronto-based multi-disciplinary storyteller, Arts-Educator, Community Organizer, and Creative Consultant using poetry, theatre, and music to bring her stories to life. Timaj’s art is autobiographical, working at the intersections of a black Muslim woman challenging injustice, unearthing truths, and healing. As an award-winning Artist & Educator, she has graced over 300 stages and facilitated several arts-based workshops. In addition to LUMINOUS Fest, Timaj has created and facilitated the Project Heartwork series for Muslim women and Stellar (R)evolution poetry and theatre series for Black Muslim Women as well as showcases like The Stars Within Us, Heart to Art, to name a few. In 2018, she co-founded an arts-based wellness retreat series for Muslim Women called The Sisters’ Retreat where she facilitates ‘Tales & Tapestries’ – a reflective writing workshop – as part of the organizations flagship Panama retreat. Timaj is currently living in Toronto, sharing her poetry on stages across the province, continuing to organize arts events, and working on her debut EP ‘Blooming at the Mouth’ to be released in Fall 2020. Timaj believes in the transformative power of the arts to build capacity and strengthen communities. You can follow her work at

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