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Hello from Canada! My name is Tricia and I promote, produce, and program festivals and events and festivals that encourage sustainable development of the arts and culture. I have a passion for creative placemaking and for creating interactive, immersive events which inspire residents to be part of the change they want to see in their community.

I am the Artistic Director of Calliope Collective, based in Kingston Ontario. I’ve been dreaming this collective for a decade and for the past 3 years have been blessed to produce events in a park which was being threatened to have a road paved through it. (We helped save the park). Much of what inspires conceptually is a sense of connectivity with nature, environmental issues, and the seasonal cycles. I am also a performer (dance/stiltwalking) and so our events are mutli-disciplinary combining music, theatre, wearable art, interactive visual art installations, dance… and always an element of circus.

Calliope Collective is a not-for-profit arts collective dedicated to:
Creative Placemaking: Producing experiential theatrical events that transform familiar spaces, and the ways in which people interact with each other within and in relation to those spaces.
Fostering Development: Providing a platform for underrepresented arts in under-utilized spaces in Kingston in order to broaden the scope of the arts and culture in our community.
Professionalism: Establishing a standard of excellence in the quality of the work produced and how it’s presented; enforcing industry standards of remuneration.
Cultivating a sense of wonder: Encouraging the letting go of preconception; to allow for the possibility of being transported to a world of enchantment, spectacle and surprise.

Major sources of inspiration for me would be the Bosch Parade (inspiration for our current project Hydra) in the Netherlands, Beltane Fire Festival in Edinburg and the art of Ann Hirsch and Jeremy Angier of A+J Art+Design. Entitled SOS (Safety Orange Swimmers),