Dave founded Dionysus to develop a more artistic and compelling culture in Canberra. Through an extraordinary range of cultural projects shown on this site, his team program and manage places to become meaningful destinations. For a video on David's recent work, see this HerCanberra interview.
Driven by contemporary philosophies of culture and meaning (esp. deconstruction and post-subjectivity), Dave has uses skills across programming, arts administration, event management, branding and communications, hospitality, government regulation, place visioning and place management to widen the creativity and critical response of hundreds of thousands of people. This creates more exciting places to visit and live, and nurtures harmonious communities to value creativity and, over time, greater existential meaning. In today’s fragmented world, that’s what we need most.
He is the sole Director of Dionysus and volunteers as both the President of MusicACT and a Director of Australian Dance Party.
As the City Place Manger, Kristi's diverse experience in events, performance and community engagement gives her fresh and acute eyes over our city.
Kristi started dancing before she could walk. Dedicated to movement and performance, she spent her youth representing Canada as an internationally ranked Rhythmic Gymnast. Sparking a desire to explore and perform, Kristi moved to the big apple at 18 to study at the renowned Neighbourhood Playhouse School of Theatre. As a performer and athlete who faced physical challenges for years, Kristi found Yoga as a way to heal herself.
Her career path led her to become a Yoga Instructor and ambassador to the Global Baptiste Yoga Community. This newfound passion led her to Australia and her role as the National Programs Manager for Power Living Australia Yoga. She loves to love in Canberra with her husband, two energetic young boys and beloved kelpie, Pearl.
Before coming to Dionysus, Kristi worked as the ACT Engagement Coordinator for the national not-for-profit, GIVIT, providing support to community service providers across the territory. Someone who strives to improve the lives of all Canberrans, Kristi fell in love with the heart and soul of our bush capital. As Dionysus's City Place Manager, she works with business owners and stakeholders to increase the beauty and vibrancy of the city. You can catch her sipping coffee or wine with friends, laughing, and playing with her family in her free time.
Gupi is a native visual communicator. She studied architecture under Professor Mario Botta at Università della Svizzera Italiana in Switzerland and now combines these skills with all types of design to tell stories of place. Dionysus' events, installations, workflows and graphics are sculpted by Gupi's visual prowess, giving spice and excitement to the everyday.
Back in Argentina, Gupi specialised in storytelling for events. She produced Climactivo, an international Climate Change summit with 20,000 people, and also led a team of 15 to deliver a 500,000 people, 10 day festival for Argentina's bicentenary.
Gupi can be found behind a camera or design software, sharing smiles with all those around her.
Fabio is our man in charge of managing compliance – an ever-evolving role as the company's projects expand. On the creative side, he manages Escape Ferocity and other electronic music related projects, seeking to play a positive part in Canberra’s night-time economy. He is also in charge of Soul Signs, a cultural promotion initiative aimed at helping the city’s exciting events achieve wider public awareness.
He has been involved with event management, music business and electronic music from a very young age and his career naturally progressed to that of an internationally renowned artist, performing on some of the biggest festival stages in the world, such as Boom Festival in Portugal, Universo Parallelo in Brazil and Rainbow Serpent here in Australia.
Currently he finds joy in drawing inspiration from his travels and adapting it to projects that will benefit our beautiful city.
He's too humble to admit it, but Jordan is an expert in designing and delivering phenomenal experiences.
As Dionysus' lead event manager, he uses event technology, attention to detail and wonderful people skills to build memorable festival experiences in Canberra City.
He also heads up mission control for the Soul Defender, managing its operations and advancing its technical capabilities.
Technical event production is one of the many skills he established early in his career. He has travelled the country for a huge variety of shows designing and operating event technical systems including mixing audio, lights and vision. On the more local front, Jordan has managed production for Canberra's biggest events, including Enlighten, Floriade, Australia Day, New Year's Eve and thousands of others.