An agile team deliver hundreds of integrated projects every year.
Dave founded Dionysus to develop a more artistic and compelling culture in Canberra. Through an extraordinary range of quality cultural projects shown on this site, his team program and manage places to become meaningful destinations. For a video on David's current work, see this HerCanberra interview.
Driven by contemporary philosophies of culture and meaning (esp. deconstruction and post-subjectivity), Dave has connected 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 Gymnastic. 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. During the past decade, Kristi has lived in Sydney and Perth. She now lives in Canberra with her husband, two energetic young boys and beloved kelpie, Pearl. Recently, 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 new City Place Manager, she will work 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. Gupi spent time studying architecture under Professor Mario Botta at Università della Svizzera Italiana in Switzerland. She combines her skills in architecture, photography and graphic design; to add art, colour, and fun to our stories. Despite speaking four languages, visual representation is Gupi's speciality, giving spice and excitement to the everyday.
Gupi uses her superpowers of visual design and communication, to create beauty in any story they tell, be it through a photo, words or a hilarious Tik-Tok. In Argentina, Gupi specialised in storytelling for events. She might be short but she dreams big! She combined her event management and visual representation skills to produce 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 always be found behind the camera, sharing smiles with all those around her.
Fabio is our man in charge of the Soul Defender, from piloting the Mothership to curating her projects, installing the sound, lights and everything in between. He manages the party arm of the company with Escape Ferocity, Canberra's beloved underground electronic music event brand. In contrast to the creative roles, he also manages compliance for all of Dionysus' projects, making sure everything is fabulously safe, yet still stupidly spectacular. Interestingly, his background revolves exactly around all those things...
Always involved with event management and electronic music from a very young age, where his career progressed to an internationally renowned artist, performing on some of the biggest festival stages in the world, such as Boom Festival in Portugal and Rainbow Serpent here in Australia. The business side of things very much interested him since the start, becoming involved with labels, event organisers and key players behind the scenes came naturally. His events back in Brazil had a special touch, bringing together all his experiences from around the globe.
On a side note, he is an avid wakeboarder who loves being out in the water and an aspiring aircraft pilot; he feels the Soul Defender has been the closest thing to actually flying.