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Meet the Team: Colourful Carolina

Wednesday 8 January 2020

Carolina at Ventana Fiesta

We interviewed Ventana Fiesta Director, Carolina Aguilera de Snow, to find out about her favourite memories and moments of Ventana Fiesta over the years.

When did you start working at the FAC and why?

In 2009 I stated working for Ventana Fiesta in the ex-Cultural Development Unit at FCC in the Civic Centre. I got adopted to FAC in late 2011, when the CDU closed. Why? I just had come back from a short stint living in Argentina and needed a job. A Latin Frankston resident told me about the vacancy of an Arts Project Officer in Frankston City. I had been a volunteer at Ventana (Ventana Latina, Latin Fiesta) from the start, so I gave it a shot. It was my hobby and the first job I applied for outside architecture and teaching, and I got it. I started at the end of October to deliver the festival in March the following year. That was full on and I loved the challenge! I thought I would do it for a couple of years and then move back to architecture. Ten years later, architecture is my hobby and arts and community engagement my profession! Somewhere along the way, I went back to Uni to study arts and community engagement.

Your favourite show that you have worked on or seen here?

Mmm… difficult question. I have many favourites. I feel excited and refreshed with the arts collaborations every year. I am particularly fond of the projects around the following installations: Tapping Identities; Façade; Marco Polo in Piñata; Elixir; TrashBanquet, the Last Supper, which represented Australia in a Biennale abroad; Murga; White Dress. What I love the most is engaging with schools and communities. Each project goes multiple ways to enrich us all, no matter where we come from, what we do or how old we are… Wait for Ventana 2020!

Best memory?

I have many…working late with artists and colleagues on deadlines, before openings of the Fiesta. There is fun in that sort of deadline energy. Looking at the finalised brochure each year! And when everything is set for the festival or activities, I enjoy every minute of it until it finishes with my colleagues and the community.

Which shows this season are you looking forward to?

Postcards of Tango of course… with nerves and pride.

Tall Tales but True?

I am willing to go to the moon and back, if that effort makes a project great!

Best thing about Frankston

Frankston.

Favourite Food & Drink

It depends on the occasion. I am always happy to try new things. Local fresh food that considers the environment is great. Food made with love and care…is awesome.

Funniest question you have been asked?

In the Ventana community? I can’t tell in public…sorry : )

Funniest thing an audience member has done?

A visually impaired client at a watercolour batik workshop asked me if I was a ‘wog’. The room went silent…and I thought that was funny. It is bittersweet I know, the client meant it as fun, but everyone else got embarrassed and did not know what to say at the time.

Who are the friendliest/funniest celebrities you have worked with?

Certainly Odie, our council pet. Romuald Hazoume an internationally recognised artist born in Benin. We were introduced at the Biennale and we got to work together for two days in Buenos Aires. Our common language was German. He was very witty and fun!

Most bizarre rider you have received?

The one written and drawn on a used paper napkin. I had to scan it in order to save it.

Do you have any superstitions?

Not really, but… when the rehearsals are messy, the shows are great!

Best solution you worked out for a problem?

I feel I have to be creative with solutions to problems many times. Many times great projects come out of problems, such as with TrashBanquet, the Last Supper. The Trash Banquet was there from the beginning, but the Last Supper performance part of the installation was the addition the project needed to be exciting and edgy at the same time

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