Aug 28 - Sept 7, 2020

Marina Szijarto

Marina Szijarto a visual artist with a diverse and eclectic arts practice working within the mediums of community-engaged rites and celebrations, site-specific installations, theatre and performance crafts. Marina grew up in rural Britain, embedded in ancient traditions and history, and is now a settler on the unceded Coast Salish lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people Marina has been the Art Director at the Richmond Maritime Festival for the last 6 annual festival - designing the puppets, props, installation and facilitating the hands on arts activities that thousands of festival goers have enjoyed for years. She designed and built the puppet ‘Lulu the mermaid’, the costumes for the 3 singing mermaids as well as most of the iconic visuals of the festival. This year she brings her skills and knowledge of traditional ancestral crafts of the seas to the festival as she demonstrates these crafts and shares the stores of their connection to the Maritime and Britannia Heritage Shipyards. In addition to her work at the Maritime Festival, she has been recognised for her creative contributions to the Vancouver professional theatre community with two Jessie Richardson Awards, and seven Jessie nominations for outstanding costume design, set design and mask/puppet design. Marina was the recipient of the 2018 Richmond Arts Awards for Cultural Leadership. She is the creator of the Harvest Full Moon event that has been part of City Centre Community Centre since it’s opening. Marina is co Artists in Residence at Mountian View Cemetery in Vancouver and Night for All Souls, now in its 17th year. website