Kat Estacio

Kat Estacio is a Tkaronto-based creative and recovering overachiever. An experienced administrator, Kat has a B.Comm and over a decade on-the-ground work with community non-profits and arts organizations. They previously worked as managing director at Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts and Culture, and continues to be involved in different capacities throughout the years as an arts mentor, committee member, and consultant. As festival director, Kat facilitated the scale of Kultura Filipino Arts Festival from a block party to a multi-day event. They also gained confidence crunching numbers at the Centre for Mindfulness Studies as their long-time finance coordinator. Kat is currently involved as a member of the Artistic Advisory Council at The Music Gallery, and is Exclaim! Media’s print magazine layout editor.

When working on their sound and visual art practice, Kat often focuses on collaborative and exploratory projects. They blend analog and acoustic elements with digital and electronic as a palette for self-expression. Informed by their lived experience as a diasporic queer racialized woman, Kat centres intentional and embodied remembering in creating for the senses. They are also a member of Pantayo, an all-women Filipino kulintang gong ensemble. Their debut album was shortlisted for the 2020 Polaris Music Prize.

Kat likes to spend time in nature doing nothing, making food for friends and going to queer dance parties.

 
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