Joanna Riquett
 
 

who am i?

Hola! I’m Joanna, I'm an experiential designer focused on creating meaningful and memorable events with the mission of educating, transforming, and elevating our collective consciousness through play, music, art, food, and other creative forms.

I work on projects at the intersection of the experience and the transformation economies, potentiating human connections through powerful events.

Find me on Instagram or LinkedIn.

 

 How I can help you!

Are you tapping into the full potential of your gathering?
Did you think through the storytelling of your event?
Did you consider your guest in every step of the experience?
Do you want to create a meaningful gathering but don’t know how?

I specialize in helping to answer these questions so your event is everything you dreamed of and your message is properly received.
Check the services I offer and let’s talk.

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What I’ve Done

Here are some of the most relevant examples of what I’ve done in the past year, adapting to budgets, location, guests, storytelling, amongst others.

 
 
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Kinnerlat Oaxaca, mexico

KinnerLat, a branch of Kinnernet, is a gathering of carefully selected innovators. The unconference, held in a different Latin American city every year, aims to foster innovation through collaboration. By introducing attendees to the region’s social and technological advancements and creating an open platform for discussion, KinnerLat aims to find solutions to real-world problems.

During 4 intense days, 140 people came together in Oaxaca to meet, think, share, and collaborate on ideas, projects and initiatives they are leading around the world. We made sure to not only facilitate this flow of information but also to highlight the beauty and culture of Oaxaca through dinners, talks, cultural visits, and of course, parties. I handled all the experiene design and production of the event, selecting our chefs, designing spaces, coordinating the experiences, etc.


Day of the dead curated trip, san miguel de allende, mx

The intention of this curated immersive experience was to showcase Mexican culture beyond the mainstream. From culinary adventures in mezcal tastings, chef-prepared local cuisines, building ofrendas, to face painting, and dance celebrations long into the night, guests of our Day of the Dead experience in San Miguel del Allende immersed their senses into an experience of taste, sound, sight, feel, and cultural education.

Our 14 guests were able to see San Miguel de Allende beyond the tourist eye, and got to enjoy four days of alebrijes workshops, ATV exploring, cemetery visits and be part of the Catrin/a annual parade, among other activities. Co-hosted with Toni Alejandria and I handled all production, hiring photographers, chefs, makeup artists, workshops, housing, transportation, etc.

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Rosh Hashanah, Puerto Rico

A sunset dinner outside of San Juan, Puerto Rico, to reflect on the past year after Hurricane Maria and usher in the Jewish New Year. We invited 35 guests that have helped with the recovery of the island through the many different initiatives they are leading. On this occasion, we invited them to reflect on the year that had past guided by the Jewish rituals of Rosh Hashanah. The dinner was accompanied by a fantastic menu inspired in traditional celebratory Jewish food, conversations that inspired one another and allowed guests to connect in a more meaningful way. Co-hosted with Erin Schrode.


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Salsipuedes, Barranquilla, COL

Salsipuedes is an immersive dinner experience that invites guests into a temporary world for one night only. In 2018, we hosted 100 people around a themed Shabbat to celebrate the creativity and culture of old-school Caribbean culture. We converted an office house into a Caribbean house from the ‘50s and asked guests to dress accordingly. We invited the Cosa Nuestra team, a crew of chefs and bartenders from Puerto Rico, to collaborate with Colombian chef Alex Quessep in the creation of the menu. The night went along with music, food and cocktails all prepared to evoke the nostalgia of the Caribbean of yesteryear. I handled the experience design and production, and also oversaw the creative direction of the space design, performance artists, musicians and the event creative.


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Mexico City Creative Immersion, Mexico City

Exploring one of the hottest cities in Latin America with an exceptionally curated experience. From walking through interesting architecture and design concepts, learning a bit of history, meeting local creatives, doing private gallery and studio visits, learning about some of Mexico’s most acclaimed artists, tasting the best street food, sipping great cocktails, to participating in personal development workshops we covered a little bit of everything. On this 4 days trip to Mexico City, our guests were able to tap into the creative culture of the city and see it from the perspective of its inhabitants. This was Hayo’s first curated trip and I handled all production, hiring photographers, chefs, experiences, workshops, housing, transportation, etc.


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Art Basel Fundraiser Shabbat, Miami, USA

This event, the Art Basel Shabbat, together with the Cosa Nuestra Collective raised $23,000 for Puerto Rico. During this evening we were able to raise $11,500 which matched by the Mark E. Curry Foundation becomes $23,000 and translates into 5600 warm meals for the people that needed it the most. We had a silent auction with custom aprons designed by Puerto Rican artist Adrielo, a dollar bill by artist Danielle de Jesus and bottles of champagne by Perrier Jouet. Co-hosted with Juan Mora and I handled all production, hiring photographers, musicians, and overseeing the creative direction of the event.

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HAYO MAGAZINE, VANCOUVER, CA.

An indie magazine for creative minds focused on travel, arts, culture, and curiosities. We launched the first print issue of Hayo in 2016 and published an issue per year. We gathered all kinds of stories to explore the themes of each issue from various vantage points—from Canada to Kenya, from Germany to Colombia—we brought writers, photographers, illustrators, artists, editors, designers, to work together. As the Editor in Chief, I was in charge of defining the theme and creative direction of the each issue, as well as selecting and outsourcing the photographers, illustrators and artists to participate. I worked closely with the managing editor to give direction to the writers, and with the art director to give structure and style to the magazine’s look and feel. From begining to end, thinking, producing, and directing this magazine was my role.