about neruda arts


Neruda Arts is a nonprofit world music presenter dedicated to building bridges in the community through music, dance, drama, and literary and visual arts. During the past 15 years Neruda Arts has presented numerous Café Cabarets, Show the World concerts, festivals attracting thousands of residents and visitors, and workshops for emerging artists, youth, and various community groups. This programming has allowed Neruda Arts to develop a strong presence in the arts, culture and community service sectors of the Waterloo Region.

Founded in 2001 by Artistic Director Isabel Cisterna, the organization’s mandate is to support emerging and new Canadian professional artists, and artists from visible minorities, whose work is underrepresented in local cultural institutions. Neurda Arts is dedicated to both the professional development of emerging artists and the artistic development of professional artists, while at the same time working to raise awareness and appreciation for diverse forms of cultural expression in the community. Neruda Arts' programming brings people of all ages and backgrounds together to celebrate diversity and its positive values

Meet our Team

Meet our team

Isabel Cisterna
Artistic Director & Founder
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Paddy Gillard-Bentley
Communications Officer 
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Andres Cuenca
Graphic Designer and Communcations 
Moira Camilla 
Social Media Coordinator & Volunteer Coordinator 
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David Junca
Stage Manager and Vendor Coordinator 
Ambar Hernandez 
Office Co-ordinator and Stage Manager