Maria Dina Galura is the owner of Calgary Party 50, where she creates beautiful balloon installations for events, organizations and charities. A portion of her sales go to The Happy Birthday Project from Made By Mama, an organization that throws birthday parties for children in shelters. One of her most famous creations is the large-scale installation for the 2018 Beakerhead festival that turned the former Enoch Sales House in Victoria Park into a vibrant homage to the movie Up. Galura sees planning and executing these creative projects as her way of giving back to community. “Seeing an installation by yourself makes you happy, but if we experience it with a friend or family, and with everyone else, I think the happiness is elevated,” she says. The thousands who saw (and photographed) the Enoch Sales House installation would certainly agree.
This article appears in the January 2021 issue of Avenue Calgary.