Ottawa 2017


May 20 – September 4



About Inspiration Village

Inspiration Village: an ephemeral hub located in Ottawa’s historic ByWard Market.

A core site for Ottawa 2017 programming, this edgy-looking entertainment locale on York Street is the site of a succession of special exhibits and performing arts events, each one showcasing Canada’s provinces and territories.

In an unusual twist, Inspiration Village has been built out of sea containers transformed into an aesthetic artistic installation – a sustainable, cost-effective and flexible building material that is gaining interest around the world.

By the numbers…

0                      The price of admission to Inspiration Village

5                      Gentlemen from the Ottawa Mission who prepared the site every morning before opening to the public

12                     Live radio remotes conducted from Inspiration Village

16                     Full time exhibitors at Inspiration Village

20                     Performances on the tops of the sea containers

23                     The average daily temperature from May 20 to September 4 in Ottawa

24                     Local exhibitors who showcased their projects, programs and goods at Inspiration Village

24                     Porter Airline tickets awarded to contestants in the CANADA 3, 2, 1 Fly Away promotion

34+                   National Capital Region companies and organizations that supplied goods and services to the staging of Inspiration Village

41                     Sea containers that housed exhibits and activities

44                     Planters and flower pots that beautified Inspiration Village

49                     Percentage of visitors at the Village from outside the region

87                     Percent satisfaction rate of participants surveyed

93                     Hours it rained while Inspiration Village was open to the public

94                     Exhibitor and event management staff who worked at Inspiration Village over 16 weeks

108                   Consecutive days that residents/tourists enjoyed FREE programming

210                   Hours it will take to tear-down Inspiration Village

275                   Busker performances at Inspiration Village

406                   Hours it took to set-up Inspiration Village           

486                   Hours generously donated by volunteers at Inspiration Village

874                   Hours that the public could enjoy FREE programming at Inspiration Village

912                   Performances, activities and special events that took place at Inspiration Village

5,000                The weight in pounds of a 20’ sea container at Inspiration Village

8,400                Lego pieces that children could play with at the “Build a Nation Station”

12,000              The weight in pounds of each 2nd level 40’ sea container

12,231              The distance in kilometers (one way) that one artist traveled to perform at Inspiration Village

18,000              Square feet that housed Inspiration Village on York Street

30,000              The weight in pounds of the concrete blocks used to secure the 2 shade sails over the Village

60,000              Mega Bloks that children could play with in the centre of Inspiration Village

340,000+           People who visited Inspiration Village from May 20 to September 4

TOO MANY TO COUNT: The number of people who took pictures of the OTTAWA letters or had their picture taken in front of the OTTAWA letters.

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