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Create Your Revolution auf der Frankfurter Buchmesse

The speakers at the conference

Memory Banda auf der Frankfurter Buchmesse

Memory Banda

Memory Banda is changing tradition to become an agent of change, she is an advocate, a feminist, and a fierce campaigner on education and against child marriages. She is the founder of Foundation4GirlsLeadership, a non-profit dedicated to raising young girl leaders and advocating for their rights. Her powerful voice in advocating for the change of the legal marriage law in Malawi has succeeded in raising the legal marriage age from 15 to 18 years of age.

Memory Banda is changing tradition to become an agent of change, she is an advocate, a feminist, and a fierce campaigner on education and against child marriages. She is the founder of Foundation4GirlsLeadership, a non-profit dedicated to raising young girl leaders and advocating for their rights. Her powerful voice in advocating for the change of the legal marriage law in Malawi has succeeded in raising the legal marriage age from 15 to 18 years of age.

She has spoken at TED, the 59th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women and at the Oslo Freedom Forum.

Gina Belafonte auf der Frankfurter Buchmesse

Gina Belafonte

Gina Belafonte activates artists in service of grassroots movements. She has spent her life in the arenas of entertainment and activism where her professional work thrives today. As the youngest child of Julie and Harry Belafonte, whose impact in these fields is among the most influential and progressive in the world, Gina’s passions come as no surprise.

Gina Belafonte activates artists in service of grassroots movements. She has spent her life in the arenas of entertainment and activism where her professional work thrives today. As the youngest child of Julie and Harry Belafonte, whose impact in these fields is among the most influential and progressive in the world, Gina’s passions come as no surprise.

As Executive Director of SANKOFA she works with diverse artists, activists and organizations worldwide to promote cultural and civic engagement in the 21st century.

Lena Chen auf der Frankfurter Buchmesse

Lena Chen

Lena Chen is reclaiming identity in a post #MeToo world as feminist artist, writer, and activist based in Berlin and Los Angeles. Her work addresses women's identity, trauma, and intimacy.

Lena Chen is reclaiming identity in a post #MeToo world as feminist artist, writer, and activist based in Berlin and Los Angeles. Her work addresses women's identity, trauma, and intimacy.

Following the publication of revenge porn by an ex-boyfriend in 2009, Chen and her partner were subject to online harassment.

Rinpoche Choegyal

Tenzin Choegyal Rinpoche

Tenzin Choegyal Rinpoche is fighting the quiet revolution and is dedicated to strengthten empathy and ethics in democracy.

Tenzin Choegyal Rinpoche is fighting the quiet revolution and is dedicated to strengthten empathy and ethics in democracy.

He is the brother of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Jennifer Clement - Create Your Revolution

Jennifer Clement

Jennifer Clement raises the voice of women authors, as the first woman President of PEN International since the organization was founded in 1921. She is also the creator of the revolutionary Women‘s Manifesto. The manifesto proclaims that “For women to have free speech, the right to read, the right to write, they need to have the right to roam physically, socially and intellectually.”

Jennifer Clement raises the voice of women authors, as the first woman President of PEN International since the organization was founded in 1921. She is also the creator of the revolutionary Women‘s Manifesto. The manifesto proclaims that “For women to have free speech, the right to read, the right to write, they need to have the right to roam physically, socially and intellectually.”

Her manifesto has since transcended PEN and has been adopted by organizations around the world.

Betelhem Dessie auf der Frankfurter Buchmesse

Betelhem Dessie

Betelhem empowers girls with technology. She is an Ethiopian coder and developer and currently a Founder and CEO of iCog- Anyone Can Code (ACC). It trains children aged six to thirteen on topics ranging from robotics and AI to programming. She owns four patented projects individually and an additional three in collaboration.

Betelhem empowers girls with technology. She is an Ethiopian coder and developer and currently a Founder and CEO of iCog- Anyone Can Code (ACC). It trains children aged six to thirteen on topics ranging from robotics and AI to programming. She owns four patented projects individually and an additional three in collaboration.

Betelhem has been named "the youngest pioneer in Ethiopia's fast emerging tech scene" by CNN.

Rinchen Khando

Rinchen Khando Choegyal

Rinchen Khando gives a voice to women in buddhism. She became one of the founding members and the first president of the Tibetan Women’s Association (TWA), a body dedicated to the empowerment of Tibetan women and supports them to become leaders within their communities all over the world. She also founded the Tibetan Nuns Project.

Rinchen Khando gives a voice to women in buddhism. She became one of the founding members and the first president of the Tibetan Women’s Association (TWA), a body dedicated to the empowerment of Tibetan women and supports them to become leaders within their communities all over the world. She also founded the Tibetan Nuns Project.

Today, under the careful watch of Rinchen Khandro, the project provides education, food, shelter, and health care to 700 Tibetan nuns from all Tibetan schools of Buddhism and ranging in age from pre-teen to mid-80s.

Philip Rooke

Philip Rooke

Philip Rooke is taking a stance for on-person self-expression. He is dedicated to empowering customers to express themselves through creating, discovering, and selling clothing and accessories in an exciting and straightforward way.

Philip Rooke is taking a stance for on-person self-expression. He is dedicated to empowering customers to express themselves through creating, discovering, and selling clothing and accessories in an exciting and straightforward way.

Philip joined Spreadshirt in 2009 as Head of the Sales and Marketing, bringing with him a wide breadth of experience and success in fast-growth sectors. In 2011, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer.

John Kampfner - Create Your Revolution

John Kampfner

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John Kampfner is a long-standing author, broadcaster, commentator and polymath. John established the Creative Industries Federation and led the organisation from 2014-2018, putting the sector at the heart of political, economic and social decision-making for the first time in the country's history.

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John Kampfner is a long-standing author, broadcaster, commentator and polymath. John established the Creative Industries Federation and led the organisation from 2014-2018, putting the sector at the heart of political, economic and social decision-making for the first time in the country's history.

He's currently writing a book comparing contemporary Germany to Brexit Britain, to be published next year by Atlantic.

NAHUM

Nahum

The Future of Culture: Looking Beyond our Horizon and Taking Ownership of (Space) Futures.
50 years ago, a man landed on the moon. It was moment that connected people, pushed the boundaries of what we knew and dared to dream, and has since etched itself into the iconography of contemporary culture. A look into the future of space to better understand the present and future on Earth. Nahum, Artist and Founding Director of the KOSMICA Institute.

The Future of Culture: Looking Beyond our Horizon and Taking Ownership of (Space) Futures.
50 years ago, a man landed on the moon. It was moment that connected people, pushed the boundaries of what we knew and dared to dream, and has since etched itself into the iconography of contemporary culture. A look into the future of space to better understand the present and future on Earth. Nahum, Artist and Founding Director of the KOSMICA Institute.

He is a space leader and former chair of the Technical Activities Committee for the Cultural Utilisation of Space (ITACCUS) at the International Astronautical Federation (IAF).

Phylis Omido auf der Frankfurter Buchmesse

Phyllis Omido

Phyllis Omido, dubbed the “East African Erin Brokovich” is a Kenyan environmental activist. After learning her own breast milk was making her baby sick—and realizing her child wasn’t the only one suffering from lead poisoning—Phyllis Omido galvanized the community in Mombasa, Kenya, to shut down the smelter that was exposing people to dangerous chemicals.

Phyllis Omido, dubbed the “East African Erin Brokovich” is a Kenyan environmental activist. After learning her own breast milk was making her baby sick—and realizing her child wasn’t the only one suffering from lead poisoning—Phyllis Omido galvanized the community in Mombasa, Kenya, to shut down the smelter that was exposing people to dangerous chemicals.

She received the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2015.

Nazan Gökdemir

Nazan Gökdemir

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Nazan ist a German journalist and TV moderator.

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Nazan ist a German journalist and TV moderator.

She currently anchors “arte Journal” that airs on the European cultural channel arte.

Jochen Sandig

Jochen Sandig

Jochen Sandig was born in Esslingen, Germany. In 1990 he moved to Berlin to study psychology and philosophy. Following the founding of the Tacheles Art Centre in 1990, in 1993, together with Sasha Waltz, he founded Sasha Waltz & Guests. In 1996 he co-founded Sophiensaele, an independent venue for dance and theatre productions in Berlin-Mitte, which he directed until 1999. From 2000 to 2004 Jochen Sandig was a member of the artistic direction at the Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz. Since 2004 he has been the director of the independent Sasha Waltz & Guests GmbH.

Jochen Sandig was born in Esslingen, Germany. In 1990 he moved to Berlin to study psychology and philosophy. Following the founding of the Tacheles Art Centre in 1990, in 1993, together with Sasha Waltz, he founded Sasha Waltz & Guests. In 1996 he co-founded Sophiensaele, an independent venue for dance and theatre productions in Berlin-Mitte, which he directed until 1999. From 2000 to 2004 Jochen Sandig was a member of the artistic direction at the Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz. Since 2004 he has been the director of the independent Sasha Waltz & Guests GmbH.

In 2006, together with Folkert Uhde, Jochen Sandig founded radialsystem in Berlin. In 2010 he was awarded the French cultural order »Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres«. In February 2012 he celebrated his first direction work with »human requiem«, a staging of Johannes Brahms' »Ein Deutsches Requiem« in cooperation with the Rundfunkchor in Berlin and Simon Halsey. Since its premiere the production travelled to Hamburg, Amsterdam, Paris, Granada, Rotterdam, Athens, Hong-Kong, Adelaide and New York. The production was awarded with the »Classical Next Innovation Award 2016«. As a social and political activist he became one of the three co-founders of the World Human Forum in Delphi, Greece. In 2019/20, Jochen Sandig became artistic and executive director of the Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele / Internationale Festspiele Baden-Württemberg.

Corey Scott Gilbert

Corey Scott-Gilbert

Corey Scott-Gilbert was born in Washington D.C., USA. He studied Dance at the Baltimore School for the Arts as well as later on at the Juilliard School in New York under the direction of Benjamin Harkarvy and Lawrence Rhodes. While in school, he was a finalist at the Monaco Dance Forum and was called a »very impressive performer« by the »Pointe Magazine«.

Corey Scott-Gilbert was born in Washington D.C., USA. He studied Dance at the Baltimore School for the Arts as well as later on at the Juilliard School in New York under the direction of Benjamin Harkarvy and Lawrence Rhodes. While in school, he was a finalist at the Monaco Dance Forum and was called a »very impressive performer« by the »Pointe Magazine«.

Further, he was featured in a national broadcast for the NAACP's ACT-SO Awards Gala. After graduating with a BFA in 2005, he accepted an invitation from France to be a soloist with Lyon Opéra Ballet. There, he collaborated with and performed choreographies by William Forsythe, Mats Ek, Jiří Kylián and Sasha Waltz, with who he worked for the first time in 2006. In 2007 he joined Alonzo King's LINES Ballet, as a member of which he received the Princess Grace Award in 2009. In 2010 he joined the Cirque du Soleil to create and be featured in the show »Iris«, which he also performed at the Oscars in 2012. Since 2013 Corey Scott-Gilbert has lived as a freelance artist in Berlin, where he regularly works with Sasha Waltz & Guests as well as currently with Richard Siegal and Eszter Salamon.

Tea Uglow auf der Frankfurter Buchmesse

Tea Uglow

TL Uglow ('Tea') is Creative Director for Google's Creative Lab in Sydney. She works with cultural and creative organisations around the world exploring the space between technology and the arts and what can happen where they intersect. Tea has a history in the arts, a love of literature, and a problem with staying focused. She speaks graphics geek, a bit of web-dev, some Python, a touch of digital strategy, remedial project management, and really bad French. Her likes include physical/digital, pen and ink, and carefully organised chaos doubt.

TL Uglow ('Tea') is Creative Director for Google's Creative Lab in Sydney. She works with cultural and creative organisations around the world exploring the space between technology and the arts and what can happen where they intersect. Tea has a history in the arts, a love of literature, and a problem with staying focused. She speaks graphics geek, a bit of web-dev, some Python, a touch of digital strategy, remedial project management, and really bad French. Her likes include physical/digital, pen and ink, and carefully organised chaos doubt.

At the moment the "interests" list contains: augmented audio, digital books, proximity tech, non-linear storytelling, and the physical web... plus a few things that are less tech-geek like uncertainty, small people, and yoga.

Holger Volland - Create Your Revolution

Holger Volland

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Holger Volland currently serves as Vice President and member of the executive board of Frankfurter Buchmesse. He is responsible for international business development and sales and heads the book fair’s office in Beijing. He founded THE ARTS+ a think tank event for technology in culture.

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Holger Volland currently serves as Vice President and member of the executive board of Frankfurter Buchmesse. He is responsible for international business development and sales and heads the book fair’s office in Beijing. He founded THE ARTS+ a think tank event for technology in culture.

As Autor of “The creative Power of Machines” he published about interactions of artificial intelligence and culture.

Adrian Wootton - CYR

Adrian Wootton

Adrian Wootton OBE, is the Chief Executive of Film London, the agency charged with developing the screen industries in the capital. His mission: Preserving British cultural industry post-Brexit.

Adrian Wootton OBE, is the Chief Executive of Film London, the agency charged with developing the screen industries in the capital. His mission: Preserving British cultural industry post-Brexit.

He is also the CEO of the British Film Commission, the unit responsible for promoting the UK as the best place to produce feature films and high end television.

CREATE YOUR REVOLUTION-Talks: Programme Outline

For 500 years the Frankfurter Buchmesse has been a place for discussion and debate. This year the stage is set for personal stories of revolution, activism, and positive change.

The CREATE YOUR REVOLUTION-Talks is an event that gives the stage to global change makers whose powerful ideas are shaping a bright and hopeful future.

We are celebrating freedom of expression and the power of culture to support the economic, social, and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. Let’s talk and create our revolution!

18:00

Welcome to the Revolution! Why Culture matters more than ever.

John Kampfner, Former Chief Executive of the Creative Industries Federation & Nazan Gökdemir, TV Journalist for arte in conversation with Juergen Boos, Director Frankfurter Buchmesse

18:05

From Artist to Artivist: Using Culture to raise Issues and Voices

Gina Belafonte grew up with a front row seat to activism, in a family of artists who used their platform to shine a light on the tensions of the time, such as the Civil Rights Movement and the Women’s Movement. She watched her father, Harry Belafonte, use his voice for change and, today, talks about her personal journey to activism and how culture can drive change.

Gina Belafonte, Actress, Producer and Executive Director of SANKOFA

18:20

Stories from a Non-Violent Revolution: Identity, Freedom, and Human Rights in Tibet

Like few other nations, Tibet represents a revolution and the on-going fight against the suppression of culture. Tenzin Choegyal Rinpoche continues to uphold and spread the non-violent principles of the Buddhist faith, while his wife Rinchen Khandro is dedicated to a revolution of her own, empowering Tibetan women to take on roles of leadership in their communities and beyond. A reflection on subtle acts of resistance in the face of upheaval. 

Nazan Gökdemir in conversation with Rinchen Khando, founding member and the first president of the Tibetan Women’s Association (TWA) and Tenzin Choegyal Rinpoche, a younger brother of Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.

18:40

Being Bold. Being Loud. And Embracing Self-Expression

Philip Rooke, CEO Spreadshirt

18:50

Create Your Revolution: A Fearless Discussion About the Future of Culture, Democracy, and Humanity

This year’s Frankfurter Buchmesse takes place shortly before the United Kingdom is set to withdraw from the European Union and Germany celebrates the 30-year anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall – revolutions that have shaped and will shape Europe forever. As part of these changes and transitions we hear a lot about what politicians say, but who is listening to culture? As we brace for change, we must recognize and safeguard culture as a space to contemplate history and develop new ideas for the future. Our closing panel contemplates the future of democracy and culture and celebrates the power of leading through positive change in a world falling back into polarization. 

Moderation: John Kampfner, Former Chief Executive of the Creative Industries Federation

Philip Rooke, CEO Spreadshirt

Jochen Sandig, Cultural Entrepreneur and Co-Founder of RadialsystemSasha Waltz & Guests and World Human Forum Delphi

Adrian Wootton, CEO Film London

additional speaker to be confirmed

19:20

7:20 Taking a Stance: A Moving Interlude 

Corey Scott-Gilbert, Dancer with Sasha Waltz & Guests

19:45

Doing Right by our Planet, our Culture, and Ourselves: Why Everything is at Stake in a Globally Connected World

In the face of disruption and political uncertainty, faith in established structures is eroding while activism is burgeoning. Individuals from across the world, of all ages and all backgrounds are taking a stance and making their voices and their stories heard as they work toward global sustainable development and prosperity for people and the planet.

Nazan Gökdemir moderates a Fireside Chat with a surprise guest and

Memory Banda, Malawian Activist and Leader for Girls’ Rights

Jennifer Clement, Author, President PEN International and Creator of Women’s Manifesto

Phyllis Omido, Environmental activist and Founder of The Center for Justice, Governance, and Environmental Action

20:15

The Future of Culture: Looking Beyond our Horizon and Taking Ownership of (Space) Futures

50 years ago, a man landed on the moon. It was moment that connected people, pushed the boundaries of what we knew and dared to dream, and has since etched itself into the iconography of contemporary culture. A look into the future of space to better understand the present on earth. 

Nahum, Space Artist, Founding Director of the KOSMICA Institute and chair of the Technical Activities Committee for the Cultural Utilisation of Space (ITACCUS) at the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) (to be confirmed)

20:25

Desirable Futures and the Creative Unknown

Across the globe, people feel like a new chapter in the history of humankind is being written. Exponential technological growth is stoking fears that human creativity will be relegated to the side-lines. But fear hinders innovation and brings us one step closer to technology using us, rather than us using technology to innovate, create and shape a desirable future. An interdisciplinary session to hack the future and celebrate the diversity of voices driving innovation in tech, art, and culture. 

Moderator: Holger Volland, Director Business Development, Buchmesse, and author of “The Creative Power of Machines” 

Lena Chen, Feminist artist, writer, and activist

Tea Uglow, Creative Director of Google's Creative Lab in Sydney

21:00 End