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CREATE YOUR REVOLUTION makes creative artists' and activists' voices heard, by giving a stage to the ones that realised that their actions have a positive effect on the world and want to make a change, create their own revolution.

Ai Weiwei auf der Frankfurter Buchmesse

A cooperation project

Together with the German-French cultural channel ARTE, a series of conversations were filmed that introduce a selection of these people. Moderated by Nazan Gökdemir, CREATE YOUR REVOLUTION encounters concert pianist Igor Levit, climate activist Luisa Neubauer, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei and many more. The conversations will be made public regularly, here and in the ARTE media centre.

Interview with Igor Levit and Luisa Neubauer

They only knew each other via Twitter - ARTE and the Frankfurter Buchmesse have now brought them together on an exciting exchange on sustainability: climate activist Luisa Neubauer and star pianist Igor Levit.

Luisa Neubauer und Igor Levit im Interview

Interview with Ai Weiwei

“For me, art is life”, says Ai Weiwei, explaining his self-perception as an artist. At his studio in Berlin, he speaks about the power of culture, why he’s leaving Germany, and how art can change society and the way people think.

Ai Weiwei im Interview bei Create Your Revolution

About the protagonists

Igor Levit bei Create Your Revolution

Igor Levit

When playing the piano, Igor Levit unites “acoustic charm, intellectual drive and technical brilliance” (The New Yorker). With an alert and critical mind, he places his art in the context of what’s going on in society, which he regards as inseparable from his playing.

When playing the piano, Igor Levit unites “acoustic charm, intellectual drive and technical brilliance” (The New Yorker). With an alert and critical mind, he places his art in the context of what’s going on in society, which he regards as inseparable from his playing.

The New York Times describes Igor Levit as one of the “one of the essential artists of his generation”, the Süddeutsche Zeitung as “serendipitous” for today’s concert scene. Igor Levit’s artistic versatility not only makes him one of the world’s leading pianists. He is also Artistic Director of Heidelberger Frühling’s “Chamber Music Academy” and “Chamber Music Festival: Standpunkte”. In early 2019, he was appointed Professor for Piano at his Alma Mater, the University of Music, Theatre and Media in Hannover.

Luisa Neubauer auf der Frankfurter Buchmesse

Luisa Neubauer

Luisa-Marie Neubauer (born 21 April 1996 in Hamburg) is a German climate protection activist. In Germany, she is one of the main organisers of the school climate strike “Fridays for Future” inspired by Greta Thunberg.

Luisa-Marie Neubauer (born 21 April 1996 in Hamburg) is a German climate protection activist. In Germany, she is one of the main organisers of the school climate strike “Fridays for Future” inspired by Greta Thunberg.

She is campaigning for a coal phase-out in Germany by 2030 and a climate policy in line with the Paris Convention. Neubauer is a member of Germany’s Green Party (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen) as well the Green Youth (Grüne Jugend). She is involved in various organisations which are active in areas like climate protection, generational equity, and the fight against global poverty.

Ai Weiwei auf der Frankfurter Buchmesse

Ai Weiwei

The Chinese sculptor, concept and installation artist, filmmaker, author and human rights activist is one of the most important representatives of contemporary Chinese art. His work attracts international attention also above all because of its' criticism of his country's regime politics.

The Chinese sculptor, concept and installation artist, filmmaker, author and human rights activist is one of the most important representatives of contemporary Chinese art. His work attracts international attention also above all because of its' criticism of his country's regime politics.

Ai Weiwei denounces, among other things, the violence perpetrated by the Chinese government against dissenters, the violation of human rights, exploitation and environmental pollution in his country. Because of his critical attitude towards the regime and his activities, the artist himself has often become a victim of government power. In 2011 he was awarded honorary membership of the Royal Academy of Arts, London. In 2015 he accepted a guest professorship at the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK).

Lady Bitch Ray

Reyhan Sahin

Reyhan Şahin aka Dr. Bitch Ray, born in Bremen, is a linguist, rapper, performance artist, actress, fashion designer and writer. She began rapping at the age of twelve and is widely known as Lady Bitch Ray. After completing her master's degree in linguistics and German studies, she wrote the first empirical study on the meaning of the Muslim headscarf, which was awarded the German Study Prize.

Reyhan Şahin aka Dr. Bitch Ray, born in Bremen, is a linguist, rapper, performance artist, actress, fashion designer and writer. She began rapping at the age of twelve and is widely known as Lady Bitch Ray. After completing her master's degree in linguistics and German studies, she wrote the first empirical study on the meaning of the Muslim headscarf, which was awarded the German Study Prize.

She is currently researching right-wing populism, Islam and gender in a graduate college and is working on her habilitation. She has published articles in "Zeit", "taz" and the "Süddeutsche Zeitung".

Hanns Zischler

Hanns Zischler

Hanns Zischler starred in over 200 international and national films for Wim Wenders, Steven Spielberg, Rudolf Thome, Claude Chabrol, Jean-Luc Godard, Istvan Szabo, Helmut Dietl, Margarethe von Trotta and Costa Gavras. In addition to his work as an actor, Hanns Zischler is also active as an author and editor.

Hanns Zischler starred in over 200 international and national films for Wim Wenders, Steven Spielberg, Rudolf Thome, Claude Chabrol, Jean-Luc Godard, Istvan Szabo, Helmut Dietl, Margarethe von Trotta and Costa Gavras. In addition to his work as an actor, Hanns Zischler is also active as an author and editor.

In 2009 he received the Heinrich Mann Prize of the Berlin Academy of the Arts, in 2011 he was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit and in 2016 the Cicero Speaker Prize. His second novel will be published in 2019 at Galliani.

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