Ayu Laksmi – INDONESIA. Known as the diva of Indonesia’s entertainment industry, she comes from Singaraja, NorthBali but as a singer, composer, dance and performer she is famous far beyond her ancestral island. Beginning her career as a rock singer, Ayu Laksmi traveled through almost every musical genre before settling on her own personal style in which she combines artistic expressions of different Indonesian cultures with contemporary elements. Combining traditional and modern elements has become her trademark and set a trend in Indonesia. Critics praise her music for meeting modern standards without – in keeping with the times – masking or undermining cultural singularities.
Chris Soal – SOUTH AFRICA
He is an emerging artist living and practicing in Johannesburg, South Africa. A Fine Arts graduate from the University of the Witwatersrand, Chris’s art explores ways of working with materials, and through thinking about space, light and form he has developed his own visual vocabulary.
Indra Wussow – SOUTH AFRICA/GERMANY. Curator, author and journalist. The series of books she published, called “Africa Wunderhorn”, can be viewed as pioneer work, focused on introducing contemporary African literature to the German readership. She translated many of the novels that were released at Wunderhorn herself. Through her foundation “SyltFoundation” and its South African counterpart in Johannesburg she enabled numerous authors to connect with international networks. Currently Indra Wussow is directing an international long-term project, titled “Trauma and Identity”, that brings together authors and artists that engage in examining and reappraising national traumas. It includes authors from Myanmar, Cambodia, Chile, South Africa and Germany. The project is funded by the German Literature Fund. Indra Wussow now is living in South Africa and Germany.
Helga Trüpel – BELGIUM/GERMANY
Helga Trüpel is a German politician. She was senator for culture and integration of foreigners of the Hanseatic City of Bremen from 1991 to 1995. She is a member of the European Parliament since 2004 and is a part of the Green/EFA parliamentary group as its cultural-political speaker.