Light festival directors come together to talk about how they have established, grown and managed their festivals, and the impact the festivals have had on the cities, and present strategic ways for maintaining creative excellence and relevance as the festivals grow.
Yasmina Alhaddadi - Marrakesh Light Festival
Yasmina Alhaddadi is art director and founder of several online marketplaces capitalizing local and global events. Furthermore she is a board member of Soho House & Co, a global private members’ club for people in creative industries. As founder of the Marrakesh Light Festival she brings together a broad cross-section of international light installations and cultural events that celebrate diversity and dynamism.
Jörg Molt - CEO Satoshi School & Founder and expert on BitCoin / crypto currencies
Jörg Molt is a technologist and serial entrepreneur who has become a top ranked trainer and speaker on crypto currency within Europe. He is the author of the book: “Die Generation Bitcoin”. As an engaging public speaker, teacher and writer, Jörg makes complex subjects accessible and easy to understand. As an advisor, he helps governments and companies recognize, evaluate, and navigate security and business risks. Jörg has founded several bitcoin businesses and launched the Satoshi school where he is spreading blockchain knowledge and its philosophy globally.
Satoshi School is a partner of the Marrakesh Light Festival 2018 sponsoring a light art object visualizing freedom by leading edge blockchain technology.
Ilkka Paloniemi - Lux Helsinki
Ilkka Paloniemi has been involved and worked with light since the 1980s. His work can be seen in a variety of mediums, including theatres, operas, music, contemporary dance, architecture, fine arts...
He has worked in all levels of lighting projects from lighting design to a crew member and curator to producer. He is currently Artistic Director of Lux Helsinki and a leading consultant in performance art technologies in Granlund AV. He has a masters degree in performing arts in lighting design and pedagogical studies. He has been given lectures in universities and curating seminars and symposiums related to light art.
Craig Harvey - Factory Light Festival
Craig is passionate about technology and its ability to create accessible experiences in the public space which inspire, promote curiosity and drive change. With a background from large and complex industrial projects and the founder of multiple startup companies, Craig adapts the methodologies learnt from here and transfers them to develop a dynamic foundation and organisation which runs the Factory Light Festival held yearly, in Slemmestad (nearby Oslo) each year since 2012. Craig is educated as an Engineer within Mechanics, Electronics and Computer Science from Australia and Denmark.