1. For the fourth time, the Elevate Festival awards prizes to people, initiatives, and projects that engage positively, sustainably, and innovatively in our society. The award categories are: the Elevate Award Styria, the International Elevate Award, and the Elevate Artivism Award. The prize money is raised through the sale of the Elevate Sexy Vegan Chocolate by Zotter.

    The highlight of the awards show is the talk by the globally renowned feminist environmental activist and alternative Nobel laureate Vandana Shiva. She will talk about the importance of civil society engagement. We also look forward to artistic contributions by the Artivism Award finalists and a guest act by a pop star from Afghanistan. We can expect an encouraging Sunday night in which activists will walk the red carpet together with presenter Hermes.

    Vandana Shiva (IN)
    and many more guests..

    Moderation: Herr Hermes (Willkommen Österreich, FM4)


    Sunday, 25 Oct 2015
    Dom Im Berg, Graz

    Zum vierten Mal zeichnet das Elevate Festival Menschen, Initiativen und Projekte aus, die sich positiv, nachhaltig und innovativ für die Gesellschaft engagieren. Vergeben werden der Elevate Award Steiermark, der International Elevate Award und der Elevate Artivism Award. Das Preisgeld der Awards speist sich aus dem Verkauf der Elevate Sexy Vegan Schokolade von Zotter.

    Das Highlight der Awards Show ist der Redebeitrag der weltbekannten feministischen Umweltakivistin und alternativen Nobelpreisträgerin Vandana Shiva. Sie wird über die Bedeutung zivilgesellschaftlichen Engagements sprechen. Wir freuen uns darüber hinaus auf künstlerische Beiträge der Artivism-Award-Finalist*innen und einen Gast-Auftritt eines Popstars aus Afghanistan. Eine mutmachende Sonntagnacht, in der die Aktivist*innen gemeinsam mit Moderator Hermes auf den roten Teppich schreiten, erwartet uns.

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  2. How can the growing world population feed itself?

    Around 800 million people are starving and more than 20.000 die from hunger every single day. Industrial agriculture (primarily the production of animal based products) is the main cause of climate change.

    For the first time in Graz, alternative nobel prize laureate Vandana Shiva will speak about these challenges as well as about current agricultural politics and the promising initiatives and movements promoting positive change worldwide. The main focus of this event is to highlight their inspiring work.

    More and more people get involved in creating and implementing pathbreaking new ways of food production and distribution. Their initiatives range from community supported agriculture (CSA) and food co-ops, community gardens and fields, to huge food forests and edible cities. They all work in a very participatory fashion and focus on innovative methods of organic production. Agro-ecology and food sovereignty are at the center of this global movement that already involves hundreds of millions of people.

    In the course of this event exciting local as well as international projects will present their work. After the panel session we´ll split up into smaller groups so that the audience can get into close contact with the initiatives´ protagonists. Participants will get more in depth information and will find out how they can get involved in the fundamental transformation of our food and agriculture system.

    Vandana Shiva (IN)
    Ulli & Scott Klein (AT)
    Sophie Magon (FR) - via Videostream
    David Steinwender (AT)
    Tamara Mona Ussner (AT)
    Su Albrecht (AT)
    Jacqueline Cramer (US) - via Videostream
    Dorn Cox (US) - via Videostream

    Moderation: Josef Obermoser (CROSSROADS, FORUM STADTPARK, Elevate)


    Monday, 26 Oct 2015
    Forum Stadtpark, Graz

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  3. Climate change is the biggest challenge of our time. Its impacts kill increasing numbers of people, destabilize entire societies and force millions into migration. It destroys vitally important ecosystems and is one of the main causes of the ongoing sixth mass extinction in the history of life on earth.

    Discussion with:

    Vandana Shiva (IN)
    Tadzio Müller (DE)
    Alice Bows-Larkin (UK) - via Videostream
    Magdalena Heuwieser (AT)

    Moderation: Josef Obermoser (CROSSROADS, FORUM STADTPARK, Elevate)


    Rising carbon emissions are caused by the burning of fossil fuels, industrial agriculture (primarily the production of animal-based products) and rapidly advancing deforestation. Despite this fact, the measures introduced by governments and transnational institutions to confront these immensely destructive activities aren´t even close to what´s needed.

    Leading climate scientists predict that humanity willl face a very grim future if we continue with business-as-usual. Naomi Klein puts it in a nutshell with the title of her new book, „Capitalsm vs. The Climate“, and we must change our societies radically (Latin: „at the root“) if we want to provide our children and grandchildren with a liveable future. According to critical historians, the system change needed can only be brought about by a huge global social movement powerful enough to prevail against the corporate and political elites, who profit from the destruction of our planet.

    The climate movement is already growing stronger every day. In 2014 it successfully organised the People´s Climate March, which became the biggest climate-related protest in history. 400 000 people marched in New York, and simultaneous actions took place in hundreds of cities worldwide. 2015 is a decisive year for the movement: from November 30th to December 12th, the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP 21) will take place in Paris. Its goal is for world leaders to sign a global treaty to curb carbon emissions. Unfortunately, everybody familiar with the record of these conventions knows that the results of COP 21 will not even get close to what we need to prevent runaway climate change from happening within this century.

    With creative actions all around the globe and big marches in many cities*, the climate movement will use the media attention generated by the summit to promote real solutions for confronting the climate crisis. Our event will provide the audience with the latest effects of climate change, as well as details of upcoming actions and demonstrations. Our aim is to inspire the audience to join the growing climate justice movement and to help make a difference leading up to Paris and beyond.

    „To change everything, we need everyone!“ - People´s Climate March

    Monday, 26 Oct 2015
    Forum Stadtpark, Graz, Austria

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  4. Das Haus Bartleby forscht und streitet für ein neues Verständnis von Arbeit. Die Berliner Lobby-Gruppe nennt sich „Zentrum für Karriereverweigerung“ und bringt Arbeiter*innen, Schriftsteller*innen, Philosph*innen, Ökonom*innen und Journalist*innen zusammen, um diesen Weg gemeinsam zurückzulegen.

    In ihrem unterhaltsamen Vortrag für das Grazer Elevate Festival regen sie an, das antrainierte Verständnis von einer Hingabe an die Erwerbsbiographie und den „lückenlosen Lebenslauf“ abzustreifen, um den cartesischen Moment zu suchen, in dem es möglich wird, vermeintliche Alternativlosigkeiten individuell wie auch gesellschaftlich zu überwinden - im Sinne des längst überfälligen Paradigmenwechsels, der Demokratisierung von Ökonomie, Ökologie, Macht- und Eigentumsordnung.

    Das Haus Bartleby gibt seit Ende August die arbeitskritische Anthologie „Sag alles ab! - Plädoyers für den lebenslangen Generalstreik“ in der Edition Nautilus heraus. Zusammen mit dem Club of Rome und vielen großen und kleinen zivilgesellschaftlichen Partner*innen stellen sie derzeit das Kapitalismustribunal [ capitalismtribunal.org ] auf die Beine.

    Haus Bartleby (DE)


    Sonntag, 25 Okt 2015
    Dom Im Berg, Graz

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  5. The Free Space is a place where those engaged in creative response come together to exchange the best ideas that look to transform our world. The Free Space is also the title of Antonino D´Ambrosio´s brandnew documentary broadcast series that features inspiring creative responders from around the world.

    We will be screening an exclusive clip for the first time publicly from the premiere episode.

    Antonino D'Ambrosio (US)

    Moderation: Daniel Erlacher (Elevate)


    Saturday, 24 Oct 2015
    Forum Stadtpark, Graz

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