• A Festival of Ideas
  • January to May 2022
  • Guelph

Presenters

Alex Pentek has created over 30 large scale public realm works around the world, as well as temporary gallery installations using folded paper. Exploring ideas of interconnectedness and critical public agency, he is currently studying for an MFA at the…

Alexandra Gelis is a Colombian-Venezuelan media artist based in Toronto with a background in visual arts. She is a PhD candidate in Environmental Studies at York University, and holds an MFA degree from the same university. Her work predominantly involves…

Chief Ninawá Huni Kui is a hereditary leader of the Huni Kui people, a Wall International Indigenous Scholar, and the elected President of the Huni Kui federation of the State of Acre, in the Amazon region. He represents 118 communities…

Digging Roots breathe life into songs from their land, Turtle Island, to raise their voices in solidarity with a global chorus of Indigenous artists, activists, and change-makers. For over a decade, JUNO Award winners Digging Roots have traveled the world…

Jo SiMalaya Alcampo (pronouns: they/them) is an interdisciplinary artist born in Manila the capital of the Philippines and raised in Malvern in the heart of Scarborough.  They currently live in Toronto on the traditional territories of the Wyandot, the Petun,…

Laakkuluk, a Greenlandic Inuk, uses uaajeerneq (Greenlandic mask dancing), poetry, theatre and performance art to tackle topics ranging from colonization, sexuality, intergenerational strength, fear, boundaries, and love. Laakkuluk is currently long-listed for the 2021 Sobey Art Prize. Previously she was…

Lisa Hirmer is an interdisciplinary artist who works across visual media, social practice, performance and occasionally writing. She is primarily concerned with collective relationships: that which exists between things, rather than simply within them—particularly in relation to collective beliefs and…

Matthew Stadler is a novelist (Landscape: Memory, Allan Stein, Chloe Jarren’s La Cucaracha, and others) and essayist. He was the literary editor of Nest magazine and a co-founder of Publication Studio, where he now edits the Fellow Travelers Series. He…

Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, columnist, and international bestselling author of eight books including No Logo, The Shock Doctrine, This Changes Everything, No Is Not Enough and On Fire, which have been translated into over 35 languages. Her most recent book is How to Change Everything:…

Peter Schuler is an Elder of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation of the Anishnaabek Peoples.

Randell Adjei is an entrepreneur, speaker, and spoken word practitioner who uses his gifts to empower the message of Alchemy. He was recently appointed Ontario’s first Poet Laureate. Randell is the founder of one of Toronto’s largest youth led initiatives:…

Simon(e) van Saarloos is a writer and philosopher from Amsterdam, The Netherlands. They published several books in Dutch including Ik deug / deug niet, De vrouw die, and Enz. Het Wildersproces. In her 2015 book Het monogame drama (English edition…

Taqralik Partridge is a textile artist, writer, and spoken word poet originally from Kuujjuaq, Nunavik. She is currently based in Guovdageaidnu, Sápmi, Norway.

Vanessa de Oliveira Andreotti holds a Canada Research Chair in Race, Inequalities and Global Change at the Department of Educational Studies, University of British Columbia. She is also currently the Interim Director at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies.…