Parliament of Pop
Codruta Vulcu ARTmania festival, Benjamin Feyen European Parliament, Isla Angus ClientEarth, Alexis Georgoulis Member of Parliament GUE/NGL
Codruta Vulcu ARTmania festivalCodruta is the founder and festival director of ARTmania, one of Romania's most established events with its 15th edition scheduled for 2022 (after two years of hiatus due to Covid 19 restrictions), promoting mainly rock and metal acts. She is also director and founder of Blaj aLive Festival, launched in 2013, which focuses on alternative and electronic music. These two boutique festivals are hosted in Transylvania, the central, historical region of Romania.
In 2017, Codruta and her team launched the East European Music Conference & Showcase Festival with the aim of starting a healthy debate between the Romanian music private sector, international experts and the state authorities, in the context of a market that has witnessed extremely rapid growth in recent years. In 2019, Codruta was contracted by the Romanian Greek Catholic Church to plan and organize the Sunday Mass held by Pope Francis during his historic visit To Romania, on June 02, on the Liberty Field.
Raised in the spirit of art and with passion of music, Codruta holds a Master Degree in Art Photography and Art History, from the National University of Arts in Bucharest. In 2017 she started her doctoral research which will see her examine “Festival culture and public policies at national & European level”. She is also the President of AROC – Romanian Association of Promoters of Concerts and Cultural Events.
Benjamin Feyen European ParliamentBenjamin Feyen is an EU cultural policy expert based in Brussels. He manages the Cultural Creators Friendship Group (CCFG), a cross-partisan coalition in the European Parliament, consisting of currently 25 individual Members of the European Parliament (MEP) from 6 different political groups and 14 different countries. The CCFG aims at improving the European cultural ecosystem with a focus on the Cultural and Creative Sectors (CCS) and especially on the situation and conditions of creators of cultural works, i.e. authors, performers and artists. Benjamin Feyen has two decades of experience in politics and is a passionate songwriter and music producer. For the last seven years, he has been working in EU affairs in Brussels, including for three MEPs. Until 2021, he was Head of Office and Cultural Policy Advisor to German MEP Niklas Nienass of the Greens. In this position, Benjamin was involved in the negotiations of the EU's new Creative Europe programme 2021-2027 and a number of political resolutions relevant to the music sector. For many years, he has been speaker at music conferences across Europe.
Isla Angus ClientEarthIsla has worked in music for close to 20 years, first as a promoter in Scotland then in the last decade as a booking agent. Most recently that was working at ATC Live (home to Mac De Marco, Sleaford Mods, Fontaines DC, Nick Cave, Big Thief and many more). In February 2020 she took a job with ClientEarth, the environmental legal charity which undertakes groundbreaking work with the aim of bringing about systemic change to halt climate change and protect the planet.
Alexis Georgoulis Member of Parliament GUE/NGL
Manfred Tari Pop100Manfred Tari has been working as a professional in the music industry since 1987, having organised his first festival in Dortmund, in 1984. From 1989 until 1998 he was responsible for the programming of German music convention Popkomm. Since 1999, Manfred has been working as a music business journalist mainly for trade publications such as Musikwoche, IQ Magazine, Music & Copyright and Vip News. Between 2004 and 2008, he formed part of the conference agenda team at Popkomm; and since 2009 he has been part of the agenda team at Hamburg-based Reeperbahn Festival Conference.