Saturday April 8


15.15_Plenary Session

Salvatore Di Dio


Leoluca Orlando

Municipality of Palermo

Andrea Cusumano

Councillor for Culture
Municipality of Palermo

16.00_Urban Lab  

The speakers present innovative projects and ideas applicable in Palermo. The speeches last 10 minutes.

Richard Catherall

Katarsis ventures


Richard is a master of mentoring social entrepreneurs and advising them how to grow and develop their ventures in hard places. He founded Katarsis Ventures in 2011 to become the change maker’s change maker. Increasingly the company demonstrates to others that it is possible to nurture innovation, enable enterprise and pipeline investment in hard places. Richard works in partnership with PUSH as an advisory board member.


Peter Paul Kainrath



He studied piano at the Claudio Monteverdi Conservatory in Bolzano, in Vienna and later on at Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Conservatory. For several years he conducted an intense concert activity and recording of contemporary music and a repertoire of rarities. He stopped his pianistic activity in 2001 and is now dedicated completely to the artistic direction field and TV production. Peter Paul was the artistic director of the contemporary music festival KLANGSPUREN (2001 – 2012) and he is founder and artistic director of TRANSART FESTIVAL, artistic director of the Foundation International Piano Competition Ferruccio Busoni and Deputy director of the International Foundation MANIFESTA. As the president of the small TV production company Mediaart production coop he is responsible for several art and music documentaries.


Manifesta aims to constantly reinvent its own exhibition model by its nomadic format. Manifesta 11 in Zurich was spread out over joint-ventures with participatory artistic projects, while Manifesta 12 will focus on Europe’s Southern urban centres and issues related to migration and climate change. Peter Paul started as Head of Production in 2008 for Manifesta 7 and has been Deputy Director in Manifesta since 2014. His keynote speech for the Urban Thinkers Campus will focus on the role that intercultural management plays in starting up a Biennial in a new host city. He will trace the process of start-up and development and look at the possible impact on the urban environment for both the biennials Manifesta 11 and Manifesta 12.

Ana Moreno

New York City


Ana B. Moreno is a graduate in Social and Cultural Anthropology and Journalism, both degrees obtained from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. With more than twenty years’ experience, she worked at the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) in 2001 and 2002 and rejoined the United Nations as Advocacy, Outreach and Communications Branch Coordinator in UN-Habitat in 2011. She coordinated the last two sessions of the World Urban Forum in Naples (2012) and in Medellin (2014). Ana has broad experience in public sector, having worked at the Barcelona City Council, the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism and the Ministry of Economy and Finance of the Government of Spain between 2004 and 2010. She was the Director of the Media Center at the 2003 FINA World Swimming Championships and Director of the Media Center at the Universal Forum of Cultures 2004. She also has a Postgraduate Diploma in Olympic Studies from the International Olympic Academy and has collaborated with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in several research projects and publications.


Daniela Cattaneo



Daniela was born in Milan and grew up between Milan, Paris and New York, studying international business and public health. When she came back to Europe she began her career in the advertising business, following major international campaigns as producer (Ford, Coca Cola, Barilla, Enel) and, at the age of 29, she became partner of one of the most important Italian production houses. In 2001 she decided to start her own business and founded hfilms, a production house specialized in advertising, documentaries and integrated communication projects. She is also founder of H+, the first agency that focus uniquely on cultural and cooperation strategies between public and private sector.


BASE Milano is a new 12.000 sq m space in Milan dedicated to innovation and cultural contamination that hosts a co-working area, workshops, exhibits, shows and lectures. BASE is also a creative community hub whose objective is to nurture the relationship between culture and business, future and everyday life, between democracy, well-being and knowledge economy, between social innovation and development. This project demonstrated how a cultural redefinition can become a catalyst for individual and collective socio-economic progress and can foster a society capable of offering contemporary answers to old and new questions. The project will focus on how the city’s heritage can be transformed into an opportunity through the combination of three main factors: the growth of new formats of cultural production and consumption; a virtuous relationship between the public and the private sector; a winning intersection of top-down and bottom-up processes.

Rainer Kern

Municipality of Mannheim




Ignazio Vinci

University of Palermo


Ignazio is an associate Professor of Urban Planning at the University of Palermo. As researcher and consultant he deals with urban policy, local development, strategic planning. On this topic he has published around 110 works, including books, book chapters and journal articles. He’s also member of the governing board of the European Urban Research Association.


Over the last decade, many national and international stakeholders have claimed the need for a new urban agenda. This list includes governmental supranational authorities, such as the UN and the EU, non-governmental actors, cultural foundations, international think tanks, but also global corporations with specific interests in the urban economies. All these efforts have in common the recognition of cities as the epicentre of global development and the vision of the current century as a new urban age. With this process in the background, the intervention wishes to question whether these different agendas are able to meet the irreducible diversity of cities, to which kind of city we need to refer in understanding urban change and which might the role of public policy in meeting the emerging needs of citizens.

18.00_Urban Thinkers Session

After the speeches, there will be a moment for speakers and participants to discuss the ideas that emerged during the Urban Lab.
The debate is moderated by PUSH and Francesca Gattello [Marginal].

19.00_Closing cocktail

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