On 7th November , I attended the very first Vegan Futures festival. And if this day was anything to go by, it was the first of many. The venue, in too cool for school, East London was slick and comfortable. The organisers, Damien Clarkson and Jennifer Pardoe had thought of everything with a great line up, refreshments and awesome surroundings. Here’s my thoughts on the talks I took in:
Fit State of Mind – Claira Hermet
I was not familiar with Ms Hermet before but found her personal story to be touching and inspiring. Speaking about the tragic circumstances in which she came to the vegan lifestyle, Clara came across as brave and courageous.
Joel Gadzar from the Wild Food Cafe
Not what I expected. Joel had a real focus on spirituality and although some of his passionate speech was a little over my head, his message was clear. Have the right attitude and bring lightness to others as well as good vibes and positivity into the world.
Becoming a Fit vegan – veganfitness.com
Super fit couple, Darren and Gerogie shared their journey from addict to accomplished athlete. They also presented some great lifestyle tips and I will definitely be checking out their blog for more info.
Panel – Taking Veganism to the Mainstream
This panel was made up of Juliet Gellatley from Viva who had some passionate and interesting words as well as Jennifer Pardoe and the girls from Veganuary, Jane Land and Clea Grady. All of which had engaging insights.
Being a Vegan Endurance Athlete and Living a Life of Adventure
This talk came from the entertaining Laura Scott who told of her journey and upcoming adventure of riding the Trans Am Bike Race across America next year – not something I could see myself partaking in but inspiring non the less.
Screening of Seaspriracy and Q and A / The Environment and Animal Rights – The Friendly Activist
Wise beyond his years, Ali Tabrizi aka The Friendly Acitivst showed his super accomplished documentary and followed it up with an intelligent and fact filled speech. To see someone so young with such focus, passion and ambition for a cause to benefit others is truly humbling. I know big things will come from him in the future. Check out Seaspiracy here:
Broadcasting the Vegan Message – Kerry McCarpet
How have I not found out about this wonderful woman before now? Her talk was well thought out, articulate and funny. She spoke with such intelligence and ease about the impact of Youtube on the communication of the vegan message and how the vegan community has developed over the years. Please take a pause to go watch all of Kerry’s videos right now.
The Youtube Generation Panel
This was the last talk I listened to and featured a Q&A session with some of the best of the vegan Youtubers creating some really interesting content at the moment. I, of course, was most looking forward to hearing what the lovely Timothy Shieff had to say as he really has a way to get straight to the point with honest, heart felt responses. Next time, would love to see a whole speech from Mr Sheiff.
This post would not be complete without a huge shout out to Club Mexicana. The smoked black bean burrito was the best I have ever had.
Overall, a great event and I can’t wait to attend next year.
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