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About Feed Your Mind

Feed Your Mind is a thought-provoking platform first seen during AWAKE Festival in 2017. It engages speakers & audiences in meaningful, vivid conversations.

Why should you come to Feed Your Mind @ AWAKE?

Feed Your Mind is one of the stages at AWAKE Festival where you can meet the organisers and get inspired by interesting speakers, artists, media figures. This year we prepared 4 days of content with local and international speakers who will tackle trending issues in a relaxed format, merging interactive speeches, informative workshops & inspirational panels. You can’t miss the special moments, such as the traditional Coffee with the Organisers, Open Mic sessions and Impro Shows!

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Meet The Speakers

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Oana Giurgiu
Pussy Riot
Michael Schack FYM Awake
Alina Vilcu FYM Awake
Andra Imbrea
Dj Shiver
Raluca Mihaila FYM Awake
Adrian Socol FYM Awake
Corina Gliga Awake Feed Your mind
The Funkers Awake
Andreea Chelsoi
Andrea Csiki Awake
Cabral FYM Awake

More speakers soon to be announced...

Special Moments

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Open Mic Sessions
Coffee With organizers
Specialty Coffee Workshop

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Feed Your Mind is a thought-provoking platform which merges interactive speeches, informative workshops & inspirational panels in a relaxing format.



Executive Director, TIFF

Journalism and Law graduate, Oana Giurgiu directed TV documentaries and produced music and extreme sports TV shows, before taking part in the production team of The death of Mr. Lazarescu by Cristi Puiu - Un certain regard Cannes 2005 and Delta by Kornél Mundruczó - Fipresci award Cannes 2008. Oana is Executive Director of Transilvania International Film Festival and executive producer of GOPO Awards Ceremony.


Russian Punk Band

Pussy Riot is Russian Moscow-based activist art collective known for its provocative and radiant live music performances and actions that they keep doing since 2011 despite all the dangers coming from the harsh Putin's regime. Pussy Riot performance on stage is a radical audio-visual live act touching topics like gender identity, personal freedom, climate change, transgression and how activism can help us to shape the better world.


E-drummer & #DJ Drummer, Solo Artist

You might already have seen drummer / producer Michael Schack performing on big festival stages, like you can enjoy his solo #DJDrummer show at AWAKE on August 15. He's an online drumming phenomenon with audiences in Europe, North & South America, Asia, South Africa and Australia. Apart from being the energetic E-drummer with Netsky (Live), his spectacular performance clips on both YouTube and Instagram are continuously turning heads. Michael plays all drum beats live on top of live triggered self produced inventive remixes.


Arhitect @Visuri la Cheie

Alina's dream to draw houses materialized after beginning her career in advertising. She is now leading a team of architects and designers at her studio. In addition, she founded with her friend Omid Ghannadi a design academy, making design more and more available to people. Also, starting 2014 she is part of the Extreme Makeover Home Edition (Visuri la Cheie) TV Show, changing the lives of less fortunate people.

Andra Imbrea

Journalist @Wall-Street.ro

Andra is a journalist covering the fashion industry, retail, media and advertising at Wall-Street.ro, a leading online business publication in Romania. She began her career at Wall-Street.ro in 2015, shortly after she graduated from the Faculty of Journalism at UNIBUC. She has a master degree at The Faculty of International Business and Economics - ASE Bucuresti, where she studied international economy and european affairs, concluded with a dissertation about creative industries, which she supports also in her articles.

DJ Shiver

DJ & Entrepreneur

He lives for, with & through music & for the past 16 years, he has been adding value to the events sector. Known for The SHIVER Show & his uplifting dj sets, DJ SHIVER knows not only to mix & match, but also to talk about his passion & his career path & his TEDx Talk is proof of his innovative spirit as he taught everyone that to become a party engineer is no easy job.

Raluca Mihăilă

Managing Owner Utopic Brain

She believes that searching alone is not a guarantee for finding, but for sure a close eye refuses discovery. She is the founder of Utopic Brain & she is constantly connecting the world’s dots from a multidisciplinary point of view: marketing strategy, photography, creative writing, psychology, social and cultural research, education and business planning. The result is a surprising understanding of the vivid and complex network of patterns which unconsciously drive us through life. Be there to discuss about Mindful.less - The fixed mindset that dismisses inner potential.

Adrian Socol

Psychologist @Estuar Foundation

Adrian Socol is a graduate of the Faculty of Psychology and now he is pursuing a doctoral program. Since 2008 he is a psychologist at the Estuary Foundation and he has been involved in counseling people with mental health problems.

Corina Gliga

Founder @J’ai Bistrot

Corina started her entrepreneurial journey 8 years ago in Targu Mures, when she founded together with her friends the original J’ai Bistrot in the house of her grandfather. After becoming a successful business, they decided to give it a try in Bucharest, where they opened a terrace with sand. J’ai Bistrot rapidly became popular amongst youngsters because it hosts a variety of events and friends are invited to cook or play music from time to time, and everybody feels like home there.

The Funkers

A group of young & energetic actors

They are young & full of energy, exposing their talent & passion for acting through impro shows and plays. The Funkers is a group composed of students of the University of Arts & the High School of Arts, from Targu Mures, first united at AWAKE.

Andreea Chelsoi

World Traveler

From discovering the Rolling Stones during a 20s video on TV and making a lifetime goal to see the band live in concert, Andreea has followed her dreams and went on a world tour with the Rolling Stones and their fans across the globe. She’s seen the band live 36 times and experienced the magic of traveling to see her favourite band exploring the world in the process.

Andrei Ruse

Writer, Publisher & Cultural Entrepreneur at Editura Hyperliteratura

Andrei has dedicated his life to literature. He has published three novels: „Soni”,„Dilăr pentru o zi” and „Zaraza”. His latest book, „Despre tristețea femeilor frumoase”, a collection of short stories written between 2014 and 2019, was published this year after an amazing pre-order campaign run on social media. After working for a few years as a journalist, PR and developing the Hyperliteratura platform, he passionately invested his time to create a new publishing house. Since the beginning Hyperliteratura Publishing House has been one of the most innovative and dynamic publishers in Romania, growing steadily while taking advantage of a full range of online marketing tools and strategies. His next dream to be accomplished is to establish a pub-library of the same brand – Hyperliteratura.

Alex Dima


For more than 10 years, investigative journalist Alex Dima has been trying, along with his colleagues from "România, te iubesc!", to change mentalities and behaviours through what he does. Sometimes they are asked what has “România, te iubesc!”changed in all these years. The results can be accounted for. They saved forests, changed laws, stopped disasters that were about to start, built, saved lives. But beyond accounting for the results, they hope that they change mindsets, that they offer hope despite the harsh truths they tell. For ten years they have been urging people to think freely and be part of the change they want around them.

Ivona Velicu

Face & Body Painter, Founder of Ivona's Magic Colors

For a long time, Ivona practiced by herself, but she felt that she must move on to another level. Unfortunately, in Romania, there's no professional information in this field. Three years ago, at a workshop in Milan, she met her mentor, Olga Murasev, the founder of International Facepainting School, the only face-painting school in the world. Ivona can proudly say that she's the only person in Romania that has graduated from this courses and not in any way, but as Honour Student. In time, she participated in international workshops with worldwide renowned face and body painters and interacted with people that were passionate about the same thing. Her wish is to bring the art of face-painting in Romania at a superior level.

Radu Melu

National Manager of the Forest Department @WWF

Above all, Radu Melu loves the woods and as a forestry engineer he has dedicated the gathered experienced to preservation and administration of the forest. He is an explorer, keen guardian of the forest with a favourite outdoor office. As National Manager for the Forest Department at WWF he coordinates the entire activity of mapping and conservation of the old-growth forests until they are included into the National catalogue. He stands also for the financial funds dedicated towards the Romanian forests preservation. The WWF activities within the protected woods areas is indeed his role too. If you gain his trust, he will show you the hidden treasures of the green realm.

Dorin Costea

Co-founder @Hot Pipes Roastery

Dorin started his first coffee project 4-5 years ago. He set up a coffee shop which shortly grew into a chain of coffee shops. His passion for coffee was bigger than this and it led to him and two of his colleagues to open a specialty coffee shop, Hot Pipes Roastery. This way they can have a control of the coffee, from choosing the origins, roasting, packaging, to distribution. Their plan is to test, try and explore as much as they can new coffee flavours and offer the best coffee to their clients. Dorin is also passionate about motorsport and participates in rally racing.

Andrea Csiki

Clinical Psychologist

Andrea is a clinical psychologist, a school counselor and a teacher. She’s the brainchild of the HEART CARE movement, which organizes a series of events on psychological topics within national and international festivals. Andrea published two books of poems in topics of education for children and teenagers.


TV Host

Cabral Ibacka, known as Cabral, is a television presenter, actor, coach of Tae Bo and a former Romanian kickboxer. He is the European Vice Champion at kickboxing. Cabral started his television career in 1998 as a host for various shows .In 2000, he moved to Acasă TV, a TV station owned by MediaPro, which opened the door for acting in the movies and series produced by the consortium's production company, MediaPro Pictures. At the same time, Cabral has been activating in charity as well. Working in the last 8 years for several social campaigns with the Ovidiu Rom Association, HHC Romania, Hospice Casa Speranței, but also with his own friendly society, "Zâmbet și Suflet".

Alex Dominșoru

Founder @Fotograful tau & Brand Manager @TEDxBucharest

Alex is an experienced visual producer with a demonstrated history of working in the creative industry. Skilled in Photography, Videography, Advertising, Web Design and Event management, he founded the full-service photography agency FotografulTAU in 2009. When he is not capturing important moments in people's lives, doing product shooting, fashion & beauty projects, branding for TEDxBucharest, or coordonating teams of photographers at events such as Premiile Gopo, Alex loves to tell visual stories on his blog, domnisoru.fotografultau.ro.

Victor Georgescu

Facilitator and Event Host

Victor is an event professional, facilitator and host, with a natural ability to entertain and engage audiences through storytelling. He helps participants experience more of each event by challenging their assumptions and triggering meaningful conversations. At the same time, he brings energy and ups the tempo of the event, enhancing the concept through his unique style of interaction. Having worked in multiple markets and with a wide variety of corporate clients, Victor has collected many different perspectives on success and is able to convey key messages to audiences, using personal examples.

Oana Gheorghiu

Founder @Dăruiește Viață NGO

Oana is determined to promote citizens’ personal needs, as opposed to public bureaucracy, by getting actively involved in social projects and initiatives. She founded the Give Life Association (Dăruiește Viață NGO), together with Carmen Uscatu and Bianca Voinescu, in 2012. The association has 5 active employees, more than 100 active volunteers and over 10 million euros invested in equipping Romanian oncology departments. They undergo lobby and advocacy projects and, with the help of their case manager volunteers, they offer counseling and support to the patients who ask for help in obtaining the rights that the Romanian State is supposed to ensure them and getting the best possible treatment, access to medication, a second medical opinion, etc.

Octav Russu

Orthopedic Surgeon

Octav is interested in the open and arthroscopic surgery of the knee, member of several national and international medical societies, and Projects Coordinator at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Târgu Mureş. He instills his own passions into his students, being voted as their favorite. The answer to a question opens at least a few new questions. He considers that the ascending path must be part of anyone's DNA - reaching a plateau implies a horizontal path, followed by a descending one, which is not at all constructive.

Florin Ormenișan

Digital Expert, Personal Banker @BCR

Florin is a Personal Banker in BCR with an experience of over 9 years in banking, a digital expert, member of the League of Digital Experts in the organization. He is assionate about travelling, festivals and innovation, also a strong believer in the power of positive thinking.

Indrei Rațiu

Director @Casa Ratiu

Indrei Raţiu is educator, former journalist and broadcaster (BBC, Rediffusion, London Evening Standard), involved in launching INSEAD’s now world-class Executive Development programs. A former consultant in management development to IBM, Schlumberger, BP, ICI, and the World Bank, Indrei cofounded ICM – InterCultural Management Associates, Paris; Pro Patrimonio (the Romanian Heritage Foundation.), Transilvania Fest Association and the Raţiu Center for Democracy, Romania.

Open Mic Sessions

You become a speaker and express your ideas on stage, at one of the themed sessions: “Entrepreneurial Ideas”, “Fail Better” or “Imagine the Festival of the Future”. Registrations will be open at the Feed Your Mind stage during the festival.

Coffee with the Organizers

You will have the chance to meet the AWAKE festival’s team of organizers and ask them anything.

Specialty Coffee Workshop

You will hear all about coffee aromas and flavours, the brewing process and how to recognize different types of specialty coffee.

Panel: Silvia Șerban & Cristina Bălan

For more than two decades, Silvia Serban brand stood out by proposing outfits that have redefined style, generating a singularity, both contemporary and timeless. Founder of Famous Ideas to Be platform by Idelier, she promoted designers and artists with ideas worth to be seen. She believes that the only trend one must follow is to choose clothes that can contribute to the well-being of the wearer. This concept, the modular and zero waste collections, experimenting with recycled fabrics and new marketing strategies are making her one of the best you can hear talking about sustainability not only in fashion but as a lifestyle.Nume/Titulatura: Cristina Bălan, Managing Partner CSR BootIQDescriere: Cristina holds an engineer degree from the Faculty of Land Reclamation and Environmental Engineering, and a MA degree in Marketing as well as a post-graduate diploma in Journalism . Prior to becoming a CSR and sustainability consultant , Cristina has worked for the UN Department of Information. She is a licensed trainer, a GRI Nominated Trainer and was the first Romanian specialist to have passed the G4 Exam. Cristina is an Certified Provisional Auditor and a Certified Sustainability Assurance Practitioner. As of January 1st, 2019, Cristina has a 3-year term as a member of one of the GRI’s governance bodies, the Due Process Oversight Committee (DPOC).

Youth Leadership

Livia Florea, LEADERS Experience Participant

Electrical engineer, passionate about fashtech, sustainability and travel, Livia is very positively making her way in the world of management and leadership. Since she was only 14 years old, she has been fundraising and organizing events in the non-profit sector, among the projects she was involved in, is the EFdeN Signature project, the solar house that represented Romania at the largest competition of solar houses and integrated technologies in the world, in Dubai. She loves people, coffee and volunteering, this being the successful trio that motivates her to work on creating the future, because she believes that the future does not happen, the future is created.

Adina Sandu, Coordonatinator @Recul School

Adina is a trainer and content creator for LEADERS programs. She specialized, in the 9 years of LEADERS, in sponsorship management, strategic partnerships and in events organization. Adina thinks in pictures, is passionate about improvisation, piano, and you will discover these passions in all her trainings. Among the projects she is involved in are the opening of the Recul theater, an independent theater whose purpose is to organize the ordinary in relevant forms, with the help of the performing arts.

Ariana Ardelean, Junior Ambassador @European Union Council

Career-wise, Ariana has spent the majority of the past years working on herself. She completed the Leaders Explore programme back in 2018, then started working on the vocation she found 9 years ago while in the 3rd grade. Ariana dreams of helping the world reach a better, more evolved stage and she was given this opportunity: first, by promoting the youth of her city during her own TV show back in her home country and second, by representing the children of Europe when fighting for their right to participate in the decision and policy making at all levels, during her mandate as Junior Ambassador to the EU, a novel initiative of UNICEF Romania together with the Romanian Government which lasted throughout the Presidency of the European Council.

Robert Țopârlea, Project Manager - LEADERS Experience, Trainer & Digital Marketing Freelancer

Full-time creative mind, good friend with deadlines and project management, history and irony fan, economist and marketing man. He started doing communication and marketing in the non-profit sector at the age of 17 and remained as passionate about this field, which he has the opportunity to combine with project management and leadership both in the office and during spare time. Robert coordinates the implementation of the LEADERS Experience program, one of the most prestigious leadership programs in Romania and, at the same time, the first "accelerator of experiences" type initiative in our country. Involved in multiple organizations, Robert helps the causes he believes in through marketing and communication while being a trainer and freelancer in digital marketing.

Panel 3: Art, Arhitecture & ARTDOOR

Angela Kovacs, President of the Romanian Order of Arhitects, Mures Subsidiary

Mrs. Angela Kovacs is also board member of the Technical Commission of Urbanism for Mureș county and a renowned architect. Supporter extraordinaire of cultural and artistic expression and developer of various projects which make art and culture accessible to communities.

Attila Kim, Romania’s Commissioner for Biennale Di Venezia International Art Exhibition

Attila's projects include: exhibitions for the Venice Biennale, the National Museum of Contemporary Art (MNAC) and Romanian Design Week/Diploma. Awarded by Aspen Institute of Romania with the Arts and Society Leadership Award for his contribution to the Cultural Patrimony.

Oana Simionescu, Arhitect

Oana Simionescu is a licensed architect, alumni of The Architecture and Urban Planning Faculty in Timisoara (FAUT), member of the territorial council at the Timis branch of The Romanian Order of Architects and treasurer at The Romanian Order of Architects, associated teacher and phd student at FAUT, local coordinator for the “De-a arhitectura” program in Timisoara in 2013-2015, coordinator of the 2014 and 2015 editions of Timisoara’s architecture annual and of the 2016 and 2018 editions of Timisoara’s architecture biennial - BETA. At the beginning of 2010 she founded, together with Alex Cozma, the creation platform F O R.