Artistic Director

Prof. Claus Friede was born in Essen/Germany studied Fine Arts and Romance in the USA and Germany. He was honored with various awards and scholarships.

He founded his own cultural company in 1990 "Claus Friede*Contemporary Art" (www.cfca.de). Friede is specialized in art in public space, international cultural exchange projects and contemporary media art, curating exhibitions worldwide.

From 2006 to 2008 he worked as a cultural journalist and author for German television. In 2008 he became editor-in-chief of the WebTV- and internet cultural magazine "KulturPort.De – Follow Arts" (www.kultur-port.de).

Claus Friede has worked as an international guest teacher in Turkey, the Netherlands, Norway, Hongkong, and Japan. Since 2012 he is professor at the Latvian Cultural Academy (Dept. Cultural and Media Management, Head of Digital Communication and Cultural Industries) in Riga/Latvia.

Since fall 2015 he works as artistic director at Gerisch Foundation.