47th IVU World Vegfest

 23-25 August 2019, Berlin, Germany

Willkommen! Welcome! Bienvenido! Bienvenue! Bem-vindo!

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We are pleased to invite you to the 47th IVU World Vegfest! This year the Vegfest will take place between the 23rd and 27th of August 2019 in Berlin, the vegan capital of Europe, in association with the Vegan Summerfest.

After 87 years (yes, we have history!) we are getting back to Berlin, where IVU had its 8th World Vegetarian Congress in 1936! (now Vegfest). Actually IVU was founded in Germany, in 1908, in Dresden, where we celebrated our centenary in 2008! As far as we know before IVU there were only a few International Vegetarian gatherings: the first one in Cologne, in 1889, the same year when it was launched the Vegetarian Federal Union (the forerunner to IVU). In 1960 IVU went again to Germany, Hannover and Hamburg and in 1982 (Neu-Ulm). So it is more than time to go back to Germany. 

The Vegan Summerfest is the world’s largest vegetarian event and truly transforms the famous Alexanderplatz into a vegan oasis. There will be thought-provoking speakers from all over the world, inspirational cooking shows, live music and stage performances, and engaging workshops. Further highlights include a fashion show featuring sustainable vegan fashion trends, a raffle with attractive veggie prizes, an entertaining children’s program and more. Hundreds of food stands will offer a wide selection of the newest inventions in delicious vegan foods.

As a new addition this year, an IVU World Vegfest Networking Tent will be provided at the Vegan Summerfest to connect visitors and members of veg* organizations to listen to inspiring talks and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere. You are very welcome to attend each day of the Summerfest starting Friday 12 pm and ending Sunday evening. More information about the programme will follow soon.

Just before the start of the Summerfest, you’ll have the opportunity to attend a two-day training by the Center for Effective Vegan Advocacy (CEVA). Run by Dr. Melanie Joy, Harvard-educated psychologist and celebrated speaker, and Tobias Leenaert, longtime speaker and strategist, you will get useful tools and tips on how to improve the efficiency of your advocacy actions. Here you can learn more about the training and how to book your spot.

To end the IVU World Vegfest on a high note, an optional cultural tour will be organised by our team on 26-27 August.Day trips can be booked and paid for in advance to ensure you won’t miss out on the exciting cultural and culinary highlights in Berlin. Join us as we cruise along the Spree in a boat, as we stroll over a market, discover lots of great vegan food and much more. Check out the full programme and book your spot here.

Airport transfer

From Tegel International airport to the Alexanderplatz we recommend travellers to take the TXL bus, The buses departures right outside Terminals A and B, usually 6 minutes apart from each other. If you gonna stay in Berlin for at least 7 days, we recommend you to buy the 7 day tickets that costs € 30,00, it will give you access to all public transportation inside the AB zone of Berlin, more about the public transportation fees in Berlin click here.

Tickets Machines:

Tickets can be purchased at multilingual ticket machines on the platforms of S-and U-Bahn stations. In buses, fares are paid to the bus driver, in trams at machines inside the trains. In larger stations the S-Bahn and BVG provide ticket counters.

Validation of Tickets:

Before the journey starts tickets must be validated by stamping them at the yellow or red boxes on the platforms, in buses or trams. In case of inspection, a ticket that is not stamped is invalid.

Fare Evasion in Berlin

Anyone caught in public transportion without a valid ticket must pay a higher fare of 60 Euros. Even people who forgot to stamp their ticket must pay the fine. Note: Ticket inspectors are dressed in plain clothes and will not make any exceptions for tourists. Those who get caught have to show an ID, otherwise the police will be called.

How to get there 

TXL JetExpressBus

S+U Alexanderplatz – S+U Hauptbahnhof – S Beusselstraße – Flughafen Tegel

|>> Download Route Network Berlin [pdf, 212 KB]

Getting back to the Tegel Airport

It is a bit more difficult to get back to Tegel Airport from Alexanderplatz than the other way around. BUT public transport in Berlin is really easy. You´ll find everything in english and there are a lot of signs everywhere. What you do when you are starting at Alexanderplatz is taking the S3 or S5 or S7 to Berlin Central Station (Hauptbahnhof in german). When you arrive there you follow the BUS signs (ground floor) and walk outside to the bus stations. There you take the TXL and drive straight to the airport.

We look forward to welcoming you soon on your next adventurous vegan trip!

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47º Vegfest Mundial da IVU

 23-25 Agosto 2019, Berlim, Alemanha


Willkommen! Welcome! Bienvenido! Bienvenue! Bem-vindo!

Temos o prazer de convidá-lo para o 47º IVU World Vegfest! Este ano, o Vegfest será realizado entre os dias 23 e 27 de agosto de 2019, em Berlim, a capital vegana da Europa, em parceria com o Vegan Summerfest. 

O Vegan Summerfest é o maior evento vegetariano/vegano do mundo e transforma realmente a famosa Alexanderplatz em um oásis vegano. Haverá palestrantes com pensamentos provocativos de todo o mundo, apresentações culinárias inspiradoras, música ao vivo e performances, além de oficinas engajadas. Outros destaques incluem um desfile de moda com tendências de moda vegana sustentável, sorteio com prêmios de produtos veganos, um programa infantil divertido e muito mais. Centenas de estandes de alimentos oferecerão uma grande seleção das mais novas invenções de deliciosos alimentos veganos.

A novidade desse ano é uma Tenda do IVU World Vegfest (Vegfest anual da IVU – União Vegetariana Internacional), montada no Vegan Summerfest, visando conectar visitantes e membros de organizações vegetarianas do mundo todo para ouvir apresentações inspiradoras e aproveitar a atmosfera relaxante.

Você é muito bem-vindo a participar de cada dia do Summerfest a partir de sexta-feira às 12 horas e terminando no domingo à noite.

Em breve, mais informações sobre a programação.

Para finalizar o IVU World Vegfest em grande estilo, um tour cultural opcional será organizado por nossa equipe em 26 e 27 de agosto. Passeios de um dia podem ser reservados e pagos com antecedência para garantir que você não perca os fantásticos destaques culturais e veganos de Berlim.

Para mais informações sobre o Vegan Summerfest, visite:


Por favor, volte em maio para mais detalhes sobre a programação.
Estamos ansiosos para recebê-lo em breve em sua próxima viagem vegana!

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Program Details and Speakers - The 46th IVU World Vegfest in Kenya

The event details are as follows:

23rd Nov. 2018.

IVU Meeting of Leaders of Veg Organizations – Nairobi

23rd November – Oshwal Center – 3:00 – 5:00 pm

Leaders / representatives of Vegetarian Organizations are invited to attend this meeting to share experiences and get to know each other to discuss effective ways to achieve better results for the advancement of the moviment.

Organizations attending so far: IVU (International Vegetarian Union); SVB (Sociedade Vegetariana Brasileira – Brazil; ProVeg – Germany; Kenya Veg Club; Young India Vegetarians - UK; Brahma Kumari Africa; Bhakti Marg Kenya; Vegan Outreach – USA; Nigeria Veg Soc – Lagos, Nigeria; Vegan Nation; KNCCI; TNR Trust; Iskon; Art of living; The Kenyan Vegan.


IVU and its objects (Marly Winckler – IVU chair)

IVU vision on effective strategies for progress(Cynthia Schuck – IVU Councillor)

ProVeg vision (Jessika Ava – Germany)


5.00 pm: Press conference by Nitin Bhai Mehta

7.00 pm: opening ceremony with Kenyan anthem, Diya Lighting

7.05 pm: Local dance

7.13 pm: introductory speech by MC

7.15 pm: Speech by IVU chair – Marly

7.20 pm: speech by KVC – Vaishali

7.25 pm: speaker …..

7.30 pm: speech by chief guest –

7.35 pm: speaker – Mainsh Shah

7.40 pm: speaker – Sharad Rao

7.45 pm: Indian Dance

7.55 pm: speaker – Darshan Chanderia

8.00 pm: speaker – Emmanuel Eohy

8.10 pm: Speaker –

8.20 pm: speaker –

8.30 pm: entertainment program

9.00 pm: dinner

24th Nov: List of event during the conference:

10 am: Opening ceremony of the conference, MC will state the purpose and what people will get out of it.

10.15: Nitin Bhai Mehta

10.30: speaker – Sheila – performing yoga for different purposes

10.45: Speaker –

11.00: demonstration of yoga by Africa yoga centre

11.30: speaker – Vedanti Ben – brahma kumari

12.00: speaker – Khilan shah – bhakti marg

12.30: speaker – Rukma prabhuji – iskon

1.00: lunch

2.00: demonstration by chef – Coach Vie (non cooking)

2.30: demo by chef – katya – European food with desert

3.00: Demo by Darshana – Jain vegan food

3.30: Demo by Chetna ben – Indian vegan food

4.00: speaker – Ady Namaran Coulibaly

4.15: speaker – David Kedode – TNR animal rights

4.30 speaker – Marly  Wickler

5.00 speaker – Cynthia Shulck

5:30: closing remarks by MC

6.00: break

7.00: closing ceremony – MC’s remark, vote of thanks, presentation by IVU, announce the winner of essay competition and science exhibition

8.30: Dinner

Exhibition on 24th Nov. 2018

The exhibition is free to all visitors. Following people and organisation will participate in the same.

  • School children with science presentation
  • organic farmers
  • religious centres
  • vegan products
  • leather free products
  • meat substitutes
  • Sponsors
  • Vendors for the stalls:

If you sell vegan / vegetarian food, leather substitute products, meat substitute products, organic produce, vegan cheese or any such products; you are welcome to join us in the exhibition. The stall is costing only KSH 2000/- for one day which includes meal for two people of each stall.


Marly Winckler

marlyMarly Winckler is a sociologist and translator. She is the translator of more than 60 books including Animal Liberation by Peter Singer and Becoming Vegetarian by Vesanto Melina and Brenda Davis. Vegetarian since 1983 she created “Sitio Vegetariano”–the first webpage on vegetarianism in Portuguese–and also the first discussion lists on vegetarianism in Portuguese and Spanish: veg-brasil and veg-latina (now ivu-latina). Latin American and Caribbean Coordinator of the International Vegetarian Union from 2000 to 2013. President and founder of the Brazilian Vegetarian Society (2003-2015). IVU chair 2012-2015 and present IVU chair. She lives in Florianopolis, the beautiful Island which hosted the 36th IVU World Vegetarian Congress in 2004, organized by her.

Marly presentation will be: Amazon Rainforest Destruction and Cattle Rearing

About 20% of the Amazon Rainforest was already destroyed. 80% of the already destroyed area is used by cattle rearing and soy (to feed animals for food). Some 6,000 km2 (about 1/5 of the territory of Belgium or about 1/12 times the size of UAE) are fired every year. The emissions coming from fire and cattle rearing in this region are more important than all emissions coming from big cities and transportation. Among other problems we are losing our big biodiversity (1/3 of world species) without even knowing it all. To mitigate the environmental and social impacts on Amazon Forest we need necessarily to tackle meat consumption issue.

Sharad Rao

sharad raoSharad Rao is a Barrister of Lincoln’s Inn, London. He was called to the Bar on 16th June, 1959, and enrolled as an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya on 1st July 1960. He is also involved in several social and welfare organisations in Kenya including as Chair of Muthaiga Residents Association and Vice Chair of Friends of Karura Association. He is member of the Board of the State Bank of Mauritius (Kenya). In 2016 he was awarded the prestigious Presidential award of ‘Elder of the Burning Spear – EBS, for outstanding and distinguished services to the nation’.

Nitin Mehta

Nitin Mehta was born in Kisumu, Kenya. He has lived in the UK for many years. He is a dedicated professional with an excellent reputation in organising cultural events. He is a passionate and a renowned speaker on India’s spiritual heritage as well as vegetarianism and veganism. He is also an active campaigner for animal rights. He was instrumental in setting up the first vegetarian society in Kenya, Mauritius, New Delhi, Paris, Lisbon and in the states of Punjab and Andhra Pradesh, India. Apart from English he speaks fluent Swahili, Hindi, Gujarati and Punjabi. Nitin holds a degree in Sociology from Goldsmiths college, University of London and is the owner of an Auto Parts business.

Virginia Nyaga (coach Vie)

virginiaVirginia Nyaga – The Happiness Alchemist – is a Certified Success Coach and Pranic Healer. She specializes in Wellness Coaching. Wellness encompasses 6 areas of life – Health, Business / Career, Relationships, Finances, Emotions and Spirituality. She coaches her clients to make positive changes in these areas of their lives through detoxing / cleansing through juicing programs, bespoke coaching programs, cooking classes and pranic healing (an energy healing modality) with the intension of getting you to your True happiness.

Virginia is also a media personality, appearing on K24’s Alfajiri Show where she demonstrates how to prepare vegan dishes and educates on the value of adopting a more plant based diet especially when one is dealing with a Lifestyle / Chronic disease such as diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, etc. She has also appeared on KTN’s Life and Style Show, KBC’s Good Morning Kenya and also has a YouTube Channel.

Taruri Gatere

poster picTarurî Gatere began her vegan journey in 2011 while she was studying a short fashion course in Florence, Italy. She stumbled upon the PETA website and found a 2 week vegan challenge which left her feeling healthier than ever before. Upon returning to Kenya later on that year, she struggled to remain vegan and found herself going back to animal products but she never forgot how good she felt on a vegan diet. In 2013 she went back on her vegan journey and with new determination to stay the course she began a blog called The Kenyan Vegan where she shared her trials and explorations in the kitchen. She was committed to keeping her vegan diet as fun, delicious and interesting as possible. In 2017 she changed The Kenyan Vegan to Freegan Soul and began to hold cookouts selling vegan food and in 2018 she began to do some small scale catering.

 Khilan shah (Bhakti Marga Kenya)

khilan shah pictureMadhusudanadas (Khilan Shah) is a devotee, husband, father, working professional and also the current Rotary Kenya Country Chair. He was initiated as an Atma Kriya Yoga teacher for Kenya, in 2014, by his Satguru Paramahamsa Sri Swami Vishwananda – an enlightened spiritual Master, a Kriya yoga Master and the founder of Bhakti Marga Kenya. With the continuous practice of Atma Kriya Yoga over many years, he has and continues to experience profound and positive inner transformations, something he really wants everyone to discover within themselves, ultimately leading to a living experience of unconditional Love in our daily living. He teaches Atma Kriya Yoga, Mudras, Simply Meditation, Project Mantra, and conducts Om Chanting circles and related practices during his spare time on the weekends and evenings.

Ady Namaran Coulibaly (Côte d’Ivoire)

ady 2Ady Namaran Coulibaly is the editor of Health Africa Magazine (a bilingual plant-based diet and environment magazine) and the Executive Director of Ghana Humane Society, an animal-welfare and environment NGO. She is also an interpreter and translator. She has been leading the Meatless Monday campaign in Ghana and carries out vegan advocacy. Her aspiration is to see veganism becoming the norm in all corners of Africa.

She will be speaking on ‘One health, one welfare’.

This topic essentially aims to shed light on the relationship between the health of the planet and that of humans and animals, focusing on the role of alternative food systems.

Cynthia Schuck

cynthiaCynthia has a PhD from Oxford University in Animal Cognition/Evolutionary Biology and two postdocs: one at Oxford, and another on the evolution of advanced cognition and the conditions for its emergence. She was the co-founder and scientific director (2005–2017) of a consulting company in the field of global health, sustainability, and data analysis in the life sciences. Since 2015, she is the scientific coordinator, and coordinator of the environment Department, of the Brazilian Vegetarian Society. She is also a council member at the International Vegetarian Union.

She will be Speaking on: The global impact of animal agriculture

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