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That was the SEA 2013

Close to 400 illustrious international guests from the worlds of politics, industry, media and society celebrated the second awards ceremony of the Sustainable Entrepreneurship Award (SEA) in Vienna’s Hofburg. Christina Weidinger, the founder of the SEA, distinguished the pioneers of the future.

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The Slovenian entrepreneur Andreja Kodrin (Challenge:Future) and the German technologist and chemist Michael Braungart (Cradle to Cradle) received the SEA of Excellence. Saphon Energy from Tunisia ( was named the Best Idea. NuruEnergy from South Africa ( received the jury prize with 10,000 euros in prize money. Other entrepreneurs were honoured with prizes in the seven SEA categories. SEA founder Christina Weidinger: “With the SEA and with the many best practices from around the world, we show that sustainability doesn’t have to be a mere buzzword, but rather – if understood properly – the business model of the future!”

Stuart Freeman and Ina Sabitzer compéred the evening. Boris Nebyla staged a very special intro – an infectious dance performance with the kids from Dance Arts. And Leo Hickman, a journalist at The Guardian, told the audience about his lifestyle experiment in which he tried to live ethically for a full year. The Vienna Big Band Project with the voice of soul singer Carole Alston provided the musical setting. The absolute highlight of the evening was the finalists of ‘Britain’s Got Talent’. Charlotte, 17, and Jonathan, 18, gave the entire audience goosebumps with their riveting mixture of opera and pop and their powerful voices. 3D animations, created by the international projection artist Fritz Fitzke, immersed Hofburg Palace in a fascinating, dazzling fantasy world.

Moderation by Ina Sabitzer and Stuart Freeman

Stuart Freeman

Stuart Freeman is a true entertainment veteran. Ever since leaving college, his life has centred around clubs, radio, TV, road shows, public appearances, seminars, presentations and voice-overs for TV documentaries.

Stuart Freeman spent two years as an English-language presenter on Blue Danube Radio and is currently the voice of the Morning Show on FM4.

Ina Sabitzer

Ina Sabitzer is a communication and profiling expert who specialises in enhancing top managers’ public profiles. For the past 14 years she has enjoyed being in the spotlight as a moderator. Sabitzer gained a wealth of experience from her engagements as a press spokesperson and TV presenter as well as from her training as a speaker (Schule des Sprechens, Vienna), and specialised in compéring specialist events in German and English.

In the past six years she has drawn up the concept for and acted as the mistress of ceremonies at a number of exclusive events, congresses and round tables for companies of various sizes (including Deutsche Telekom AG and Österreichische Post AG).

Leo Hickman

Leo Hickman is a journalist with The Guardian and currently writes The Eco Audit blog within the Guardian environment group of blogs.

Hickman grew up in Cornwall not far from what was to become the Eden Project. He studied in the School of English and American Studies (ENGAM) at the University of Sussex.

Hickman wrote for the Ethical Living section of Guardian Unlimited offering advice on readers’ ethical concerns, and wrote two books on the theme, ‘Life Stripped Bare: My Year Trying To Live Ethically’ and ‘A Good Life’. In 2007 he published a third book, ‘The Final Call’, discussing the ethics of tourism, and in 2008 he published a book about climate change.

dancearts – Boris Nebyla

Boris Nebyla, partner of Simona Noja and co-founder of dancearts, is the artistic director of the studio. In between his other engagements and guest appearances, he teaches his students at dancearts and is a choreographer and active dancer in his own company. He developed the modern ‘Nebyla-Zelechowski style’, which he teaches exclusively at dancearts workshops. His teaching focuses on musicality, rhythm and coordination, but dance itself and fun are never neglected, as Boris’s motto is ‘humour and patience’!

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Boris Nebyla was born in Bratislava and studied at the dance conservatory in his native city, at the conservatory of the City of Vienna as well as at the ballet school of the Vienna State Opera. From 1993 to 2006 he was engaged in the ballet corps of the State Opera (and Volksoper) and has since been a guest principal there as well as at the national theatre in Bratislava. Furthermore, he has made guest performances in Japan, Spain, Belgium, France, Ukraine and Germany.

He achieved acclaim with his solo performances in Swan Lake, Raymonda, Paquita, Giselle, La Sylphide, La Fille Mal Gardée, Wolfgang Amadée, Spartacus, as well as with choreographies by Kilian, van Mannen, Forsythe, Bienert, Zanella, Lacroix, Adler, Gervasi, Hölbling, Beil, Cavalari, among others. Nebyla has been teaching at the Vienna State Opera ballet school and at the Volksoper since 2006 and at dancearts since 2005, as well as being an instructor at the Impulstanz Festival in Vienna and a guest teacher in Bolzano. He has received prizes for being the ‘most elegant dancer’ at many international ballet competitions as well as the MAYA silver medal.

Vienna Big Band Project

This band has become an indispensable part of Vienna’s jazz scene. The 20 musicians under the baton of Markus Geiselhart (director of the Don Ellis Tribute Orchestra feat. Thomas Gansch, among others) have devoted themselves to big band jazz, following in the footsteps of the jazz greats of the big band scene.
The works of contemporary composers and own compositions, for instance by bass player Peter Strutzenberger, can be found in the band’s varied repertoire, as can funky mainstream big band numbers and swing classics.

Thanks to the band’s great variety of styles, its fan base is constantly expanding. In fact, its motto can be said to be ‘something for everyone’. So it is not surprising that both young and old get their money’s worth and that an evening with the Vienna Big Band Project is enthusiastically received by audiences.

Carole Alston

Right after completing her studies at the Howard University College of Fine Arts (Washington, D.C.), Carole was engaged to Switzerland and undertook tours to Berlin (Theater des Westens), Karlsruhe, Kaiserslautern, Cologne, Paris, Graz, Linz and Vienna. She played leading roles in several musicals such as Cole Porter’s ‘Kiss Me, Kate’ (Kate), in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ (Mary Magdalene), Mitch Leigh’s ‘Der Mann von La Mancha’ (Aldonza) or in Leonard Bernstein’s ‘Trouble In Tahiti’ and ‘West Side Story’ (Anita).

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After years of touring, Carole settled in Vienna. Besides teaching she has sung at the Volksoper, in the Karajan Centre, the Wiener Musikverein and the Linzer Brucknerhaus. In 2000 she choreographed, staged and played the part of Nell in ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’ – The Fats Waller Musical’. In 2006 Carole performed her own piece on the remarkable and all-too-brief life of Billie Holiday in Vienna’s English Theatre and her programme ‘Ladies You’re On’ in the Birdland and Jazzland jazz clubs. In 2007 and 2008 Carole not only started to do some studio recording, but also began travelling again, resulting in some fine concerts in Istanbul, Prague, Warsaw, Paris, Istanbul, Canada and recently Germany (with the wonderful Fritz Pauer Trio).

Carole has shared the stage with many renowned bands and musicians, e.g. Aaron Wonesch, Heribert Kohlich, Herbert Swoboda, Christian Havel, Giorgio Di Agostino, Richard Österreicher, Martin Fuss, Heinz von Hermann, Hans Salomon, Thomas Kugi, Thomas Huber, Thomas Faulhaber, Herwig Gradischnigg, Hans Strasser, Harry Putz, Uli Langthaler, Uwe Urbanowsy, Mario Gonzi, Joris Dudli, Walter Grassmann, Andy Weiss, Walter Grossrubatscher, Klemens Marktl and many more.

Charlotte & Jonathan

Jonathan Antoine, 18, and Charlotte Jaconelli, 17, known collectively as Jonathan & Charlotte, are an English pop-opera duo from Essex.

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They finished as runners-up in the sixth season of ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ in 2012, being beaten to the winning post by a dancing dog act. Despite not winning, the young duo was offered a GBP 1m record deal by Simon Cowell on his record label Syco.

They have since released their album, ‘Together’,which reached No 5 in the UK album charts. The album was released in the USA and Canada on 30 October 2012.

Fritz Fitzke

Fritz Fitzke is master of audiovisual media and is considered a cornerstone of the international projection art scene. Since 1982 he has worked as a freelance photographer, light designer and projection artist. He made an impression with his visually unique and complex artistic, photo-processed slides, as well as his multi-vision shows.

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As a result of his research into the various ways of connecting music and pictures, Fitzke became a composer of electronic music and a superlative visual artist. He specialises in live VJing on large-sized areas by LED/video projection and digital distortion and editing techniques.

He draws inspiration from a variety of experiences especially in the areas dance, music, theatre and presentation. Fitzke’s projection art has become an integral part of Kruder & Dorfmeister’s live tour and also supports the artists under the label G-stone Records.

Stilt walkers

The stilt walkers Bug Rouge and Grande Fleur provide extraordinary entertainment. Bug Rouge – a giant beetle constantly on the lookout for food (favourite dish: all kinds of lice, both head lice and other) – falls in love with a flower, Grande Fleur.

Grande Fleur savours each ray of sunlight and enjoys the diversity of the world. Her petals can close to protect her from any surprises – such as lovesick beetles. A very special kind of fauna and flora in dizzying heights on stilts.