(CNN) — Roy Pickler lay on the floor, dripping with sweat, as trainer Bob Harper quipped, “You look like you got run over by a reindeer.”
Pickler’s job as a professional Santa was a constant joke on the latest season of “The Biggest Loser.” With his long white beard and protruding stomach, the 63-year-old looked every bit the part he played.
By the time he was voted off the show, Pickler had lost 88 pounds. During his elimination interview, he donned a Santa hat and told viewers his toned physique wouldn’t stop him from bringing Christmas joy to children.
“The world is going to have to change their acceptance of what Santa looks like,” Pickler said. “Santa is a role model, and kids don’t want to have a role model that’s fat.”
Since 1980, obesity rates among children and adolescents have almost tripled, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Approximately 12.5 million children age 2 to 19 are obese; that extra weight can lead to serious health problems, including type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease and psychosocial issues such as peer discrimination or poor self-esteem.
Children learn healthy (or unhealthy) habits from those they admire. And Santa is one of the most recognizable figures in America.
For at least a month every year, he appears on billboards, storefronts and TV commercials. Millions of kids stand in line to sit on his comfortably padded lap and whisper secrets in his ear. They write letters to him, sing songs about him and read stories about him.
We worry about the effect fast-food advertisements have on students in school. With all his free publicity, should Santa still be fat?
“Let’s put it this way,” registered dietician Beth Kitchin said with a laugh. “I don’t think Santa should be skinny.”
There are a lot of other markers to consider in measuring health. Research shows that people can have a higher body mass index and still be healthy, Kitchin said. One can assume Santa is pretty active, wrangling hundreds of elves and nine reindeer every year. And his cheery disposition says a lot about his stress level, which could relate to low blood pressure.
Of course, Santa does have a penchant for sugary treats. One fan estimated the big man eats more than 5,000 tons of cookies on Christmas Eve alone. If Santa isn’t diabetic, Christmas magic really does exist.
A 2009 study published in the British Medical Journal determined that Santa could very well be a “public health pariah.” The light-hearted research by Nathan Grills of Monash University in Australia found a correlation between countries that recognize Santa and a high rate of childhood obesity.
Michael Pless, 62, catches a wave off Seal Beach, south of Los Angeles, on Friday, December 21, in California. Pless, who also runs a surfing school, has been dressing up as Santa Claus and taking to the waves in costume since the 1990s, sometimes joined by his wife, Jill, in a Mrs. Claus outfit.
A militarized police helicopter leaves a Santa Claus atop a school in a shantytown, or favela, of Rio de Janeiro on Thursday, December 20. This St. Nick, dressed in the white and blue colors of Peace Police Units, handed out toys among the children in the Brazilian slum.
Two Japanese Santas clean the windows of a Tokyo hotel on December 20.
Santa auditions an alternative species to pull his sleigh at the Marineland park in Antibes, France, on Wednesday, December 19.
Stuttgart fans don Santa hats during a German Cup match between VfB Stuttgart and 1. FC Köln on December 19 in Stuttgart, Germany.
A man dressed in a Santa Claus costume poses with a sea lion at the animal exhibition park Marineland, in France, on December 19.
Santa Claus walks out of the front door during a Christmas party hosted for sick children at 10 Downing Street on Monday, December 17, in London.
Santa Claus opens his coat to reveal a Matt Schaub jersey at Reliant Stadium on Sunday, December 16, in Houston, Texas, before the Texas Longhorns played the Indianapolis Colts.
Participants wear Santa costumes as they take part in a Santa Claus-themed race in downtown Milan, Italy, on December 16.
A man dressed up as Santa Claus appears at a demonstration in Paris for the legalization of same-sex marriage on December 16.
A fan stands out in his Santa Claus attire during an NFL game between the Baltimore Ravens and Denver Broncos on December 16 in Baltimore. Denver won 34-17.
A girl points out toys to Santa Claus on Saturday, December 15, in a store in Lille, France.
Costumed Santas crowd into a telephone booth during the Santacon pub crawl near London’s Trafalgar Square on December 15.
Revelers in Santa costumes sit on the lion statue at the base of Nelson’s Column in London’s Trafalgar Square on December 15.
A member of a French anti-fur group wades into the sea during a beach protest to denounce the practice of wearing fur on December 15 in Nice, France.
A man dressed as Santa Claus sees a patient in the pediatric ward of a hospital in Guatemala City, Guatemala, on Friday, December 14.
A man decked out as Santa walks down Geary Street on December 14 in San Francisco.
A man wearing a Santa Claus costume performs in downtown Rome on Thursday, December 13.
Police check a man dressed as Santa Claus as he passes through a metal detector at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, December 12, in Washington.
Catholics United hold a press conference with Santa Claus in front of the U.S. Capitol to rebut the GOP’s budget effort in the ongoing fiscal cliff argument on December 12 in Washington.
Icelandic philantropist Einar Sveinsson, dressed as Santa Claus, speaks with a patient in the oncology ward during a visit to the Benjamin Bloom National Children’s Hospital in San Salvador, El Salvador, on Tuesday, December 11.
A man dressed as Ded Moroz, the Russian Santa Claus, entertains children at the Ded Moroz residence in Kuzminsky Park in Moscow on Tuesday, December 11.
A man dressed as Santa waits for customers in a wooden house in Rome on December 11.
A diver dressed as Santa Claus poses for a photograph with children during a promotional event for the “Sardines Feeding Show with Santa Claus” at the Coex Aquarium in Seoul, South Korea, on December 11.
Costumed participants of the annual “Best Father Frost” contest from different city districts make their way through a courtyard in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, on Monday, December 10.
A few thousand Santa Clauses ride between Gdansk and Gdynia, Poland, on Sunday, December 9. Santa Clauses rode on scooters, motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles between the two Polish cities.
Participants in the fourth annual Michendorf Santa Run, one wearing a camera on his head, gather shortly before the run on December 9 in Michendorf, Germany. More than 800 people took part in this year’s races.
A woman and her dog in Santa suits prepare for the annual Glasgow Santa Dash on December 9 in Glasgow, Scotland.
Beachgoers carry a man wearing a Santa Claus costume on the Mediterranean coast on Saturday, December 8, in Nice, France.
Takashi Inui of Frankfurt, Germany, celebrates dressed as Santa Claus after the Bundesliga match between Eintracht Frankfurt and SV Werder Bremen on December 8 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Eintracht won 4-1.
A customer holds the door of a shopping mall for a man dressed as Santa Claus on December 8, in Berlin.
Valery Kokoulin, 47, rings a bell on his yacht to mark the end of the sailboat season on Friday, December 7, on the Yenisei River outside Krasnoyarsk, Russia. Temperatures in the Siberian city dipped to minus 9.4 degrees Fahrenheit.
Kokoulin stands aboard his yacht on December 7.
President Barack Obama greets Santa Claus with actors Neil Patrick Harris, Rico Rodriguez and musician Phillip Phillips during the 90th National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at the White House on Thursday, December 6, in Washington, D.C.
A diver dressed as a Santa Claus dives with a nurse shark in the Sea Life Aquarium in Munich, Germany, on December 6, which is St. Nicholas Day.
Around 400 people dressed as Santa Claus arrive by train in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, on December 6.
A man dressed as a Santa Claus waves at the port in Hamburg, Germany, on December 6.
People in Santa Claus outfits imitate South Korean rapper Psy’s famous “Gangnam Style” dance outside offices in Seoul, South Korea, on Wednesday, December 5. The dance marked the start of a charity mission to hand out gifts to children.
A man dressed as Santa Claus stands at The Paley Center for Media on December 5 in Beverly Hills, California.
Santa descends on a rope during Christmas Box Launch at Wellington Arch in London’s Hyde Park on Tuesday, December 4.
Santa Claus, aka Tim Connaghan, sits in the audience while a Marine stands guard during a presentation at Ronald Reagan National Airport on Monday, December 3, as part of the Marines’ Toys for Tots program. Thousand of donated toys are set to be delivered to families affected by Hurricane Sandy.
A spectator dressed as Santa Claus and wearing an Australian green cap watches the South African team walk out onto the field at a cricket match against Australia on December 3.
Runners dressed in Father Christmas costumes take part in the annual 5-kilometer Santa Dash in Liverpool, England, on Sunday, December 2. Many runners who refuse to run in red, the color of their football rivals Liverpool FC, wear blue to support the football team Everton FC.
A fan of the Baylor University Bears dresses up as Santa Claus while the Bears face the Oklahoma State University Cowboys on Saturday, December 1, in Waco, Texas.
Competitors run in the annual 6-kilometer Santa Run in Battersea Park, London, on December 1.
A man dressed as Santa leaves the the annual meeting of volunteer Santa Clauses and angels on December 1 in Berlin. Studentenwerk Berlin, a student organization at the German capital’s technical university, hosts a general meeting for guidelines on participating in this year’s events during the festive season.
Angels and Santa Clauses gather for the annual meeting on December 1 in Berlin.
A man dressed as Santa Claus attends Berlin’s meeting of volunteer Santa Clauses and angels on December 1 in Berlin.
Men dressed as Santa Claus carry sacks through the meeting of volunteer Santa Clauses and angels on December 1 in Berlin.
A volunteer Santa Claus takes a nap during the general meeting outlining guidelines for Father Christmases in Berlin on December 1.
Volunteers in New York’s 110th annual Sidewalk Santa Parade cross the street on Friday, November 23.
A diver wearing a Santa Claus costume feeds a sunfish during a Christmas show at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise Aquarium in Yokohama, Japan, on Wednesday, November 21. The show will be held daily until Christmas Day.
Estonian Santa Claus “Santa Aare,” from left, Dutch Santa Claus “Santa Holland” and Swedish Santa Claus “Snaretomten” compete in the Kicksled Sack Race during the Santa Claus Winter Games in Gallivare, Sweden, on Saturday, November 17. Santas from around the world gathered to participate in Christmas-themed competitions that weekend.
Santas from various countries compete in the porridge-eating contest during the Santa Claus Winter Games in Gallivare on November 17.
A Santa Claus representing the indigenous Sami people competes in the reindeer ride event during the Santa Claus Winter Games in Gallivare on November 17.
Japanese Santa Claus “Santa Paradise Yamamoto” hits the ground in the reindeer ride event during the competition in Gallivare on November 17.
Photos: Santa sightings around the world
Santa’s weight is a longstanding tradition, said Tom Kliner, founder of Santas Across the Globe and the Fraternity of International Real Bearded Santas. The character originated with St. Nicholas, who lived in Turkey during the fourth century. Nicholas was a wealthy young bishop who started giving away all his gold after his parents died.
“Back in those days, extra weight was a sign of wealth and affluence,” Kliner said.
Hollywood used to have a set of numbers — waist circumference, face shape, beard length — that Santas were supposed to adhere to, Kliner said. But around the world, the legendary giver comes in all shapes and sizes. Coca-Cola’s Santa, whom many in America try to emulate, is very round: round face, round nose, round stomach. The Santa imitated in Europe is a thinner man with more squared-off features.
Kliner said he sees Santa as more of a public figure than a role model. “I’ve never seen anybody aspire to become Santa Claus.”
Changing Santa’s iconic image would be hard, said Meg Cox, author of “The Book of New Family Traditions.” Comfort and security come with seeing the same character year after year.
“We carry these traditions forward from our childhood,” she said. “Some of us are pretty emotional about them. And yet I think there’s nothing wrong with having a sense of play about it.”
If you want Santa to be skinny, Cox said, make it happen: Tell your kids Santa is tired of eating cookies, and leave an apple out instead.
“Having your own take on Santa might be the ultimate personalized Christmas.”
It’s possible our culture is already changing. Santa races are becoming as much of a tradition as candy canes and Christmas lights. Kids are finding active video games under the tree alongside step counters and organic cookbooks for Mom or Dad.
Pickler recently called a couple of companies he has contracts with and asked whether they were OK with a trim Santa.
“They both said, ‘We want you just the way you are. Your idea of a healthy Santa is the one we want to go with.’ “
Since “The Biggest Loser” finale, Pickler and his wife, Chris, have spoken to kids across the Midwest about nutrition and exercise. Pickler often walks in to schools dressed as Santa Claus and then takes off his suit, Superman-style, to reveal his new fit self.
In an upcoming documentary about Santas titled “They Wore a Red Suit,” Pickler implores his colleagues around the country to get fit.
“We cannot use (our role) as an excuse, because it influences kids in the wrong direction,” he said.
Maybe one day, instead of a belly that shakes like a bowl full of jelly, Santa will have a six-pack. Maybe his cheeks will glow not from the cold but because he’s consuming the recommended doses of omega-3 fatty acids. Maybe Mrs. Claus will take up gardening. (Granted, that would be hard to do at the North Pole, but surely the elves can build a greenhouse or two.)
Eventually, in addition to being a role model for the Christmas spirit, our beloved St. Nick could become a healthy role model for kids.
Until then, save some cookies — Santa Claus is comin’ to town.
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Women who eat a low-carbohydrate, high-protein diet may be increasing their risk for heart disease and stroke, a new study suggests.
There were about four or five extra cases of cardiovascular problems per 10,000 women who were studied as they followed Atkins-type diets, say researchers. They called the findings directly relevant to young women who often resort to restricting carbohydrates and boosting protein.
Despite the popularity of low carb, high-protein diets, clinicians should probably advise against following them for lont-term control of weight. (Albert Gea/Reuters)
“Although low carbohydrate-high protein diets may be nutritionally acceptable if the protein is mainly of plant origin [such as nuts and soy] and the reduction of carbohydrates applies mainly to simple and refined ones, the general public do not always recognize and act on these qualifications,” Pagona Lagiou of the University of Athens Medical School and her co-authors said in this week’s issue of the British Medical Journal.
Lagiou’s team analyzed nutritional data on 43,396 Swedish women aged 30 to 49 who were followed for an average of 15 years.
In that time, 1,270 cardiovascular events such as heart attacks and strokes were recorded.
The researchers estimated that every 20-gram decrease in daily carbohydrate intake, like a small bread roll, and five-gram increase in protein per day, such as a boiled egg, would increase overall risk of cardiovascular disease by five per cent.
Factors likely to influence the results were taken into account, including smoking, alcohol use, diagnosis of hypertension, overall level of activity and saturated unsaturated fat intake.
Investigators assessed participants’ diets when the study began and grouped them into tenths based on carbohydrate, protein and low carb plus high protein intake.
Cardiovascular disease risks
The possible benefits of low-carb diets for controlling weight or insulin resistance in the short term need to be investigated further, the study’s authors said.
In the context of previous research, the Swedish study further challenges the safety of following a low carb, high protein diet long term, Anna Floegel from the German Institute of Human Nutrition and Tobias Pischon from the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in Berlin said in a journal editorial.
The observational findings seem biologically plausible in that low carb diets are usually low on wholegrain foods, fruits and starchy vegetables that offer fibre, vitamins and minerals. A high protein diet may include higher intake of red and processed meat with iron, cholesterol and saturated fat, the editors said.
Earlier this month, another study of Swedes suggested that low-carb, high-fat diets could be to blame for their high cholesterol levels.
“Despite the popularity of these diets, clinicians should probably advise against their use for long term control of body weight,” the editorial concluded.
“The short term benefits of low carbohydrate-high protein diets for weight loss that have made these diets appealing seem irrelevant in the face of increasing evidence of higher morbidity and mortality from cardiovascular diseases in the long term.”
The study was funded by the Swedish Cancer Society and the Swedish Research Council.
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By JAMES ANGELOS
In fast food, Germany is better known for wurst. But few German street snacks are more appreciated than the Turkish döner kebab.
Brought to Germany four decades ago, the döner is to Berlin what pizza is to New York: a transplanted food that has taken on a new life in its adopted land. Today, there are more döner stands in Berlin than in Istanbul. And about 720 million servings are sold nationally each year according to an industry association.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel sliced a döner in Berlin in 2009.
German-style döners are seasoned meat processed into a large cylindrical loaf, roasted on a vertical spit, then thinly sliced with a long knife and wrapped in flat bread with vegetable toppings and, sometimes, a spicy sauce.
As Germany recently marked the 50th anniversary of the guest worker treaty that brought hundreds of thousands of Turkish workers to fuel its booming postwar economy, the ubiquitous street snack is held up as a prominent symbol of the cultural and economic influence of Turkish immigration on German society.
But few events signal the food’s rise as did its own recent trade fair, attended by 4,000 döner aficionados, who consumed a ton of it. Döner industry suppliers in suits, hawking everything from spits to pita bread hashed out deals between seminars on quality standards and problems in the meat industry.
“Döner makes you pretty!” Remzi Kaplan, the owner of Kaplan Dönerproduktion GmbH, one of Europe’s largest döner meat producers, bellowed into a microphone as several young men devoured his product during an eating contest with a €500 prize ($655). “Döner makes you healthy!” he continued. “Clever! Slim!”
Thanks to its sheer size and an ethnic Turkish population of more than 2.5 million, Germany is the leader of a growing European döner industry, generating €3.5 billion in annual revenue and 200,000 jobs across Europe, according to the Berlin-based Association of Turkish Döner Producers in Europe. As with many goods, Germany has turned döner into an export advantage, producing about 400 tons of the meat daily and selling much of it to France, Poland and other European neighbors.
The fair lured big brands such as Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen, eager to sell trucks to döner producers. French-fry giant Lamb Weston also attended.
“It’s a fast-growing market,” said Dietmar Pagel, an account manager for Lamb Weston’s Germany and Austria operations, as he cleaned a deep fryer he had used to fry up samples. Mr. Pagel said he had just scored a deal to supply nearly 50 tons of fries a week to a major döner distributor.
The booming döner business is also spawning innovation. At one of the fair’s 100 exhibits, Sönke Puls, a representative for Kiesling Fahrzeugbau GmbH, a German maker of refrigerated truck bodies, showed off his company’s “Döner Streaker,” a vehicle customized for the transport of frozen döner. Its special feature: a “döner blocker,” or bar, built into the cargo door to keep the cylinders of meat from rolling out when the door is opened.
Without it, a frozen döner roll weighing between 70 and 220 pounds could tumble out just “like a stone,” said Mr. Puls, sliding the bar into place to demonstrate how it works.
A lamb version of the döner has long been a staple of Turkish cooking. Its German descendant, more likely to be beef, was developed by Turkish guest workers in Berlin in the early 1970s. Though the claim is disputed, Kadir Nurman, a 78-year-old who came to Germany from Turkey in the 1960s, was honored as its inventor at the fair.
Mr. Nurman’s restaurant at the time was located near the Zoologischer Garten train station, a main transport hub in West Berlin. Noticing how workers craved something to eat on the go, he decided one day to wrap döner meat in bread to make it portable.
“When Kadir Nurman gazes at a döner, it’s with the look of a father proud to behold his baby,” the fair organizers wrote of Mr. Nurman.
In a nation that incessantly discusses the role immigration has played in its society, the döner is often cast as a political symbol.
Recently, Thilo Sarrazin, a former Bundesbank official who ignited a simmering debate about immigration with his controversial best seller, “Germany Abolishes Itself,” visited Kreuzberg, a neighborhood in Berlin famous for its large Turkish population. Among Mr. Sarrazin’s many contentious claims was that immigration from Turkey and other Muslim-majority countries has harmed Germany culturally and economically.
With a public-television crew in tow to film his visit, Mr. Sarrazin was asked to leave a well-known Turkish restaurant because of angry reaction to his presence on the street. “No Döner for Sarrazin,” blared German newspaper headlines.
For many Turkish immigrants, the döner has come to represent both opportunity and the limited chances of earlier generations to expand into other fields.
“Many immigrants live from this,” said Levent Cibik, an engineer who was attending the döner trade fair with his father, Mehti, a 50-year-old who came to Germany from east Anatolia 36 years ago and worked as a metal worker in a chocolate factory in Berlin. They were there to promote a product the father had developed, an energy-efficient rotating spit called a Universal Döner Motor.
With his laborer’s rough hands, the elder Mr. Cibik showed off the benefits of his creation, particularly a ball-bearing system that allows one to bring the skewer closer to the flame as the roll of meat gets thinner.
The family, the son said, hoped to profit from the expanding döner industry. He then pointed to a group of döner-industry moguls in suits who were chatting in Turkish. “See those people over there,” he said. “They’re all millionaires.”
A version of this article appeared April 19, 2012, on page A1 in some U.S. editions of The Wall Street Journal, with the headline: There’s Nothing More German Than a Big, Fat Juicy Döner Kebab.
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TORONTO, Apr 5, 2012 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) –
|FAT| Arts Fashion Week and the Goethe-Institut Toronto have teamed up this year to present |FAT|’s FOCUS GERMANY. Curated in collaboration with internationally recognized Designer Scouts Berlin, |FAT| spotlights Germany to celebrate its rich cultural scene and strong approach to art and fashion. Four festival days will present Germany’s creative influencers to Toronto audiences through a gallery-style photography exhibit, a multi-media art installation, fashion films, and runway collections. This year’s festival is proud to highlight Germany’s long-standing reputation as a driving force in the creative industries of film, art and fashion.
“|FAT| was launched with the idea to expose Canadian culture to the world, and to make Canadian fashion and art more visible internationally,” says |FAT| Executive Director, Vanja Vasic. “The festival aims to connect with creative hotspots like Germany, in order to exchange ideas and be more informed about world trends and the international arts and fashion community as a whole.”
“We love to work with |FAT| for the second time. Their multidisciplinary mix of art and design creates a powerful platform to engage Canadian and German talents,” _says Sonja Griegoschewski, Director of the Goethe-Institut Toronto.
“Germany – Berlin in particular – is one of the most influential cultural centres in the world at the moment,” adds |FAT| Artistic Director, Vessna Perunovich. “We’re interested in their conceptual approach to fashion, which mirrors lFATl’s mandate to present fashion through many art forms.”
|FAT| FOCUS GERMANY features:
-- * On-site photography exhibit - a collaboration between fourteen contemporary German designers photographers http://fashionarttoronto.ca/2012-schedule/german-focus-photoexhibit -- 3 fashion film about Berlin's vibrant arts scene emerging designers -- Multi-media art exhibits featuring jewellery, film fashion -- F/W 2012/13 fashion collections from Berlin-based designers Esther Perbandt Von Bardonitz
Event Calendar |FAT| Focus Germany:
24-27 April: Dressing Room Project – Katrin Spranger’s _”Best Before” _ installation of conceptual jewellery, photos clothing
24-27 April: Photography Exhibit – 14 German designers photographers
24 April 8pm: Fashion on Film – “The Gardener” by Katja Hentschel
25 April 9pm: Runway Showcase – Esther Perbandt
25 April 9pm: Fashion on Film – Designer Scouts Berlin
27 April 9pm: Fashion on Film – “Format – Esther Perbandt” _ by Christian Straub
27 April 9pm: Runway Showcase – Designer Nicole Roscher’s line Von Bardonitz
|FAT| FOCUS GERMANY FEATURED ARTISTS:
Katrin Spranger is a Hamburg jewellery artist, who has won numerous awards for her work.
Esther Perbandt is a sustainable fashion label distributed in Japan, Canada, Germany, Denmark, France, Italy, the USA, Cyprus, Greece Hong Kong.
Von Bardonitz is a fashion label designed by Nicole Roscher, whose style adopts classic gents cuts into various gender concepts.
Christian Straub is a film director artist, with works shown awarded internationally.
Katja Hentschel is a photographer filmmaker in Berlin, chronicling people with a sense of style.
Lisa Shahno is an avantgarde fashion designer. Recently took part of a fashion exhibit curated by Mode Museum of Hasselt, Belgium.
Valquire Veljkovic is a photographer multi-media artist based in Berlin.
howitzweissbach is an international fashion label from Leipzig designed by Eva Howitz Frieder Weissbach.
Tata Christiane is a fashion label by Julie Bourgeois Hanrigabriel.
Juliaandben is a menswear/womenswear label by Julia Heuse Ben Klunker, graduates of the prestigious Berlin design school ESMOD.
Sadak is a Berlin-based fashion label created by Serbian designer Sasa Kovacevic.
Isabel Vollrath is a Berlin-based fashion designer awarded the “Baltic Fashion Award 2011.”
Moga E Mago is a Berlin-based label creating extravagant accessories.
Daniel Bolliger is an art director, photographer, graphic designer artist based in Berlin, Zurich, London New York.
Thomas Dachs is an artist photographer living working in Leipzig.
Valeria Mitelman is a professional dreamer photographer.
Magnus Ragnvid Chammom
Madame Peripetie is a surrealist photographer based in Germany U.K.
About the Goethe-Institut
For 50 years, the Goethe-Institut Toronto has been promoting an ongoing dialogue and exchange between Canadian and German artists and experts in order to present German culture abroad and help shape a current understanding of Germany today.
About Designer Scouts
Designer Scouts is a Berlin-based platform for extraordinary and upcoming designers that aims to capture the spirit of the creative fashion scene bringing it closer into the context of the international fashion world. Their mission is to educate the world about the importance of avant-garde design.
|FAT| Arts Fashion Week is a platform for inventive, pioneering and contemporary expression. This annual multi-arts event delivers a packed schedule of runway shows, live performances, music, photography exhibits, video screenings and installation exhibits, to celebrate leaders in a wide range of art forms.
|FAT| Arts Fashion Week 2012
April 24-27, 2012
Event venue: 213 Sterling Road. Toronto
Tickets: $30 online in advance, $35 at the door
|FAT| Arts Fashion Week
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