Pablo Ganguli is a cultural entrepreneur and artistic director. He founded the global multidisciplinary cultural diplomacy organisation Liberatum because of his belief in the power of connecting people from different countries through inspiring cultural platforms.
Over the past twelve years, Pablo has created and directed a new kind of artistic festival all over the world. His eclectic endeavours and cultural ventures feature a wide range of captivating programmes that include art, film, science, music, ballet, theatre, design, literature and fashion.
Pablo is an active supporter of human rights, freedom of speech and environmental causes. He directed the first Women’s Rights Conference in Papua New Guinea supported by the Papua New Guinean, Australian, United States and British governments. At the age of eighteen, Pablo organised multiple events promoting human rights, youth issues and AIDS awareness projects. The British Government officially commended his work to promote these causes and his mission to forge cultural relations between Britain and the South Pacific.
Pablo has directed major international cultural forums, multidisciplinary festivals and artistic summits in countries as diverse as Russia, Turkey, India and Morocco enhancing the cultural reputation of those countries. He is currently developing new cultural ventures for Brazil, China, Italy and the United States.
Since 2001, Pablo has collaborated with some of the world’s most iconic cultural minds, leading organisations and world-renowned brands.
He was born in Calcutta in 1983.
What the media says about Pablo Ganguli:
“Proof that entrepreneurial skill can work as well for art as for commerce.” – Esquire
“Culture King” – GQ
“Young Mr Ganguli, only 26, has been organising these peripatetic productions for eight years now, and despite such tender years, somehow manages to persuade the great and the good of the arts to turn up and perform.” – Wallpaper
“Pablo, in fact only 22, is like Ariel in The Tempest, a creature who moves imperceptibly between boundaries, appears and disappears, magicks, sulks and shimmies, infuriates and intoxicates. The shape-shifter wears sequinned gowns and knitted hats, holds you with his green-lensed eyes.” – The Independent
“Liberatum’s mercurial wunderkind founder, the 26-year-old Pablo Ganguli, is in his 10th year of organising these events. His knack of shipping in a mob of jaw-dropping talent and finding the sponsors to pay for it all is, truly, incredible.” – The Sunday Times
“The promoter of the whole thing rejoices in the name of Pablo Ganguli. I had imagined a bearded fiftysomething professor of Anglo-Arabic literature. Pablo, who has the flamboyant look of an angel in a renaissance Annunciation, is 21 years old.” – The Daily Telegraph
“At a still tender age, this pouting little powerhouse has exposed Papua New Guinea to Janet Street-Porter and Benjamin Zephaniah. He has held a series of literary festivals in Bombay, arts junkets in Moscow and Marrakech, and attracted such luminaries as Annie Lennox, Stephen Frears, Sir Richard Branson and Michael Nyman to participate. Later this month Ganguli’s cultural embassy, Liberatum, plans to launch in Istanbul, Munich, Moscow, Venice, Kuwait, Lima, Mumbai and Valletta.” – Evening Standard
“The 22-year-old Indian-born cultural impresario has broadened our horizons by organising festivals in Papua New Guinea, Morocco and Delhi, getting the great and the good to attend.” – Observer Magazine (The Observer)
“But authors, MPs, holy men and Hollywood or even Bollywood aside, the most noticeable figure, in the end, was the festival founder Pablo Ganguli. At the age of 22, with the face of a young Elizabeth Taylor and the mascara and make-up to match, this unlikely literary powerhouse had managed to dream up and then pull off such a successful festival.” – The Times
“Festival King” – The Observer
“Ganguli had made the remarkable journey from a student studying French in Calcutta to, seemingly, one of the world’s leading literary salonistas in just three years.” – Evening Standard
“The latest brainchild of the young literary impresario Pablo Ganguli, whose ambitious festival-making has so far encompassed events in Morocco, Delhi and Papua New Guinea (with plans afoot for Jordan, Turkey and Malta), this should be an especially interesting event in the context of the current intellectual climate in Russia, where freedom of speech is increasingly becoming an issue.” – Financial Times
“Ganguli’s intent, to promote British culture abroad, and to exchange ideas with creative people in developing nations, is noble, and his ability to entice both serious and frivolous people to his gatherings is second to none.” – GQ