I was born on 2 June 1990 in Thessaloniki, Greece. I was raised and attend school in Kalamaria, a neighbouring Municipal to Thessaloniki. At the age of 6 i started dabbling in music and sports. Those stimuli in parallel to the daily routine, in the field of culture, in the house which i was raised, music, culture and pursuit of knowledge became the companions of my teenage and meta-teenage days. Through the influence music had on me, the first steps in the field of culture for me was as a guitarist in several groups. At the age of 18, i graduated the secondary school succeeded in the national exams and entered the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Alongside to this, i started pursuing my independency, therefore i got my self a job at a Statistics Company in the centre of Thessaloniki. After one year at the Statistics Company where i was working either full time either part time i moved to work to the Hellenic International Company of Exhibitions, Fairs and Congresses (TIF-Helexpo). After 6 years working in TIF-Helexpo's in most of the company's sectors and in several other jobs, in 2014, me and my best friend applied for an international project at TIF-Helexpo called ''SAF-Street Art Festival Thessaloniki. SAF was already up and running in the Municipality of Kalamaria at an abandoned military camp. TIF-Helexpo's administration embraced the project and SAF was ready to move on another level. At the same time, i was offered the job of Social Media Coordinator in the Marketing Department of the Company. On September 2015 i achieved to gain a scholarship from the Robert Bosch Stiftung for Cultural Youth Initiatives and SAF was the key to that. Now SAF, stART Program from Robert Bosch Stiftung, music and an MBA are my daily routine. For what's more to come i don't know but i am waiting for it.
Ioannis Alexandros Marantelos