Ricarda Ciontos – Artistic Director and General Manager

Ricarda Ciontos, born in 1968 in Sibiu, Romania, came to Heidelberg in 1978. She studied at the College of Music and the Performing Arts in Saarbrücken. Ciontos lived and worked as an actress in Vienna, Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Bochum and Bucharest. She has lived in Berlin since 2002. In 2006, she founded NORDWIND festival, which quickly grew into an important platform for the Nordic arts in Europe. Apart from NORDWIND, she also worked as a curator and producer with Future Perfect Productions. She also teaches and is a mentor in the PAP – Performing Arts Programme Berlin and at the Viadrina University in Frankfurt/Oder.

Kerstin Henky – Production Management 

Kerstin Henky studied cultural and media management at the Hamburg University of Music and Theatre and works between the performing arts, film, music and political education. She loves to keep all the organizational strands together so that art and culture are freely possible. Stages in her work included brut Vienna and goEast film festival Wiesbaden. Since 2015, she has also been campaigning against discrimination and for the accessibility of culture. Most recently, as part of the collective My Body Is Not Your Porn, she organized a social hackathon against sexism and sexualized violence at festivals. For Nordwind 2021, Kerstin takes over the production management.