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Star-studded panels of judges for the FxEctive Factor

Star-studded panels of judges for the FxEctive Factor

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As many of you know already, VegfestUK are bringing alive creative, peaceful vegan education at our Brighton show with the FxEctive Factor showcasing music and vegan activism to an audience eager for tips on effective and engaging vegan advocacy.


Further good news is that we have now got on board a star-studded array of judges to not only judge, but also provide encouragement and suggestions for, our talented group of entrants for this year’s inaugural feature! Judges include:

  • Anneka Svenska (vegan TV presenter)
  • Alex Walker (vegan male model)
  • Jake Yapp (vegan comedian)
  • Tim Shieff (vegan professional English Freerunner)
  • Dr. Will Tuttle (The World Peace Diet)
  • Dr. Casey Taft (Vegan Publishers)


The FxEctive Factor will be presented by Karin Ridgers from VeggieVision alongside show organiser Tim Barford.



Judging panel for the Music section

Anneka Svenska

Anneka Svenska is a UK Wildlife & Vegan TV Presenter who is also known as ‘The Little Green Angel’. Anneka’s production team ‘Green World TV’ can be seen filming VegFestUK every festival speaking to the public and finding out what is ticking in the world of Veganism.

When Anneka is not filming VegFest UK, she is filming wildlife crime, animal protests and wildlife conservation. Her Green World TV motto ‘We have the power inside to change the world’. Providing a voice for the voiceless and TV shows for charities and causes which otherwise would struggle to get media attention.

This year Anneka has filmed alongside Chris Packham, Bill Oddie, Nigel Marven, Virginia McKenna, Noel Fitzpatrick and Steve Backshall, as well as vegan shorts with Viva!, Jill Robinson, Veganuary, Born Free’s Will Travers and Animal Aid.

Anneka is the Founder of the non-profit animal and environmental organisation ‘Angels for the Innocent Foundation’. ( Anneka also co-founded dog rescue charity K-9 Angels in 2011.

Anneka is one of the main writers for Barefoot Vegan Magazine, Vegfest Express, Veganuary as well as being an online blogger for The Eden Channel and a contributing writer to K9 Magazine and Dogs Today.

Anneka is known for her healthy Vegan lifestyle which encompasses gentle and safe exercise such as Pilates & Yoga alongside a healthy Vegan Juicing / Smoothie Diet with raw foods. Anneka heads up the juicing section on the Recipe Club for charity Viva! ( and is also the official Vlogger for Veganuary ( as well as blogging via her own Green Eco website: ‘Anneka’s Green World’ ( covering animal rescue, wildlife charity’s campaigns.


Alex Walker

Alex has been a model for a decade and featured in GQ Magazine, Calvin Klein and the current Remington campaign. He made the decision to become vegan almost 3 years ago initially for health reasons. However, once he adopted this lifestyle he soon made the connection with animals, realised the benefits for the environment and is now a massive advocate of living this compassionate way of life.

Veganism and healthy eating is a way of life for Alex combined with regular Yoga practice, he only eats Organic foods with his diet being predominately raw. He is currently filming a library of courses online containing super simple vegan cooking tips, recipes and a step by step video tutorial that people can access free through his social media and blog. 


Jake Yapp

Jake is a writer, composer and comedian, with writing and performing credits including Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Charlie Brooker’s Weekly Wipe on BBC2, and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown. 

As well as television, Jake spent three years working on the 6Music Breakfast Show, writing, performing and producing hourly songs and sketches. He also wrote and performed Pleased to Meet You for BBC Radio 4Extra, in which he played a little old lady called Dora Dale. Who was pretty fruity.

His online clip ‘Radio 4 in 4 Minutes’ has attracted nearly 100,000 views, and, inexplicably, resulted in appearances on Feedback and Broadcasting House.

He’s a committed vegan of three years’ standing. Although mostly lying down. He mainly eats coconut oil. 


Judging panel for the Activism section

Tim Shieff

Timothy "Livewire" Shieff is a professional English Freerunner. He is best known for winning the 2009 Barclaycard World Freerun Championship and participating on the television programme MTV's Ultimate Parkour Challenge. Shieff uses the nickname Livewire while performing freerunning. In 2011 and 2012 he appeared in the televised American Ninja Warrior competition, and in 2014 he appeared on a special "USA vs. The World" edition of American Ninja Warrior, where he helped lead Team Europe to victory over Team USA and Team Japan.


Dr. Casey Taft

Dr. Casey Taft is Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine and co-owner of a vegan-themed publishing company, Vegan Publishers. He is an internationally recognized researcher in the areas of trauma, family communication, and violence prevention, winning prestigious awards for his work from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, the Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He has published over 100 journal articles, book chapters, and scientific reports, and is editor on several academic journals.

Dr. Taft has chaired an American Psychological Association task force on trauma in the military and has consulted with the United Nations on preventing violence and abuse globally. He sees the prevention of violence towards animals as a natural extension of this work. Dr. Taft has recently authored "Helping Others Help Animals" and a forthcoming violence prevention book to be published by the American Psychological Association. 


Dr. Will Tuttle

Dr. Will Tuttle, visionary author, educator, and inspirational speaker, has presented widely throughout North America, Europe, and the Pacific. Author of the acclaimed Amazon #1 best-seller The World Peace Diet, which has been published in over 15 languages, he is a recipient of the Courage of Conscience Award as well as the Empty Cages Prize. The creator of several wellness and advocacy training programs, he is also co-creator of VeganPalooza, the largest online vegan event. The editor of a recent book on the intersectionality of social justice issues, Circles of Compassion: Connecting Issues of Justice, he is also the co-founder of the non-profit Circle of Compassion and the Worldwide Prayer Circle for Animals. A vegan since 1980, he is a frequent radio, television, and online presenter and writer. He is featured in the acclaimed documentary film Cowspiracy as we as the documentary Animals and the Buddha. 

Dr. Tuttle’s Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, focused on educating intuition and altruism in adults, and he has taught college courses in creativity, humanities, mythology, religion, and philosophy. A former Zen monk and a Dharma Master in the Korean Zen tradition, he has created eight CD albums of uplifting original piano music. With his spouse Madeleine, a Swiss visionary artist, he presents over 100 lectures, workshops, and concerts annually at college campuses, spiritual centers, conferences, and peace, social justice, animal protection, health, and environmental gatherings. 


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