Benedikt Lika (* 1982 in Munich ) is a German conductor , local politician ( CSU ) and inclusion activist .
Lika comes from a musical family, his father is the concert and opera singer Peter Lika , his brother Maximilian has also attracted international attention as a concert and lied singer. Benedikt Lika attended the musical high school with St. Stephan in Augsburg and was a member of the Augsburg Cathedral Boys' Choir and solo timpanist in the symphony orchestra of his high school. After graduating from high school, he studied musicology, music education and art history. He attended master classes in conducting and has been a conductor since 2007.
Benedikt Lika was born with the rare genetic defect mucopolysaccharidosis . He is short and sits in a wheelchair. He was artistic director and conductor of the Augsburg social and cultural concert festival "Roll and Walk". The aim of this festival is to enable people with disabilities to participate in culture and to sensitize society to the issues and realities of life of people with disabilities. The prerequisites for this are barrier-free performance locations, free entry for people with disabilities, and no regulation of the number of wheelchair spaces. The concerts also take place in social institutions in order to open them up to society and thus enable direct and indirect exchange. Artists with disabilities will also be given a podium within the festival.
Since 2010, he has also been politically committed to the issues of "inclusion" and the implementation of the UN Disability Rights Convention at both local and regional level. At the event “People with Disabilities in the German Bundestag” in October 2012, he was elected spokesman for the “Work and Social Affairs” committee. Since then he has been in regular contact with the Union parliamentary group in the Bundestag and is regularly invited to events on the subject of inclusion there. In the 2014 local election campaign , Benedikt Lika won 34,608 votes for the CSU Augsburg and jumped from 35th to 8th place. He is therefore Augsburg City Councilor for the 2014-2020 legislative period. In the local elections in 2020, where he took place 27 out of 60 on the list, he received 35,787 votes and thus moved back to the city council of Augsburg.
- ↑ City Council election 2020. Accessed March 17, 2020 .
- ^ Benedikt Lika - City Council. Retrieved March 17, 2020 .
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||German conductor, politician (CSU) and inclusion activist|
|DATE OF BIRTH||1982|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Munich|