Central European Forum 2016 / Programme

CENTRAL EUROPEAN FORUM 2016

ANTIDOTES TO DESPAIR

PROGRAMME

Bratislava – Astorka/Korzo’90 Theatre and Old Market Hall

Banská Bystrica

Foto: Peter Župník

Photo: Peter Župník

FRIDAY, 11 NOVEMBER 2016

Astorka-Korzo’90 Theatre

17:00  The politics of Hope (Opening)

Andrej Kiska, President of the Slovak Republic

Dana Němcová (Czech Republic)

Chris Keulemans (Netherlands)

17:45 The Politics of Interests

What type of threats do the interests of undemocratic powers pose to us?

How much internal resistance can Europe, particularly Central Europe, offer?

Peter Pomerantsev (UK) – Ilija Trojanow (Germany). Moderator: Natalie Nougayrède (France/UK)

19:35 European Citizens – Between Forgetting and Understanding

Pavel Tychtl (European Commission, Belgium)

20:00 A Clash of Freedoms

Does the influx of foreigners really represent a threat to the European understanding of freedom? If so, what can Europe do about this threat?

Dubravka Ugrešić (Croatia/Netherlands) – Jan-Werner Müller (Germany) – Gilles Kepel (France). Moderator Michal Havran (Slovakia)

SATURDAY, 12 NOVEMBER 2016

Astorka-Korzo’90 Theatre

10:30 White God 

A screening of Kornél Mundruczó’s film followed by a discussion with the authors. Moderator: Tony Curzon Price (UK)

13:00 Transformation

Why does the present-day revolt against the system draw on ideas of the past? Where does the extreme right wing electorate come from? How does frustration change into fascism? What has made fascism trendy in the West and the East?

Aspen Brinton (US) – Oľga Gyárfášová (Slovakia) – Roger Griffin (UK) – Kornél Mundruczó (Hungary). Moderator: Martin M. Šimečka (Slovakia)

Old Market Hall/Dobré Dobre

17:00 Europe in Sepia

A reading by Dubravka Ugrešić, followed by discussion with Michal Havran.

SUNDAY, 13. NOVEMBER 2016

Astorka-Korzo’90 Theatre

14:30 Trapped by Panic

If the current liberal democratic order is failing, is there something new emerging somewhere else?

Marie-Claude Souaid (Lebanon) – Nick Cohen (UK) – Jacques Rupnik (France) – Sławomir Sierakowski (Poland). Moderator: Chris Keulemans (Netherlands)

16:45 Visegrad Engulfed by Nihilism

What are the mental boundaries between Europe’s East and West? Are they gradually being erased or have they shifted elsewhere? What is the contribution of our part of the world?

Irena Brežná (Switzerland/Slovakia) – Grażyna Plebanek (Poland/Belgium) – Tibor Dessewffy (Hungary) – Michael Žantovský (Czech Republic). Moderator: Jana Starek (Austria)

Foto: East West Center Sarajevo

Photo: East West Center Sarajevo

Old Market Hall

19:00 What Would You Give Your Life For?  

A theatre project by Haris Pašović (Bosnia).

Co-produced by the East West Center Sarajevo, Bosnian National Theatre Zenica and the Promena and Ujvidéki Szinház Novi Sad theatres.

MONDAY 14 NOVEMBER 2016

Záhrada, Centrum nezávislej kultúry (The Garden, Centre for Independent Culture)

Námestie SNP 16, Banská Bystrica

19:00 Is There a Grass-roots Europe?

The surge of revolt against global capitalism in Europe includes a revolt against the European Union. If Brussels has become a symbol of the alienation of politics, what is the alternative for a common Europe? Does an authentic European civil society exist?

Thierry Chervel – Anna Gács – Niccolò Milanese – Chris Keulemans. Moderator: Michal Havran

FRIDAY 18 NOVEMBER

Divadlo Štúdio tanca (Dance Studio Theatre) 

Komenského Street 12, Banská Bystrica

19:00 A Hope for Liquid Europe 

The younger generation as seen by Zygmunt Bauman.

Alexandra Jasinska Kania – Zygmunt Bauman. Moderator: Martin M. Šimečka