CENTRAL EUROPEAN FORUM 2016
ANTIDOTES TO DESPAIR
Bratislava – Astorka/Korzo’90 Theatre and Old Market Hall
FRIDAY, 11 NOVEMBER 2016
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
10:30 White God
A screening of Kornél Mundruczó’s film followed by a discussion with the authors. Moderator: Tony Curzon Price (UK)
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
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)
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