Central European Forum 2014: Us and Them

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The sixth edition of Central European Forum, a unique international discussion project that brings together leading political and cultural thinkers, takes place in Bratislava, at Studio L+S, from 14 to 17 November 2014, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution.

Central European Forum is a space for public discussion, dialogue and formulation of the most pressing political and social issues of the day. This year’s headline “Us and Them” speaks to the entrenched polarisation within our societies. The problem concerns Central and Eastern Europe as well as countries further west. Twenty-five years after gaining political and economic freedom, our societies are divided, to the point that there is seemingly nothing to hold them together. Our institutions, our public services – our public life – seem paralysed by this division. The aim of this year’s Central European Forum is to dissect the nature and implications of this phenomenon, also in the context of the crisis in Ukraine, and the emergence of a more aggressive Russia.

Speakers at this year’s Forum include, among others, influential political scientist Ivan Krastev, renowned Ukrainian author Oksana Zabuzhko, acclaimed German writer Ingo Schulze, Hungarian historian and author György Dalos, Czech philosopher Václav Bělohradský, Polish writer Jacek Dehnel, American political scientist Mitchell Cohen, Serbian playwright Biljana Srbljanović, the founder of the famous East West Company theatre Haris Pasović, reputable French sociologist Gilles Lipovetsky, diplomat and strategic thinker Sir Robert Francis Cooper, or Fatos Lubonja, a long-time prisoner of conscience and one of the most translated Albanian writers. Many of the panelists will come to Slovakia for the very first time.

On Sunday, November 16, Belarus Free Theatre, prohibited by the Lukashenko regime, will perform their acknowledged play “Discover Love”, rated as best performance at Off-Off Broadway by Independent Association of Theatre Bloggers.

For the detailed programme, have a look here.