The Velvet Revolution and its children
Martin Bútora talks with Dessy Gavrilova at the Vienna Humanities Festival 2017.
In the autumn of 1989, the Velvet Revolution put an end to the communist regime in Czechoslovakia. Its triumphant spread to neighboring countries seemed to pronounce the end of history. But was the promise of 1989 ever fulfilled? And if so, why are so many democracies in Central and Eastern Europe currently failing?
Cover picture: Young Czechoslovak people wave from a tramway in support of Vaclav Havel for presidency during protest rally 17 December 1989 near Wenceslas Square in Prague.Photo: © Lubomir Kotek / AFP / picturedesk.com
Vienna Humanities Festival
The Vienna Humanities Festival, organised by the IWM, Wien Museum and Time to Talk, is a series of around 40 Events (in German and English) which took place from 22 till 24 September 2017 for the second time at the Wien Museum, TU Wien, Evangelische Volksschule and Radiokulturhaus.
The topic of 2017 “Revolution!” ranged from Russia in 1917, the 1968 movement and the Fall in 1989, to the most recent upheavals in the Arab countries and in the Ukraine.