Central European Forum

The Central European Forum, a platform for high-profile debates on current issues regarding Central and Eastern Europe, is coming to its third cycle this year. It started in 2009 under the patronage of the former president of the Czech Republic, Václav Havel, to mark the 20th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution.

Central European Forum

Taking place from 16-19 November 2011 in Bratislava and open to the public, this year’s forum will present again around thirty distinguished international speakers, who will lead four panels grouped under the common theme “The End of Future”.

Panellists like Ivan Krastev, Jeremy Rifkin, Iveta Radičová, Karel Swarzenberg, Jonathan Franzen, Daniel Cohn-Bendit, Michael Hvorecký and Hanna Krall will discuss the overwhelming sense of uncertainty that penetrates contemporary political and economic debates in and outside Europe. Economic crises, unexpected political upheavals, fast shifts of power on the international arena are making it very difficult to find solutions that benefit the future of Europe. Thus, keeping the discourse alive is an important aspect leading to possible new ways to avoid such a prospect of a bleak future.

Parallel to the discussions there will be the photo exhibition “Tracks” by Peter Župnik as well as an evening screening of the Oscar-nominated film “As if I am not there”, based on a book by Slavenka Drakulić, who will be present.

ERSTE Foundation is main partner of Central European Forum, whose primary goal is to use the end of communism to engage in a serious and open-minded debate that will have a lasting, positive effect on the discourse in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe.

Photo: ‘Havel with Heart’ © CEF