The publication Holding on to our freedom is the result of the second Central European Forum, which was held from 5 to 6 November 2010 at the Pavol Országh-Hviezdoslav Theatre in Bratislava. This conference was organised by the non-profit Project Forum as the continuation of the first one, which took place in 2009 and marked the anniversary of the Velvet Revolution.
In 2010 the Central European Forum focused on the diminishing freedom in Central Europe and the temptation of Central European societies to abandon critical thinking. The invited international speakers included sociologists Zygmunt Bauman and Carl Offe, the writers Franzobel, Laurent Binet, Jáchym Topol, György Dragomán, Mircea Cartarescu, Irena Brežná, Martin C.Putna and Slavenka Dragulić, the journalists Adam Michnik, Marcia Pally and Andrei Dynko. In public panels they discussed the Roma issue, the twilight of politics, the role of Central Europe in the past and future of a multi-polar world and the experiences of being a dissident on the example of Natalia Gorbanevskaya and Viktor Faynberg. Together with six other Soviet citizens the two of them dared to protest against the invasion of Czechoslovakia on 25 August 1968.