Series of events on (un-) freedom in Europe





Around his production of THE HAMLET MACHINE, director Oliver Frljić and the philosopher and activist Srećko Horvat create a two-month interdisciplinary programme on Europe in the 20th and 21st centuries. The series of the Burgtheater events EUROPE MACHINE deals with the continent’s violent history and disturbing present across all genres – but not least with its positive perspectives. In various formats – discussions, readings, film screenings, performances and a conference – numerous guests from literature, science, art, and journalism will be invited to develop ideas for the future from a critical analysis of the past.

Curated by: Oliver Frljić and Srećko Horvat

Dramaturgy: Rita Czapka and Sebastian Huber

Project lead: Tobias Herzberg

An event of Burgtheater in cooperation with Kunsthalle WienBrunnenpassageFilmmuseumWIENER WORTSTAETTEN. Supported by ERSTE Stiftung and RD Foundation.

Florian Bauer

Director Social Finance, Sustainability and Innovation
Since 2023, Florian Bauer has been responsible for social finance, sustainability and social innovation at ERSTE Foundation. Prior to this role, Florian worked in the NGO & Social Entrepreneurship sector for more than 13 years. He led the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), an international multilateral NGO that works to accelerate market-based deployment of renewable energy and energy efficient systems in developing countries, and was Managing Director & COO of the Impact Hub Vienna. From 2020-2023, Florian established strategic alliances with key partners and helped to create innovative semantic technology solutions at Semantic Web Company (SWC), a leading IT company in semantic AI solutions.