Festival of Democracy

Accompanying Program of the Forum 2000 Conference

While there will be discussions underway on the topic of strengthening democracy in uncertain times at the Žofín Palace and Goethe-Institut, Forum 2000 will also offer an additional program. The Festival of Democracy will take place in Prague, in other cities around the Czech Republic, and in some surrounding countries from October 5 – 10, 2017 and will feature over 80 discussions, film screenings, workshops, exhibitions, and concerts.

All entries are free of charge.

“The mission of the festival is to celebrate civic activity as the cornerstone of a free and democratic society. We want to inspire a public debate about the citizens’ co-responsibility for society, tolerance, and respect for human rights, the world we want to live in, and democracy. We want to reflect on the challenges for our future and we are extremely pleased that so many other organizations that share these values have joined us,” stated Jakub Klepal, the Executive Director of the Forum 2000 Foundation.

The Festival of Democracy culminates with “Festival Monday” on October 9, 2017 in Václav Havel Square (piazza of the National Theatre). Three dozen non-profit organizations, including the Forum 2000 Foundation, will present their activities, and visitors can buy refreshments at the food and drink stands.

As part of the program provided in cooperation with the Linhart Foundation, there will be musical performances by The Turpentine Ray (US / UK / CZ), Johannes Benz (CZ), Ille (CZ), Justin Lavash (UK), and the dissident band Porno Para Ricardo (Cuba).

You will hear stand-up comedy from The School of Improvisation, experience an author reading by Flog.cz, and witness a masked satirical parade by The Velvet Carnival. Democracy 21 will introduce their electoral system, and the Linhart Foundation will open an exclusive photographic exhibition on the life and legacy of the Dalai Lama.

Out of more than 80 events and many of them in English. Here are a few highlights of the English-language program:

October 6, 6:30pm-8:00pm (Café des Taxis, Anglo-American University) The Momentum that Right-wing Extremism is Gaining Across Europe and the United States in cooperation with the Diplomatic Club of the Anglo-American University)

October 9, 2:30pm-4:00pm (Václav Havel Library), Disinformation, Populism vs. Fact Checking in cooperation with the Association for International Affairs (Participants: Emine Džepar, Deputy Minister of Information, Ukraine; Maria Ždanova, StopFake; Benedikt Vangeli, Head of the Center for Combat Against Terrorism and Hybrid Threats, Czech Ministry of Interior)

October 9, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm (Cinema 64 U Hradeb) Not a Useful Artist – a vernissage and press conference on the exhibition of independent Cuban art (Participants: Gorki Aquila, Hamlet Lavastida & Luis Trapaga, artists and activists from Cuba)

October 9, 1:30pm-3:00 pm (European House) Staying Honest: Reporting the Truth – in cooperation with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (Participants: Natalia Churikova, Journalist, Ukrainian Service, RFE/RL; Dragan Stavljanin, Journalist, Balkan Service, RFE/RL; Kiryl Sukhotski, Executive Editor for News, Current Time, RFE/RL)

October 10, 10:30 am – 12:00pm (European House) (Under)Pressure – in cooperation with the Center for Contemporary Art DOX (Participants: Filip Láb, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University; Dario Boso, Artistic Director, DARST Projects; Nedim Dervisbegovic, RFE/RL and Todd Nesbitt, UNYP)

October 10, 5:00pm – 6:30pm (Cevro Institut) Democracy at War: The Twisted Image of Israel in Western Democracies (Participants: Alexander Vondra, former Minister of Defense of the Czech Republic & Director of the Prague Center for Transatlantic Relations; Joshua Muravchik, researcher, World Affairs Institute, USA; Amichai Magen, Diplomatic and Conflict Studies, The Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya, Israel; Dan Schueftan, Director & Head of the National Security Studies Center, University of Haifa, Israel)

The main partner of the Festival of Democracy, the Linhart Foundation, has also prepared The Democracy Zone—an introductory project of the new regular cycle of debates on Art and Democracy—which will take place on October 6 – 7, 2017 in the Experimental Space NoD. “Its name but also its focus are loosely linked to the legendary Linhart Foundation's Totalitarian Zone, which took place exactly 27 years ago under ‘Stalin’ in Letná. It was a multi-day festival of independent culture, including, among other things, a pirate broadcasting of the Stalin Radio, which later gave birth to the well-known Radio 1,” says the director of the foundation, Magdaléna Lišková. In the Democracy Zone, artists, authors, politicians, and art experts will perform in the context of political development in the Czech Republic. You can find the detailed program of the Democracy Zone at www.linhartovanadace.cz.

For more information and a complete program for the Festival of Democracy, visit www.forum2000.cz/fedem. We thank all of our partners for their support, cooperation, and the provided event venues. We look forward to seeing all of our guests and visitors.

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