The 4th edition of this Forum focuses on the meaning and future of democracy in Europe. Since the aggressive and imperialistic war in Ukraine, it has become more and more clear that democracy is no longer an abstract self-evidence, but a fragile construction under pressure. How does Europe deal with technological developments, its history of colonialism, imperialism and autocratic influences? And if Europe wants to be a democracy, what actions are needed? De Balie brings together artists, activists and intellectuals to explore democracy as a cultural rather than a political expression.
From 25 May until 4 June
As part of the Forum on European Culture, De Balie will exhibit a wrecked Russian tank on Leidseplein in Amsterdam, as a symbol of the fragility and resilience of democracy in Europe.
From 1 June until 4 June
Land of Plenty raises questions about social participation by asking them. A series of interviews as an artistic invention that scratch where it hurts.
From 31 May until 1 July
Antonis Pittas’ work touches upon a range of ideas that move us politically, socially and culturally.
De Balie has put together a special Forum on European film programme, in line with the themes and topics of it’s various programme.