FORUM ON EUROPEAN CULTURE
17 - 20 September 2020 | Amsterdam

Forum on European Culture postponed

Due to the extremely exceptional COVID-19 circumstances worldwide, we have decided to postpone our Forum on European Culture.

We are moving mountains to reschedule our festival to 17 – 20 September 2020. Our contributors, founding and funding partners are excited to make it an unforgettable end-of-summer-event. We very much appreciate everyone’s understanding.

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Opening lecture & music act: We, The People!

De Balie | Grote Zaal

Is there more that binds us together than holds us apart? Internationally acclaimed writer Orlando Figes opens the Forum on European Culture.

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Opening Performance: The Suppliants

Vondelpark Openlucht Theater

The European premiere of the international theatrical performance The Suppliants tells the timeless story of fifty female refugees seeking asylum from forced marriage and domestic violence.

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What’s cooking in Europe?

De Balie | Grote Zaal

What we eat, we become. With Europe’s most acclaimed chefs we explore European identity by looking at what’s on our plate every day. With, among others, world-famous chefs Joris Bijdendijk (The Netherlands, Rijks, Amsterdam) and Claudia Roden (United Kingdom, culinary writer).

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Change is in our hands

De Balie | Grote Zaal

Since June 2019, Company New Heroes has been travelling to various countries with the aim of gaining new perspectives on the state of democracy today. Now, they set their sights on the Forum on European Culture.

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Power to the People!

De Balie | Grote Zaal

Tonight, leaders of Europe’s most important protest movement come together to discuss activism, strategies and giving a voice to Europe’s people. With, among others: Benjamin Roll (Czechia, Million Moments for Democracy) and Clare Farrell (United Kingdom, Extinction Rebellion).

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Afropeans

De Balie | Salon

An often invisible part of Europe’s cultural life is revealed and celebrated  by the British author and broadcaster Johny Pitts’ through his book Afropean (2018) and his eponymous online journal.

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Who gets Europe?

De Balie | Grote Zaal

Ardent Brexiteer vs left-wing activist. Best-selling conservative author and journalist at The Spectator, Douglas Murray believes that Europeans bring about their own demise. Flavia Kleiner, a political activist who successfully countered nationalist-populism in her native Switzerland, disagrees.

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Change is in our hands

Frascati

Since June 2019, Company New Heroes has been travelling to various countries with the aim of gaining new perspectives on the state of democracy today. Now, they set their sights on the Forum on European Culture.

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An Outsider’s Perspective

De Balie | Grote Zaal

What will our neighbours say? A unique panel with leading thinkers and artists from Asia, America, and Africa explore Europe’s common identity and its current and future standing on the global stage.

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American lessons for a polarised Europe

Aula UvA, Singel 411

American sociologist Robert Putnam believes the US has historically developed from an individualistic to a cooperative society and back. What lessons should Americans draw from their past to unify their country today and what can today’s fragmented Europe learn from this? A conversation with Robert Putnam.

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Grasping the European deplorables

Frascati

Drawing on his best-selling autobiography Return to Reims, acclaimed French philosopher and author Didier Eribon sheds his light on the public support in his native country France for Marine Le Pen’s Rassemblement National party and the gilets jaunes movement.

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Football: The People’s Game

De Balie | Grote Zaal

Together with sportswriters David Goldblatt and Simon Kuper and outspoken (ex-)professionals, we address football’s uncomfortable relationship with nationalism and xenophobia before recognizing its potential to bring people closer together.

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The Suppliants

De Balie | Grote Zaal

The European premiere of the international theatrical performance The Suppliants tells the timeless story of fifty female refugees seeking asylum from forced marriage and domestic violence.

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Civic Council – Talks across Europe

De Balie | Grote Zaal

Leading international artists and thinkers discuss with local citizens in Palermo, Warsaw, and Amsterdam whether a European cultural identity or demos exists and what what should be done for our pan-European democracy and policymaking. On 7 June, the final day of the Forum on European Culture, the contributors will take the stage to present for all Europeans their concrete recommendations like only artists can.

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