FORUM ON EUROPEAN CULTURE
17 - 20 September 2020 | Amsterdam

Visit & watch Forum on European Culture 2020

We are very excited to announce the third edition of Forum on European Culture. Now more than ever, we need the power of artists and thinkers to imagine a better future for Europe.

This year the theme is “We, The People” and we’ve got an incredible line-up of guests and programmes. Buy your tickets now for the festival 17 – 20 September, or watch our programmes online.

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Exhibition – The Europeans

De Balie | Upper Foyer

In their ten-year project “The Europeans (2019-2029)” inspired by Henri Cartier-Bresson (Les Européens, 1955), photographer Rob Hornstra and writer-filmmaker Arnold van Bruggen set out to create a contemporary, kaleidoscopic time-piece on the European Heartland.

Free entry

Civic Council – Talks Across Europe

Leading international artists and thinkers discuss with local citizens in Amsterdam, Warsaw and  Palermo what kind of European cultural identity or demos we need as a necessary foundation for a pan-European democracy. On September 17 and September 18, we will kick off these sessions during the Forum on European Culture. We will start a digital discussion with Europeans from widely differing backgrounds.

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Opening: We, The People!

Internationaal Theater Amsterdam

Will the global Covid-19 crisis diminish European solidarity? Or is there more that binds us together than holds us apart?

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Figures of Freedom

De Balie | Upper Foyer

Exactly 1041 small “Dream Mauerspringers” will be displayed together in the upper foyer of deBalie, representing the total number of people that drowned when crossing the Mediterranean in 2019.

Free entry

This is What We Know about Your Future

De Balie | Grote Zaal

​Two prominent European thinkers, the Italian writer Francesca Melandri (who wrote this letter from Italy to the UK in March) and British journalist for the Financial Times Gideon Rachman share their knowledge about Europe’s future.

Change is in our hands

IJburg College | Aula

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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Fair International Cultural Cooperation – Language.

Boom Chicago | Grote Zaal

How can international cultural cooperation be organised in a way that is fair with respect to (differences in) language? An expert meeting addresses this question during Forum on European Culture.

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Power to the People!

De Balie | Grote Zaal
This evening, leaders of Europe’s most important protest movements converge on De Balie to discuss activism, strategies and giving a voice to Europe’s people. With, among others: Priscillia Ludosky (France, Yellow Vests), Benjamin Roll, (Czechia, Million Moments for Democracy), Mattia Santori (Italy, Sardine movement) and Clare Farrell (United Kingdom, Extinction Rebellion).
The programme will be moderated by Sophie Derkzen.

A Conversation with: Orlando Figes

Online Event

If salons, travel guides, print books, opera houses and an emerging train network brought Europeans closer together in the 19th century, what cultural forces drive the same dynamic in our present day?

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The State of European Literature

Aula UvA, Singel 411

Essayist, historian and novelist Philipp Blom delivers the first State of European Literature, an annual lecture about the significance of literature for Europe today.

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Afropean

Foam

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.

Johny Pitts – Afropean: Travels in Black Europe

Foam

An often invisible and silenced part of Europe’s cultural life is revealed and celebrated by the photography of Sheffield-born Johny Pitts. The Forum on European Culture welcomes a special selection of photos taken on his journey through Europe. The exhibition takes place at Foam in Amsterdam – from September 18 until November 1.

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.

European Literature Night 2020

Brakke Grond

​​The European Literature Night, a EUNIC Netherlands project, brings together both celebrated authors and promising literary talents from all over Europe. It is a space for exploration, for understanding differences and recognizing similarities, reimagining ‘Europeanness’ for both authors and audiences. This year’s theme is ‘Literature, the Antidote’.

The Suppliants

Tolhuistuin | Tuin

During the Forum on European Culture we present the European premiere of The Suppliants (Smekelingen). The classic tragedy of Aeschylos, translated by Hafid Bouazza and recited by actors Gijs Scholten van AsschatHans Croiset and Jochum ten Haaf. With traditional Kurdish singing by a women’s choir. A modern interpretation of an ancient story.

Beeldbepalers: Charl Landvreugd – The Utopia of the Normal Space

Brakke Grond

Is it possible to create a space in which ethnicity, gender, class, sexuality and social background have no influence on the perception of someone’s behaviour? 

Football: The People’s Game

De Balie | Grote Zaal

Together with former England international Eniola Aluko, street pro legend and social entrepreneur Rocky Hehakaija and football historians David Goldblatt and Simon Kuper, we address football’s uncomfortable relationship with nationalism and racism before recognizing its potential to bring people closer together.

The Suppliants

Tolhuistuin | Tuin

During the Forum on European Culture we present the European premiere of The Suppliants (Smekelingen). The classic tragedy of Aeschylos, translated by Hafid Bouazza and recited by actors Gijs Scholten van Asschat, Hans Croiset and Jochum ten Haaf. With traditional Kurdish singing by a women’s choir. A modern interpretation of an ancient story.

An Outsider’s Perspective

Online Event

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.

Online

Today’s European Cinema: A Female Perspective

De Balie | Grote Zaal

​For a long time international film was a mostly male-dominated industry. During this programme we look at today’s European cinema through the eyes prominent European directors amongst which Ena Sendijarevic (Take me somewhere nice) and Basje Boer (De Groene Amsterdammer)

A Conversation with Noreena Hertz

Online Event

If there’s one thing we learned over the past few months, it’s that many of us are very able to be simultaneously hyper-connected and lonelier than ever. Here to diagnose this strange conundrum with us is sharp-witted British economist Noreena Hertz.

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