FORUM ON EUROPEAN CULTURE
An initiative by DutchCulture & De Balie

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  • Jude Law
  • Chantal Mouffe
  • Rem Koolhaas
  • Benjamin Barber
  • Monic Hendrickx
  • Ulrich Seidl
  • Lars Eidinger
  • Marlene Dumas
  • Marjolijn van Heemstra
  • Tiit Ojasoo & Ene-Liis Semper
  • Tinneke Beeckman
  • Johan Simons
  • Arnon Grunberg
  • Laurent Binet
  • Milo Rau
  • György Konrád
  • Philipp Blom
  • Diederik Samsom
  • Ivo van Hove
  • Slavenka Drakulić
  • Joan Nederlof
  • Frank Furedi
  • Larry Siedentop
  • Jan Dibbets
  • Thijs Broer
  • Tom Holland
  • Ruth Mackenzie
  • Paul Scheffer
  • Roeland Hofman
  • Luc Tuymans
  • Vincent Stuer
  • Luuk van Middelaar
  • Rüdiger Safranski
  • Jet Bussemaker
  • Quirijn Bolle
  • Albert Jan Kruiter
  • Tom Lanoye
  • Engin Önder
  • Ulrike Guérot
  • Claudy Jongstra
  • Aslı Çiçek
  • Beatrix Ruf
  • Vasyl Cherepanyn
  • Flavia Kleiner
  • Wolfgang Tillmans
  • Ryan Heath
  • Myriam Sahraoui
  • Ivana Abramovic
  • Frank Westerman
  • Kishore Mahbubani
  • Rudi Fuchs
  • Niklas Maak
  • Heiko Goelzer
  • Duncan Stutterheim
  • Diederick Koopal
  • Peter Ho
  • Bettine Vriesekoop
  • Abdelkader Benali
  • Wende
  • Lukasz Kolinski
  • Gerben Hellinga
  • Astrid du Lau d’Allemans
  • Ignacio Evangelista
  • Jurriaan Benschop
  • Pieter Kool
  • Jaïr Stranders
  • Bonne Reijn
  • Bo Tarenskeen
  • Joeri Jansen
  • Angela Richter
  • Norbert Bisky
  • Mathieu Segers
  • Flo Kasearu
  • Ingo Niermann
  • Dries Verhoeven
  • Stella Ghervas
  • Justine Simons
  • Gloria Benedikt
  • Ray Yeates
  • Inne Olders
  • Peter Mensing
  • Phillip Blond
  • Merlijn Twaalfhoven
  • Jonas Staal
  • Jan Raes
  • Ann Demeester
  • Costas Lapavitsas
  • Wayne Modest
  • Yevhen Levchenko
  • Kareem Lotfy
  • Dušan Rodić
  • Barbara Visser
  • Kajsa Ollongren
  • Toneelgroep Amsterdam
  • Stefan Hertmans
  • Lars van den Brink
  • Slawomir Sierakowski
  • Boudewijn Poelmann
  • Ritva Viljanen
  • Vasyl Cherepanyn
  • Abram de Swaan
  • Tomas Vanheste
  • Caroline de Gruyter
  • Sophie in ’t Veld
  • Benno Barnard
  • Sam Samiee
  • Roman Pawlowski
  • Lucas De Man
  • Iryna Vikyrchak
  • Grzegorz Jankowicz
  • Jimmie Durham
  • Yoeri Albrecht
  • Laura Starink
Choose day
  • Wed, 01 Jun
  • Thu, 02 Jun
  • Fri, 03 Jun
Art / History / International Relations / Theatre Toneelgroep Amsterdam / Ivo van Hove / Jude Law / Lars Eidinger / Mathieu Segers / Phillip Blond / Marlene Dumas Wed, 01 Jun DeLaMar Theater - Mary Dresselhuys Zaal

Re:Creating Europe – Official Opening

Join us to experience the highlights of Europe’s past and the visions that have shaped it. In a performance, directed by Ivo van Hove, Europe’s most significant speeches are brought to life by European actors. Reflect with us on Europe’s identity, Europe’s defining moments, and find inspiration for a possible tomorrow.

Contributors: Toneelgroep Amsterdam / Ivo van Hove / Jude Law / Lars Eidinger / Mathieu Segers / Phillip Blond / Marlene Dumas

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International Relations / Politics Benjamin Barber / Ritva Viljanen / Wende / Justine Simons / Ray Yeates Wed, 01 Jun Het Concertgebouw - Kleine Zaal

If Cities Ruled Europe

Wed, 01 Jun • 20:00
Het Concertgebouw - Kleine Zaal

Can Europe’s future be found in the culture of the European city? A debate on the role of the cultural city with Benjamin Barber and Deputy Mayors for Arts and Culture from various European countries.

Contributors: Benjamin Barber / Ritva Viljanen / Wende / Justine Simons / Ray Yeates

Closed Session
Architecture / Art Rem Koolhaas / Luuk van Middelaar / Yoeri Albrecht / Inne Olders / Ingo Niermann / Joeri Jansen / Pieter Kool / Gerben Hellinga / Kishore Mahbubani / Rudi Fuchs / Ivana Abramovic / Wolfgang Tillmans / Flavia Kleiner / Beatrix Ruf / Engin Önder / Tom Lanoye / Vasyl Cherepanyn / Johan Simons / Abram de Swaan / Vincent Stuer / Philipp Blom / Phillip Blond / Luc Tuymans / Jan Raes / Chantal Mouffe / Costas Lapavitsas / Yevhen Levchenko / Larry Siedentop / Astrid du Lau d'Allemans / Lukasz Kolinski / Diederik Samsom / Quirijn Bolle / Aslı Çiçek / Ryan Heath / Ann Demeester / Heiko Goelzer / Niklas Maak / Duncan Stutterheim / Diederick Koopal / Peter Ho / Bettine Vriesekoop / Abdelkader Benali Wed, 01 Jun De Balie - Grote Zaal

1 Night, 12 Hours, 100 Questions – Interview Marathon

Wed, 01 Jun • 18:00
De Balie - Grote Zaal

Architect Rem Koolhaas, political theorist Luuk van Middelaar and De Balie’s director Yoeri Albrecht will conduct a nonstop, 12-hour interview marathon with a list of exciting guests. Within a single night, over the course of 12 hours and armed with 100 questions, Koolhaas & van Middelaar will search for an answer to the complex question: What is Europe?

Contributors: Rem Koolhaas / Luuk van Middelaar / Yoeri Albrecht / Inne Olders / Ingo Niermann / Joeri Jansen / Pieter Kool / Gerben Hellinga / Kishore Mahbubani / Rudi Fuchs / Ivana Abramovic / Wolfgang Tillmans / Flavia Kleiner / Beatrix Ruf / Engin Önder / Tom Lanoye / Vasyl Cherepanyn / Johan Simons / Abram de Swaan / Vincent Stuer / Philipp Blom / Phillip Blond / Luc Tuymans / Jan Raes / Chantal Mouffe / Costas Lapavitsas / Yevhen Levchenko / Larry Siedentop / Astrid du Lau d'Allemans / Lukasz Kolinski / Diederik Samsom / Quirijn Bolle / Aslı Çiçek / Ryan Heath / Ann Demeester / Heiko Goelzer / Niklas Maak / Duncan Stutterheim / Diederick Koopal / Peter Ho / Bettine Vriesekoop / Abdelkader Benali

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History / Journalism / Literature Slavenka Drakulić / Phillip Blond / Paul Scheffer / Vincent Stuer Wed, 01 Jun De Balie - Salon

Nationalism: The Virus That Went Viral

Wed, 01 Jun • 20:30
De Balie - Salon

We are seeing a rise in nationalism throughout all of Europe. Will this mean the end of the European Union? Is nationalism a virus spreading through Europe that must be fought against?

Contributors: Slavenka Drakulić / Phillip Blond / Paul Scheffer / Vincent Stuer

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Art / Curator Lucas De Man Thu, 02 Jun Rijksakademie - 't Schip

Re:Creating Europe. But how? – expert meeting

Thu, 02 Jun • 10:00
Rijksakademie - 't Schip

A young generation of creative European thinkers and makers is converging in Amsterdam. What do they have in common? What do they want to achieve? How will they contribute to shaping tomorrow’s Europe? In a meeting of experts lead by director, presenter, entrepreneur and performer—or as he would rather put it, ‘creator’—Lucas De Man searches for answers.

Contributors: Lucas De Man

Closed Session
Art Vasyl Cherepanyn / Sam Samiee / Kareem Lotfy / Dušan Rodić Thu, 02 Jun Rijksakademie - 't Schip

Europe Through the Eyes of Our Neighbours

Thu, 02 Jun • 15:00
Rijksakademie - 't Schip

When are you Europe’s ‘neighbour’, and when are you European? What does Europe look like through the eyes of artists who, in person and through their art, have crossed the borders of Europe? Old and new neighbours from Eastern Europe, North Africa and the Middle East will discuss the borders of European identity.

Contributors: Vasyl Cherepanyn / Sam Samiee / Kareem Lotfy / Dušan Rodić

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Politics Slawomir Sierakowski / Jonas Staal / Costas Lapavitsas / Angela Richter Thu, 02 Jun De Balie - Grote Zaal

We, the People of Europe

Thu, 02 Jun • 16:30
De Balie - Grote Zaal

In recent years we have witnessed the rise of many civil movements in Europe, ones that circumvent conventional politics. Are these movements capable of transforming the people of Europe into Europeans? And what can culture contribute to the conversation?

Contributors: Slawomir Sierakowski / Jonas Staal / Costas Lapavitsas / Angela Richter

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Art Boudewijn Poelmann / Peter Mensing / Merlijn Twaalfhoven Thu, 02 Jun Het Concertgebouw - Koorzaal

Investing in European Culture

Thu, 02 Jun • 16:30
Het Concertgebouw - Koorzaal

To what degree are civilians and private businesses responsible for stimulating culture and cultural progress in Europe? Boudewijn Poelmann, chairman of the Goede Doelen Loterijen, talks about the value of private investment for Europe.

Contributors: Boudewijn Poelmann / Peter Mensing / Merlijn Twaalfhoven

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Art / Curator / Journalism / Literature Iryna Vikyrchak / Laura Starink / Grzegorz Jankowicz Thu, 02 Jun De Balie - Salon

Writing for Change – Preview #2 Read My World

Thu, 02 Jun • 17:00
De Balie - Salon

Can a writer’s words make a difference in Ukraine and Poland, two of Europe’s fastest changing countries? Together with the two young talented curators of Read My World 2016, journalist Laura Starink discusses the power of literature at Europe’s farthest eastern border.

Contributors: Iryna Vikyrchak / Laura Starink / Grzegorz Jankowicz

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History / Politics / Theatre Tomas Vanheste / Frank Furedi / Tinneke Beeckman / Ulrike Guérot Thu, 02 Jun De Balie - Salon

Europe: Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité?

Thu, 02 Jun • 20:00
De Balie - Salon

How do we relate our own situation to the hard-won democratic principles from 1789? Is a democratic turn—as seen in the times of the French Revolution—imaginable in contemporary Europe?

Contributors: Tomas Vanheste / Frank Furedi / Tinneke Beeckman / Ulrike Guérot

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History / Literature Laurent Binet / Frank Westerman Thu, 02 Jun VondelCS

On the Brink of History – Europe by Laurent Binet

Thu, 02 Jun • 17:00
VondelCS

Together with Laurent Binet, author of the worldwide bestseller HHhH, we travel through the Europe of the last century, analysing the effect of the past’s long shadow on the present day. What is the writer’s responsibility in representing European history?

Contributors: Laurent Binet / Frank Westerman

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Art / Curator / Film / Music / Theatre Ruth Mackenzie / Barbara Visser / Wayne Modest / Jurriaan Benschop / Bonne Reijn / Gloria Benedikt Thu, 02 Jun Het Concertgebouw - Koorzaal

Made in Europe

Thu, 02 Jun • 20:00
Het Concertgebouw - Koorzaal

Which contemporary artworks should we all know when thinking of the impressive, touching, shocking and innovative culture of Europe? Various ‘curators’ present their favourite artworks – new, forgotten, or unknown peaks of European art.

Contributors: Ruth Mackenzie / Barbara Visser / Wayne Modest / Jurriaan Benschop / Bonne Reijn / Gloria Benedikt

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Politics / Theatre Joan Nederlof / Thijs Broer / Albert Jan Kruiter Thu, 02 Jun Melkweg

The European Commissioner – Joan Nederlof, Mugmetdegoudentand

Thu, 02 Jun • 20:00
Melkweg

In ‘The European Commissioner’, actress Joan Nederlof of the theatre group ‘Mugmetdegoudentand’ takes the audience on a humorous journey through the thoughts and tribulations of the fictional European commissioner, Charlotte Hajenius. Is the dream of a democratic, united Europe a feasible one if each and every member state puts its own agenda first?

Contributors: Joan Nederlof / Thijs Broer / Albert Jan Kruiter

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History / Literature / Politics Philipp Blom / Tom Holland / Larry Siedentop / Stella Ghervas / Mathieu Segers Thu, 02 Jun De Balie - Grote Zaal

Re:Thinking Europe – An Anthology

Thu, 02 Jun • 20:30
De Balie - Grote Zaal

What is Europe? This question is ever more pressing, as present day Europe wallows in crisis—its deepest since the process of European integration took off in the 1950s. This current state of affairs sets the stage for the anthology, Re:Thinking Europe.

Contributors: Philipp Blom / Tom Holland / Larry Siedentop / Stella Ghervas / Mathieu Segers

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Film / History Ulrich Seidl Fri, 03 Jun De Balie - Grote Zaal
Art / Film / Literature Ulrich Seidl / Arnon Grunberg Fri, 03 Jun De Balie - Grote Zaal

Arnon Grunberg x Ulrich Seidl

Fri, 03 Jun • 14:15
De Balie - Grote Zaal

What vision can be found in the grating, controversial films of Ulrich Seidl, enfant terrible of European cinema? Arnon Grunberg meets the Austrian director Ulrich Seidl.

Contributors: Ulrich Seidl / Arnon Grunberg

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Art Claudy Jongstra / Jurriaan Benschop / Flo Kasearu / Norbert Bisky Fri, 03 Jun De Balie - Salon
History / Literature / Theatre György Konrád / Marjolijn van Heemstra Fri, 03 Jun Frascati 1

György Konrád: Writing Life, Writing Europe

Fri, 03 Jun • 12:00
Frascati 1

How does Europe shape a human life? The answer will be explored in a theatrical journey through European history by Marjolijn van Heemstra, following the life of Jewish-Hungarian writer György Konrád.

Contributors: György Konrád / Marjolijn van Heemstra

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Theatre Tom Lanoye / Philipp Blom / Sophie in ’t Veld / Caroline de Gruyter Fri, 03 Jun Theater Bellevue - Grote Zaal

Fort Europa

Fri, 03 Jun • 14:00
Theater Bellevue - Grote Zaal

Ten years ago the Flemish author and playwright Tom Lanoye wrote the play Fort Europa: a razor-sharp commentary on European values. In 2016 Lanoye will once again perform his more-current-than-ever piece. What is there left to defend, if our belief in Europe seems to be gone?

Contributors: Tom Lanoye / Philipp Blom / Sophie in ’t Veld / Caroline de Gruyter

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Theatre Stefan Hertmans / Myriam Sahraoui / Johan Simons / Monic Hendrickx / Roeland Hofman Fri, 03 Jun Theater Bellevue - Grote Zaal

Molenbeek 2016

Fri, 03 Jun • 16:45
Theater Bellevue - Grote Zaal

Can theatre unite us in times of fragmentation and radicalisation? As a theatre maker, director or writer, how can you react to very recent and emotionally charged events such as the attacks in Brussels? We present two theatrical reflections on Molenbeek by Stefan Hertmans and Myriam Sahraoui.

Contributors: Stefan Hertmans / Myriam Sahraoui / Johan Simons / Monic Hendrickx / Roeland Hofman

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Art Myriam Sahraoui Fri, 03 Jun Theater Bellevue
Literature / Philosophy Rüdiger Safranski / Paul Scheffer Fri, 03 Jun De Balie - Salon
Politics / Theatre Chantal Mouffe / Milo Rau / Tiit Ojasoo & Ene-Liis Semper Fri, 03 Jun De Balie - Grote Zaal

Staging Democracy

Fri, 03 Jun • 17:00
De Balie - Grote Zaal

What change can artists bring about in light of Europe’s failing democracy? Belgian political philosopher Chantal Mouffe, known worldwide for her radical notions of democracy, theatrical duo Tiit Ojasoo & Ene-Liis Semper and theatre director Milo Rau discuss.

Contributors: Chantal Mouffe / Milo Rau / Tiit Ojasoo & Ene-Liis Semper

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Art / Literature / Philosophy / Politics Tom Lanoye / Jet Bussemaker / Arnon Grunberg / Bo Tarenskeen / Jan Dibbets Fri, 03 Jun Stedelijk Museum

Re:Creating Europe – Final Statement

Fri, 03 Jun • 20:00
Stedelijk Museum

Join us on the final evening of Re:Creating Europe, where artists, writers, thinkers, politicians and visitors of the forum will come together in the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam for an interdisciplinary journey through Europe’s past, present and future.

Contributors: Tom Lanoye / Jet Bussemaker / Arnon Grunberg / Bo Tarenskeen / Jan Dibbets / And many more.

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Photography Ignacio Evangelista Wed, 01 Jun De Balie

After Schengen – Ignacio Evangelista

Wed, 01 Jun • 09:00
De Balie

What happens to the European Union’s old border posts between member countries after they have fallen out of use? Over a period of three years, Spanish photographer Ignacio Evangelista has explored the old borders throughout the European continent.

Contributors: Ignacio Evangelista

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Art / Politics Wed, 01 Jun De Balie - Foyer

Propaganda by the People

Wed, 01 Jun • 09:00
De Balie - Foyer

Europe is in need of a new story—one not told by Brussels or national governments, but by Europeans themselves. It is from this starting point that documentary-makers Arnold van Bruggen and Rogier Klomp and graphic designer Janneke de Rooij travelled through Europe, collecting stories of its people along the way, and allowing them the chance to create their own European story: Propaganda by the People.

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Photography Lars van den Brink Thu, 02 Jun DutchCulture

Ruins of Europe – Lars van den Brink

Thu, 02 Jun • 17:00
DutchCulture

Dutch photographer Lars van den Brink travels through the European continent in order to capture European culture. In his newest photography series, Ruins of Europe, Van den Brink presents European history through the imagery of 15 monumental ruins.

Contributors: Lars van den Brink

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Art Dries Verhoeven Wed, 01 Jun Leidseplein
Economics Thu, 02 Jun De Balie - Salon
Art / Politics Fri, 03 Jun De Balie - Salon
Music Thu, 02 Jun VondelCS
History Fri, 03 Jun Castrum Peregrini
Art / Philosophy / Politics Thu, 02 Jun Castrum Peregrini
Art / Politics Thu, 02 Jun Castrum Peregrini

Expert session #6: “The Commons!”

Thu, 02 Jun • 14:00
Castrum Peregrini

Having been neglected for some time, the commons remerged as a collective term for a wide range of citizen’s activities, from urban gardening to governing cultural spaces. But what exactly do we speak about when using the term ‘The commons’? And how does the notion of ‘The Commons’ relate to arts and culture?

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