Program


The Festival of Democracy is the associated program of the Forum 2000 Conference. This year more than 80 events in Prague and other cities were part of the Festival.


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Full program of the Festival of Democracy

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Thursday, October 5

17:00 - 18:30
 INTRODUCTION INTO ASYLUM LAW (CZ) - Cancelled

Panel

CEVRO Institut

In cooperation with Online Encyklopedie Migrace

Introduction of new asylum law entries in encyklopedie.org and debate about asylum law practice in the Czech Republic.

Friday, October 6

10:00 - 12:00
 ZONE OF DEMOCRACY: WHY VOTE? IS IT WORTH IT? (CZ)

Workshop

Experimental Space NoD

In cooperation with the Linhart Foundation and the National Parliament of Children and Youth

What do young people and first-time voters think about elections? What do they expect from politicians and society before and after elections? Is voting the only choice for becoming active citizen? Is it worth engaging and being interested in public matters?

15:00 - 16:30
 ZONE OF DEMOCRACY: EDUCATION 2.0-PATHWAYS TO SOCIAL AND CIVIC COMPETENCIES (CZ)

Workshop

Experimental Space NoD

In cooperation with the Linhart Foundation and the Czech Council of Children and Youth

What does strengthening the educational system with social and civic competencies look like? That was the focus of the international Czech-Polish-Lithuanian project supported by the EU Erasmus+ Program. We will share these experiences and give you offer a simple methodical, framework usable within educational settings and beyond the classroom. Limited capacity, Please register at: jan.husak@crdm.cz

17:00 - 18:30
 ZONE OF DEMOCRACY: YOUNG CZECHS - YOUNG DEMOCRATS? (CZ)

Presentation

Experimental Space NoD

In cooperation with the Linhart Foundation and the Czech Council for Children and Youth

Will the Czech Republic be better place when the next generation takes over public positions? How do young Czechs thinks about public affairs? Jan Husák from the Czech Council of Children and Youth invites you to a presentation and discussion about the outcomes of unique research on “Youth political participation in the V4 countries” realized through a project supported by the International Visegrad Fund.

18:00 - 19:30
 THE MOMENTUM THAT RIGHT-WING EXTREMISM IS GAINING ACROSS EUROPE AND THE UNITED STATES (EN)

Discussion

Anglo American University

In cooperation with the Diplomatic Club of the Anglo-American University

The discussion will cover the role that extreme right-wing policies have played in recent elections in Europe, namely France, the Netherlands and Austria; the challenges that democracy is being confronted with in Poland and Hungary; the current events in Charlottesville, where supporters of the far-right have been gaining international media attention; and finally, what this means for the future of democracy.

19:00 - 20:30
 TICKLING GIANTS - AWARD-WINNING DOCUMENTARY SCREENING (CZ subtitles)

Film Screening

Langhans, People in Need Center

In cooperation with the International Human Rights Film Festival One World

Bassem Youssef is an Egyptian whose life was affected by the Arab Spring. Fulfilling his dream, he ended his career of a surgeon to become a host of a satirical talk show with an average audience of up to 30 million. However, after escalating political threats, he had to go into exile. His story reflects recent political turbulences in Egypt. The film won the One World film festival in Brussels.

20:00 - 21:30
 ZONE OF DEMOCRACY: STAGE PERFORMANCE SCREENING - OVČÁČEK ČTVERÁČEK (CZ)

Film Screening

Experimental Space NoD

In cooperation with the Linhart Foundation and the Municipal Theater in Zlín

Live video recording of a stage performance of an original text by the Municipal Theatre in Zlín, which widely resonated with the general public. “It is by no means easy to aim at someone who happens to be a parody of himself. And yet, the president´s spokesman has unwittingly proved his phenomenal gift as a script-writer. It would indeed be a shame if this potential was wasted,” said Marek Příkazký, actor.

21:30 - 00:00
 ZONE OF DEMOCRACY: PARTY WITH DJ UNKNXWN (CZ)

Dance Party

Experimental Space NoD

In cooperation with the Linhart Foundation

Elektronic music, post grime, funky

Saturday, October 7

14:00 - 15:00
 ZONE OF DEMOCRACY: DOCUMENTARY SCREENING - VIVA CUBA LIBRE: RAP IS WAR (ES/CZ)

Film Screening

Experimental Space NoD

In cooperation with the Linhart Foundation and One World

The fire of revolution has spread to Cuba! Director Jesse Acevedo risked his own freedom, using hidden camera methods, to bring viewers inside the brewing Cuban revolution. Those filmed are at risk, even now, of imprisonment but through the courage of those willing to speak out, we see the new Cuba rising to the beat of Los Aldeanos.

14:00 - 15:30
 ZONE OF DEMOCRACY: DVĚ NA TŘETÍ THEATER - HAVLONÁDA (CZ)

Theater and workshop

Experimental Space NoD

In cooperation with the Linhart Foundation and Dvě na třetí Theater

Linhart Foundation and Experimental Space NoD in cooperation with Dvě na třetí Theater Klára returns to the Czech Republic after several months abroad. There has been so much happening in the meantime: Events in Žatec, visit of the Dalai Lama, celebrations of the eighties of Václav Havel. Klára is full of energy to do something, change something. She has a great idea, her friends start to help her with production but unfortunately they have a completely different point of view. The whole story suddenly takes a new direction.

15:15 - 16:45
 ZONE OF DEMOCRACY: DOCUMENTARY SCREENING - SONITA (CZ subtitles)

Film Screening

Experimental Space NoD

In cooperation with the Linhart Foundation and One World

Sonita imagines herself a superstar rapper. After her family attempts to sell her into marriage, a young Afghan refugee in Iran channels her frustrations and seizes her destiny through music. Grabbing the mic, she spits fiery rhymes in the face of oppressive traditions.

17:00 - 18:30
 ZONE OF DEMOCRACY: DOCUMENTARY SCREENING - RAVING IRAN (CZ subtitles)

Film Screening

Experimental Space NoD

In cooperation with the Linhart Foundation One World

Two DJs in Tehran are battling to play the music they love and set up dance parties. The local regime does not think well of harbingers of Western culture of decay so the protagonists need to make big decisions.

18:30 - 20:00
 ZONE OF DEMOCRACY: DOCUMENTARY SCREENING - MY SECRET POLICE (CZ)

Film Screening

Experimental Space NoD

In cooperation with the Linhart Foundation and Post Bellum

The State Security (StB) secret police operating during communism was a bureaucratic machine which had thousands of workers between 1948 and 1989. The program will include screening of a documentary My Secret Police (CZ, 2014, director: Viktor Portel) and a panel discussion involving historians and figures who were personally confronted with StB´s practices.

18:00 - 18:20
 DOCUMENTARY FILM SCREENING: MUSICA O MUERTE: PUNK AND FREEDOM IN CUBA (ES/EN)

Film Screening

Langhans, People in Need Center

In cooperation with Not a Useful Artist/Cuba Before the Dawn

Porno Para Ricardo is a Cuban punk band that is critical of the country’s totalitarian regime.The group is not allowed to perform anywhere in Cuba. The punk movement in Cuba has radical roots. In the 1990s, many punk musicians infected themselves with HIV as a protest against repression. By sentencing themselves to death, they set themselves free. Freedom is what connects the Cuban punk movement then and now.

18:30 - 20:00
 ART AGAINST TOTALITY: THE POWER OF THE POWERLESS? (ES/EN)

Panel

Langhans, People in Need Center

In cooperation with Not a Useful Artist/Cuba Before the Dawn

What are the possibilities of using independent art in the fight against dictatorial regimes? Harnessing the potential of free art (visual, musical) in non-democratic countries will help local artists take advantage of the soft power of art, to depicting totalitarian dictators, and its impact on local and global audiences.

Moderator:
Jan Macháček, Journalist?

Participants:
Hana Jakrlová, Photographer, Director of the Documentary, Founder NOT A USEFUL ARTIST / Cuba Before the Dawn project, Czech Republic/USA
Gorki Aquila, Activist, Artist, Musician, Porno Para Ricardo, Cuba
Ciro Diaz Penedo, Activist, Musician, Porno Para Ricardo, Cuba
Renay Kairus, Activist, Musician, Porno Para Ricardo, Cuba

20:00 - 21:00
 ZONE OF DEMOCRACY: SLAM POETRY SHOW (CZ)

Other

Experimental Space NoD

In cooperation with the Linhart Foundation and the SLAM POETRY SHOW

SLAM POETRY SHOW - democracy and art - poetry of the moment, poetry live, the non-competition performance - Metoděj Constantine (master of the Czech Rep. 2013), Ellen Makumbirofa (runner-up, Czech Rep. 2016), Tukan (winner of many exhibitions)

21:00 - 00:00
 ZONE OF DEMOCRACY: PARTY - DJ DENNY KRÝGR (CZ)

Dance Party

Experimental Space NoD

In cooperation with the Linhart Foundation

House, funky

Sunday, October 8

15:30 - 17:00
 DEMOCRACY FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF DISTANT GENERATIONS (CZ)

Panel

CEVRO Institute

In cooperation with the Beauty of Help Foundation and (eng)aging!

Our views of the world changes over our lifetimes. Freedom and democracy are perceived differently by the young and the old. Are the following stereotypes true? Young people are not interested in public issues. The elderly remember their youth in socialism with nostalgia. The young lack direct experience with totalitarianism, and the elderly are limited by it. Can different generations appreciate democracy?

16:00 - 17:30
 RELIGION AND THE CRISIS OF DEMOCRACY (EN/CZ)

Panel

Maisel Synagogue

In cooperation with the Jewish Museum in Prague

Despite the widespread secularization of the European public space, religion still play an important role in social and cultural life. This role is fundamentally changing as a result of political, economic, and demographic transformations. The model of a secular state among post-Christian European societies is being challenged by other models of relations between religion, public space, and collective identity. Will it be able to rise to this challenge?

Panel discussion:
Mona Siddiqui, Professor, Islamic and Interreligious Studies, University of Edinburgh
Akeel Bilgrami, Professor of Philosophy, Columbia University
Liav Orgad, Head of the Global Citizenship Law Research Group, WZB Berlin Social Science Center

Moderator:
Pavel Hošek, Professor of Religious Studies, Theologian

17:30 - 19:00
 HOW TO STRENGTHEN DEMOCRACY WITH INTER-GENERATIONAL DIALOGUE? (CZ)

Film Screening and Discussion

CEVRO Institute

In cooperation with the Lepší senior Endowment Fund

Our project "Message to My Young Self" aims to present the wisdom of older generations through social networking. In their memories, seniors often return to the period before the "Velvet Revolution" and WWII. They are a source of information that can help strengthen young people’s relationship with democracy. A panel discussion will follow a short screening of the most interesting ideas in the project.

Moderator:
Jakub Pacner, Reporter, TV Nova

Participants:
Helena Haškovcová, Professor of Medical Ethics, Author of „The Phenomenon of Old Age“
Michaela Stachová, Director, Beauty of Help Foudnation
Magdalena Benešová, Head of the Project „Stories of Our Neighbors“, Post Bellum – Memory of the Nation
Bedřich Heřmanský, Professor of Nuclear Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague
Mikuláš Vymětal, Churchwide Evangelical Pastor for Humanitarian Work, Minorities and Socially Excluded Persons

Monday, October 9

12:30 - 14:00
 MIGRATION CRISIS IN WESTERN BALKAN: STABILITY VS. DEMOCRACY (EN)

Panel

Václav Havel Library

In cooperation with Europeum - Institute for European Policy

The migration crisis in Central Europe has not only reshaped political and social landscapes but also showed the extent of the problems that Western Balkan countries face. These groundbreaking issues connect key elements of authoritarian states with deep-rooted corruption, centralized decision-making of a small ruling class, and the diminishing difference between an accepted “gray area” and true justice.

Participants:
Michal Vít, Researcher, Europeum, Czech Republic
Zora Hesová, Research Analyst, Association for International Affairs, Czech Republic
Marie Heřmanová, Project Coordinator, Open Society Fund, Czech Republic
Natalia Žaba, Journalist, Interpreter, Balkan Forum, Serbia

13:00 - 15:30
 DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC AS A UNIQUE TOOL OF ACHIEVING SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN THE WORLD (CZ)

Panel

Langhans, People in Need Center

In cooperation with the Czech Forum for Development Cooperation

The world is undergoing many changes that may have grave consequences for development. This discussion will present the current context and added value of the Development Cooperation of the Czech Republic as a specific tool to ensure human dignity and improve the lives of the poorest and most vulnerable populations in developing countries.

13:30 - 15:00
 STAYING HONEST: REPORTING THE TRUTH - AND HAVING IMPACT (EN)

Panel

European House

In cooperation with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

Journalism is facing unprecedented challenges. Economic models make it harder to produce quality journalism. New technologies open the field to anyone with a phone. Disinformation confuses facts and exhausts the mind. RFE/RL faces these challenges in 23 countries and has best practices to share that affirm the value of good journalism and the enduring demand for truth.

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

14:30 - 16:00
 DISINFORMATION, POPULISM VS. FACT CHECKING (EN)

Panel

Václav Havel Library

In cooperation with the Association for International Affairs

In the eyes of the Russian government, Ukraine is a propaganda testing ground. Combating this stigma will be one of Ukraine’s biggest challenges, and equally dangerous is populism. How can Ukraine tackle these problems? How does this compare to the situation in the Czech Republic?

Moderator:
Alžběta Chmelařová, Research Fellow, Association for International Affairs, Czech Republic

Participants:
Emine Dzheppar, Advisor to the Minster of Information Policy, Ukraine
Maria Zhdanova, Journalist, StopFake, Ukraine
Benedikt Vangeli, Head of the Center Against Terrorism and Hybrid Threats, Czech Ministry of Interior, Czech Republic

15:30 - 17:00
 WE ARE ALL EQUAL - PRESENTATION OF AN ASSOCIATION FOR PERSONS WITH CEREBRAL PALSY (CZ)

Film Screening and Discussion

European House

In cooperation with DMO pobyty

We are looking for a path to an independent and active way of living together with people with disabilities and teaching others to accept those people.

Participants:
Katka Maxová, Founder of DMO pobyty
Helena Šádková, Co-owner and Statutory Representative, Help Centrum

16:00 - 17:30
 DEMOCRACY AND HUMAN RIGHTS IN CUBA: DREAM OR NEAR REALITY? (EN/ES)

Panel

Kino 64 U Hradeb

Not a Useful Artist/Cuba Before the Dawn

Are the current changes in Cuba just cosmetic adjustments to improve the image of a totalitarian regime unwilling to democratize the country, or are they a sign of a real socio-political transformation? What ways do Cubans have at their disposal to provoke change for themselves? What is the role and possibility of the democratic world to support these changes?

16:30 - 18:00
 CHALLENGES FACED BY SPITI, THE HIMALAYAN VALLEY ON THE BORDER BETWEEN INDIA AND TIBET (EN)

Panel

Langhans, People in Need Center

In cooperation with the Spiti Sapan Foundation

Discussion on the situation and developments in the traditional Himalayan community, the recently established nunnery with a school which is intended to have a broader impact on the community, and possible ways of supporting it. The discussion will be followed by the official opening of photo exhibition ‘Spiti, on the Border between India and Tibet, Tradition and Modernity’ at 7 p.m.

Moderator:
Helena Koutná, Translator, Interpreter, Czech Republic

Participants:
Zhabdung Sonam, Founder, Spiti Sapan Foundation in the Czech Republic, Tibet
Gatuk Chhopel, Photographer, Monk, Spiti Tangjud Gönpa, Tibet
Miroslav Pošta, Publisher, Translator, Collaborator Spiti Sapan Foundation, Czech Republic

17:30 - 18:30
 EXHIBITION OPENING AND PRESS CONFERENCE: NOT A USEFUL ARTIST - INDEPENDENT ART IN CUBA (EN/CZ)

Opening

64 U Hradeb Cinema

In cooperation with Not a Useful Artist/Cuba Before the Dawn

Exhibition opening and press conference to present the aims of the exhibition and its accompanying program in the context of the Festival of Democracy as well some of the artists. Exhibiting artists: Danilo Maldonado aka El Sexto, Tania Bruguera, Gorki Aguila, Luis Trapaga, Hamlet Lavastida, Dashiel Hernandez, Lia Villares, Lester Alvarez, Camilla Ramirez, Leandro Feal, Sandra Ceballos, David d Omni, Claudio Fuentes.

17:00 - 18:30
 UNWINDING: RULE OF LAW REFORM IN EUROPE UNDER PRESSURE (EN)

Panel

Václav Havel Library

In cooperation with CEELI Institute

Transformation of post-communist countries into fully functioning healthy democracies is often left unfinished. With the reemergence of political nationalism, pro-democratic cooperation across borders is of utmost importance. This session looks at trends in Rule of Law reform and at strategies for the support of international efforts aimed advancing it amid volatility.

17:30 - 19:00
 COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY IN DEMOCRACY 2.0: A FACILITATOR OR AN EXPLOITER? (EN)

Panel

CEVRO Institut

In cooperation with the International Republican Institute

The recent Twitter revolutions highlight the role changing communication modes have on democracy. Technology can yield a modern Habermasian public sphere facilitating information sharing, but it can also turn into a digital panopticon open to exploitation. The discussion will focus on the ethical impact of technology on the democratic process as we upgrade to the digitally-enabled Democracy 2.0.

18:00 - 19:30
 PRESENTATION OF SPOTS WITHIN THE CAMPAIGN "CZECHS AND FOREIGNERS - LET´S TALK TOGETHER" (EN)

Film Screening and Discussion/b>

CEVRO Institute

In cooperation with the Center for Integration of Foreigners

The main character Jirka of the six-part series "The Day of Horror" is experiencing unexpected situations in which he meets foreigners. The premise of the series is what Jirka thinks about classic stereotypes associated with specific groups of foreigners and what actually happens.

Participants:
Production team and film crew representatives

18:30 - 20:00
 WOMEN, MUSIC, CREATIVITY: REVOLUTIONARY WOMEN IN MUSIC FROM HILDEGARD TO COSEY FANNI TUTTI (EN)

Book Presentation

Café des Taxis, Anglo American University

In cooperation with the Anglo-American University

Anglo-American University lecturer, Pavla Jonssonová, Ph.D., will launch her new book where she examines how women have been pushing borders, namely in music. The launch which will include a discussion with the author and participation of an interviewee from the book, Eliška Kohoutová, of the Prague-based punk groups Stillknox and Face Tigers. This event will likely conclude with a musical performance by the two artists.

Participants:
Pavla Jonssonová, Author, Lecturer, Anglo-American University
Eliška Kohoutová, Interviewee in the Book, Musician

19:00 - 20:00
 SPITI, BETWEEN INDIA AND TIBET, TRADITION AND MODERNITY: PHOTOGRAPHS FROM SPITI BY GATUK CHHOPEL (CZ/EN)

Exhibition

Langhans, People in Need Center

In cooperation with the Spiti Sapan Foundation

Traditional Tibetan momo dumplings from Ama Tibetan Restaurant will be available at the opening. All photos will be available for sale with all proceeds going to Spiti Sapan Foundation (www.sapanfoundation.org), supporting the nunnery in Spiti.

Participant:
Gatuk Chhopel, Buddhist Monk, Photographer, Tibet

Tuesday, October 10

10:30 - 12:00
 UNDER(PRESS)URE (EN)

Roundtable Debate

European House

In cooperation with DOX Center for Contemporary Art

UNDER (PRESS)URE is a regular series of round table discussions at the DOX Centre for Contemporary Art that hosts journalists and media commentators on current political, economic, and social issues. At this special meeting, there will be a distinguished panel of foreign correspondents to discuss currently pressing issues, concentrating on "post-truth" media, disinformation, and social media.

10:30 - 12:00
 HOW TO MAKE A SMART CITY FOR CITIZENS (CZ)

Discussion

American Center of the U.S. Embassy in Prague

In cooperation D21

Pianos at train stations, neighborly meetings in courtyards, walks with city architects, participatory budgeting... Engagement of locals in the creation of the city’s public spaces is a hot trend. Join the panel discussion about modern approaches to democratic participation and the use of technologies and data! Share best practices with city representatives, architects, and local activists.

14:00 - 15:30
 ARTIVISM: THE ART OF CHANGING THE WORLD? (CZ/EN)

Panel

New York University in Prague, Václav Havel Hall

In cooperation with Not a Useful Artist/Cuba Before the Dawn

The potential of ‘artivism’ (engaged art) for influencing public opinion - and inducing political or social change. How to support artists who are critical of totalitarian regimes in their countries, and what is the possibility of including their work in the context of contemporary art? The experience of artivism in Cuba in comparison with artivism in democratic countries. Are there possibilities for mutual support and cooperation?

15:00 - 16:30
 TOWARD WEST OR EAST? THE COURSE OF CZECH INTERNAL POLITICS, FOREIGN ORIENTATION, ECONOMICS, AND MEDIA (CZ)

Panel

Václav Havel Library

In cooperation with Pravý břeh

In some parts of Czech society, positive attitudes toward Russian and Chinese authoritarianism, distrust in standard liberal democracy, and skepticism about traditional politics have become increasingly common. There are attempts to "oligarchize” politics and fuse political, economic, and media power. Could this explosive mixture jeopardize the foundations of Czech democracy? How do we fight it?

Moderator:
Lubomír Kopeček, Political Scientist

Participants:
Stanislav Balík, Political Scientist
Jefim Fištejn, Journalist
Karel Kříž, Economist
Dalibor Balšínek, Editor-In-Chief, Echo24

15:00 - 16:30
 ATTITUDES OF THE CURRENT YOUNG GENERATION TOWARD DEMOCRACY (EN/CZ)

Panel

Austrian Cultural Forum

In cooperation with EDUin

According to a recent poll, only 57 % of high school students believe that democracy is the best form of government. The next generation of leaders should try to make the world a better place, but why do they not believe that democracy is the ideal route? How do we maintain democracy without these young people? What is the role of education in the development or destruction of democracy?

Participants:
Aleš Kudrnáč, Political Scientist, Institute of Sociology, Czech Academy of Science
Daniel Prokop, Sociologist, Faculty of Social Studies, Charles University
Lenka Štěpánová, Chair, Czech Highschool Union (Česká středoškolská unie)
Bob Kartous, Communications Manager, EDUin

15:30 - 17:00
 WHAT FUTURE WILL BE CREATED BY TODAY'S YOUNG PEOPLE? (CZ)

Panel

European House

In cooperation with the Czech-German Youth Forum

How do young people see their futures? Can they already influence it? What impact does technology have on their lives? Where does the current democracy lead? These questions will be discussed in Czech and international contexts with members of the Czech-German Youth Forum.

15:30 - 17:00
 WHAT SHOULD THE HUMAN FACE OF CZECH FOREIGN POLICY LOOK LIKE? (CZ)

Panel

European House

In cooperation with DEMAS - Association for Democracy Assistance and Human Rights

Upcoming parliamentary elections are opening space for debate about plans of political parties in the field of Czech foreign and transformation policy. Even though such topics are partly included in the electoral programs, they also require deeper discussion between the public and political party experts--specifically about any plans they have in regards to transformation policy, after they have been elected to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Moderator:
Vít Dostál, Director of the Research Center, Association for Foreign Affairs

Participants:
Karel Schwarzenberg, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs ČR, TOP 09

Jan Zahradil, Member, European Parliament (ODS)
Ivana Dobešová, Deputy, ANO

17:00 - 18:30
 FROM CURRICULUM TO SOCIETAL ENGAGEMENT: TEACHERS & PUPILS IN THE CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC TOWARDS DEMOCRACY (EN/CZ)

Panel

Austrian Cultural Forum

In cooperation with SIRIRI

The Central African Republic has experienced political instability and insecurity. Poverty and inter-ethnic conflicts have escalated. The program Learning Through Play combats illiteracy and facilitates new teaching methods. It contributes to better learning, but it also enables schools to experience democracy in practice, thus enabling the next generation to become conscientious and qualified citizens.

Moderator:
Fabrice Martin, Former Journalist, Managing Director, SIRIRI, France

Participants:
Pavel Fischer, Former Diplomat, Managing Director, STEM Foundation, Board Member, SIRIRI, Czech Republic
Jan Korda, Director, Meaningful School in Prague, Co-author, Learning Through Play program, Czech Republic
Marcel Diki-Kidiri, Linguist, UNESCO Expert, Member, Academy for African Languages, France
Jana Závodníková, Instructor, Learning Through Play for Central African Teachers, Czech Republic

18:00 - 19:30
 DEMOCRACY AT WAR: ISRAEL'S TWISTED IMAGE IN WESTERN DEMOCRACIES (EN)

Panel

CEVRO Institute

In cooperation with Cevro Institute

Israel is the only democratic country in the Middle East. Since the foundation of the modern state of Israel, it is also a country that is in an ongoing state of war with its neighbors and has a daily experience with terrorist attacks. Israel must constantly face the democratic dilemma of having effective security measures while still preserving elemental democratic principles and fundamental freedoms. Nevertheless, Israel is a target of ongoing and disproportional criticism from the West as well as from many international organizations. How much distorted is the image of Israel in the eyes of Western liberal democracies? And why is that so?

Welcome:
Alexandr Vondra, Director, Prague Centre for Transatlantic Relations (PCTR), Member, Board of Directors, Forum 2000 Foundation, Czech Republic

Moderator:
Tomáš Pojar, Vice President for International Relations, CEVRO Institute, Czech Republic

Participants:
Dan Schueftan, Director of the National Security Studies Center at the University of Haifa, Israel/Germany
Joshua Muravchik, Distinguished Fellow - World Affairs Institute, USA
Amichai Magen, Head of Diplomacy & Conflict Studies, The Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), Herzliya, Israel

18:00 - 19:30
 CRIMEA, THREE YEARS AFTER: DEBATE ON CURRENT HUMAN RIGHTS SITUATION (Ukr./CZ)

Panel

Mánes Gallery, Exhibition Hall

In cooperation with the People in Need Foundation and the Embassy of Ukraine

While the occupying power claims that the living conditions in Crimea improved after the annexation, dozens of Crimean Tatars, pro-Ukrainian activists, lawyers, and independent journalists, are still being persecuted. What does the situation really look like in Crimea three years after the annexation? What strategy does Ukraine have in relation to Crimea and its "de-occupation?"

Participants:
Refat Chubarov, Chairman, Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People
Edem Semedljajev, Crimean Tatar Attorney

18:00 - 19:30
 INTEGRATION OF FOREIGNERS AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO STRENGTHEN DEMOCRACY (CZ)

Panel

CEVRO Institute

In cooperation with the Integration Center Prague

Integration Centre Prague, o.p.s. is a non-profit organization specializing in the integration of foreigners from non-EU countries. During the debate at the Festival of Democracy, we will talk about topics connected to the coexistence of foreigners and the majority, how foreigners can participate and contribute, and the perception of diversity in this society.

18:00 - 19:30
 MEDIA AND POLITICS: WHO CONTROLS WHOM? (CZ)

Panel

Václav Havel Library

In cooperation with Freedom for Media!

Svobodu médiím! (Freedom for Media!) represents a platform for media independence and its diversity in the Czech Republic. The platform consists of numerous professional and civic organizations and public personalities whose goal is to defend the freedom of the media and to promote the necessary changes in legislation that would strengthen the independence of the public service media.

Moderator:
Daniel Raus, Journalist, Author
Participants:
Hana Marvanová, Lawyer, Freedom for Media!
Adam Černý, Chair, Syndicate of Journalists of the Czech Republic
Martin Vadas, Former Editor-In-Chief, Czech TV, Chair, FITES
Jan Payne, Neurologist, Lecturer, Freedom for Media!

18:00 - 20:00
 QUO VADIS - CZECH FOREIGN POLICY (EN)

Panel

Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren

In cooperation with the Institute for Politics and Society

Czech foreign policy has been criticized for a long time, mainly due to the lack of a strategic balance of foreign political elites. One issue lies with President Zeman and his inclination toward dealings with Russia and China. Has there been damage to the reputation of the Czech Republic? Which constructive agenda should the new government take?

Moderator:
Jan Macháček, Journalist, Chair of the Board, Institute for Politics and Society

Participants:
Petr Kolář, Former Ambassador (USA, Russia)
Cyril Svoboda, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cevro Institute, Czech Republic
Daniel Anýž, journalist, Newsweek
Vlaďka Votavová, Director, Association for International Affairs
Christian Kvorning Lassen, Researcher, EUROPEUM, Denmark

18:00 - 19:30
 TECHNOLOGY AND THE INTERNET - THE POTENTIAL OF DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENTS AND THE THREAT OF POPULISM: CUBA VERSUS USA? (EN)

Panel

64 U Hradeb Cinema

In cooperation with Not a Useful Artist/Cuba Before the Dawn

Can the Internet and technology be used to fight dictatorships? What are the alternatives in case these tools are absent? Are other alternatives available in the fight against the misuse of the Internet and technologies in support of populism and anti-democratic manipulation in the West? What is the situation in both the democratic and totalitarian worlds? What are the possible lessons?

Moderator:
Petr Šimůnek, Editor in Chief, Forbes Magazine Czech Republic

Participants:
Josef Šlérka, Executive Director, Endowment Fund for Independent Journalism
Tomáš Sedláček, Economist, Lecturer
Karel Janeček, Mathematician, Entrepreneur, Founder of Democracy 21
Hamlet Lavastida, Artist, Cuba

18:15 - 19:45
 CIVIL SOCIETY AND THE GOVERNMENT IN HUNGARY (EN/CZ)

Discussion

American Center of the U.S. Embassy in Prague

In cooperation with Greenpeace

In Hungary, a law on the "transparency of organizations receiving foreign funding” was enacted in June. This is unprecedented in the European Union and demands that many civil society groups register as "foreign-funded.” What are the consequences for NGOs in Hungary and what steps can they take to ensure they can continue their work?

Participants:
Hajnalka Schmidt, Director, Greenpeace Hungary

19:00 - 20:30
 ISRAELI DEMOCRACY: YESTERDAY, TODAY, AND TOMORROW (EN)

Panel

Maisel Synagogue

In cooperation with the Jewish Museum in Prague

Israel presents itself as the only democracy in the Middle East. Will this be the case in the next 25 years? From where has Israeli democracy drawn its strength thus far? What is Israel doing to protect democracy and freedom? Have government policy, long-term societal constructs, or external threats endangered these ideals in Israel?

Moderator:
Jan Fingerland, Analyst, Czech Radio, Czech Republic

Panel Discussion
Shlomo Avineri, Professor of Political Science, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Member, Program Council, Forum 2000 Foundation, Israel
Amichai Magen, Head of Diplomacy & Conflict Studies, The Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), Herzliya, Israel

19:30 - 21:30
 CRIMEAN EVENING (Ukr./EN)

Other

Mánes Gallery, Exhibition Hall

In cooperation with the People in Need Foundation and the Embassy of Ukraine

A cultural meeting for artists, journalists, diplomats, representatives of civil society and the wider public, who are interested in the current situation in Crimea. Crimean dishes will be served, and Crimean, Ukrainian and Czech musicians will perform. Traditional Crimean products will be on sale to benefit Crimean political prisoners and their families.

20:30 - 22:00
 PORNO PARA RICARDO (CUBA) (ES/EN) - Cancelled

Concert

64 U Hradeb Cinema

In cooperation with Not a Useful Artist/Cuba Before the Dawn

Porno para Ricardo is a Cuban rock band founded in 1998 by its frontman, Gorki Aguila. It is considered to be one of the most visible examples of Cubans’ disagreement with Castro's rule. Their lyrics are frequently very explicit, are mostly about politics and contemporary Cuban society, and are harshly critical of the Cuban government and Castro.
Free admission - Donations accepted.

Wednesday, October 11

10:00 - 12:00
 TOGETHER IN THE LIBRARY (CZ)

Panel

Studio Alta

In cooperation with Nová škola

How do we tap into the library’s natural community vibe and take advantage of its potential as an integrational tool? Are libraries the ideal places for civic and societal activities? This discussion explores the Nová škola program, which offers volunteer-led tutoring at the Municipal Library in Prague and aims to help children who do not speak Czech as a first language.

Participants:
Michal Kryl, Expert Guarantor, Together in the Library Program, Nová škola
Helena Humňalová, Researcher, Analyst, Charles University
Irena Šormová, Lead Methodologist, Prague Municipal Library
Tomáš Taich, Department of Integration of Foreigners and Ethnic Minorities, Prague 7 Municipality

15:30 - 17:00
 REVITALIZING DEMOCRACY FROM THE BOTTOM UP! DEBATE WITH HOMELESS PEOPLE ABOUT CIVIC LIFE (CZ) - Cancelled

Panel

European House

In cooperation with the Center for Civic Education

Is democracy “worn out?” Reform calls for restoration of trust and bringing politics back to the people. But how? How do we restore democracy from the bottom up? Who better to answer than citizens who live outside of the system and do not abide by the constraints of politics? Homeless people come to discuss how to restore the capacity of public power to meet people from all walks of life.

Moderators:
Petr Čáp, ASZ/Center for Civic Education
Terezie Vávrová, Center for Civic Education
Participants:
4-5 Homeless persons

16:00 - 17:30
 AWAKEN YOUR INNER GENIUS - A WORKSHOP FOR ALL WHO LIKE TO TEACH, LEARN AND HAVE FUN (CZ)

Workshop

American Center of the U.S. Embassy in Prague

In cooperation with Imaglee

Democracy stands or falls on the ability to empathize with others and to communicate clearly. Join us to play word and math educational games and invent your own games. You will be able to use them in teaching children and in adult management: both the exceptionally gifted ones and those with specific needs. Enjoy the cards with imaglyphs, 1MA6LEE = Imaglee, with one of their authors.

17:00 - 18:30
 CRITICAL THINKING: HOW TO SPOT "FAKE NEWS" (CZ)

Lecture

CEVRO Institute

In cooperation with the Faculty of Business Administration, University of Economics, Prague (VŠE)

Critical thinking is a precondition for democratic institutions to function and resist exploitation. Only then it can defend itself against manipulation and disinformation. Society without critical thinking is vulnerable and susceptible to lies. Having the skills to uncover half-truths is the key to accessing quality information and making better decisions.

Lecturers:
Lukáš Hána, Senior Consultant, GrowJob Institute
Kateřina Jiřinová, Senior Lecturer and Researcher, University of Economics in Prague (VŠE)

17:00 - 19:00
 THE IMPACT OF INFORMATION OVERLOAD ON DEMOCRACY (CZ/EN)

Panel

Václav Havel Library

In cooperation with the Institute for Christian Democratic Politics, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and Václav Havel Library

These days people suffer from a loss of identity. This open world seems complicated, there is too much information available, and for some the world has become too difficult to understand. Is this the reason why people do not trust traditional institutions and democracy? Come and discuss these issues.

18:00 - 20:00
 CITIZENS THEMSELVES: STORIES OF PEOPLE MAKING DECISIONS TO HELP THEIR VILLAGES AND THE ENVIRONMNENT (CZ)

Film Screening and Discussion

American Center of the U.S. Embassy in Prague

In cooperation with Zelený kruh

Locations for gas stations or landfills, or cutting trees in the park: all decisions that could have been influenced by civic associations. But now, an amendment to the Building Act might make it impossible. The public has lost its say in the majority of construction projects. Learn about stories of people who have used their rights to improve their environment; find out how and why these rights have been restricted.

18:00 - 19:30
 STRENGHTHENING THE CREDIBILITY AND RELIABILITY OF NGOs (CZ)

Panel

CEVRO Institute

In cooperation with the Association for Community Organizations (AVPO)

What do donors and partners expect from NGOs? What are the most common myths about NGOs and how do we face them? How can self-regulatory instruments help the NGO sector?

18:30 - 20:00
 LOBBYING FOR THE PUBLIC INTEREST (CZ)

Panel

Langhans, People in Need Center

In cooperation with the Reconstruction of State

Reconstruction of the State is a four-year-long campaign aiming to reduce corruption in the Czech Republic. After successfully passing five bills preventing misuse of public money, the campaign plans to continue changing Czech law in the public interest. Questions to be answered by the forum include: What is it like lobbying in the public interest? How does one lobby? How are topics chosen?

Thursday, October 12

18:00 - 19:30
 FASCINATION WITH EXTREMISM - NECESSITY OR A THREAT FOR OF A POLARISED SOCIETY? (CZ)

Panel

CEVRO Institute

In cooperation with the Institute for Social Inclusion

Hateful hoaxes and disinformation spread via emails, social, traditional and “alternative“ media often pose a more serious societal threat than an openly racist expression of an extremist. Is the counter extremism approach still sufficient today? Should the fight against extremist groups be the primary focus of the state and society, or rather the protection of victims and vulnerable groups?

18:30 - 20:00
 TRUMP AND DEMOCRACY IN THE US ONE YEAR AFTER THE ELECTION (EN)

Discussion

Café des Taxis, Anglo American University

In cooperation with the Anglo-American University

The election and presidency of Donald Trump have been seen as a sea-change in American politics. His leadership and actions concerning government and traditions of American democracy have alarmed many. This discussion, led by Alexei Anisin, Ph.D., researcher and lecturer at Anglo-American University, will examine what the first year since Trump’s election means for democracy in the US and globally.

Participant:
Alexei Anisin, Researcher, Lecturer, Anglo-American University

Saturday, October 14

17:00 - 18:30
 EXHIBITION OPENING: "HIS HOLINESS DALAI LAMA'S LIFE AND LEGACY", CEREMONIAL OPENING OF TIBET OPEN HOUSE PRAHA (EN/Tibetan)

Exhibition

The Školská Communication Space

In cooperation Tibet Open House Praha

To commemorate Václav Havel's friendship with the former Tibetan leader, we present an exhibit about the life and legacy of His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama. This collection of rare photographs was compiled under the supervision of the Office of His Holiness in Dharamshala and lent to the Linhart Foundation to be presented for the first time ever across Europe.

19:00 - 20:30
 SECULAR ETHICS AND HUMAN VALUES IN A CHANGING WORLD (EN/Tibetan)

Discussion

The Školská Communication Space

In cooperation with Tibet Open House Praha

The discussion will be held at Tibet Open House — a multicultural center in Prague. Topics will include: “Secular Ethics” by H.H. Dalai Lama, Modesty & Consumption, Dialogue & Conflict, Values & Climate, Economy & Ecology. These issues require debate for real change and a viable future.

Participants:>
Yeshi Gawa, Spiritual Director, Tibet Open House, Scholarship Recipient, Linhart Foundation Tashi Phuntsok, Director, Tibet Museum


Events outside of Prague

Friday, October 6

17:00 - 19:00
 TICKLING GIANTS - AWARD-WINNING DOCUMENTARY SCREENING (CZ subtitles)

Film Screening

Regional Research Library in Liberec

In cooperation with the International Human Rights Film Festival One World

Bassem Youssef is an Egyptian whose life was affected by the Arab Spring. Fulfilling his dream, he ended his career of a surgeon to become a host of a satirical talk show with an average audience of up to 30 million. However, after escalating political threats, he had to go into exile. His story reflects recent political turbulences in Egypt. The film won the One World film festival in Brussels.

18:00 - 20:00
 FLOODED WITH INFORMATION (CZ)

Film Screening and Discussion

International Environmental Education, Advisory, and Information on Water Protection Centre

In cooperation with Vodňany žijou

How can the rapid development of the information market combined with a crisis of trust in democratic institutions co-effect transformation of the democratic political system? How do technologies of manipulation used to influence public opinion limit the positive effects of the information revolution? In the world where everyone seems to have their own truth, is it even possible to agree on something?


Sunday, October 8

15:00 - 18:00
 THE SHADOWS OF TISO: TESTIMONIES OF PEOPLE WHOSE FATES WERE SHAPED BY JOZEF TISO (SK)

Film Screening and Discussion

Nadácia POLIS

In cooperation with the Polis Foundation

The documentary by Dušan Trančík, “The Shadows of Tiso,” is about the Slovak wartime state as told by Tiso’s prosecutor, defense counsel, and the man who found him in 1945. The screening will be followed by Q&A and a presentation of Konvália, a non-fiction book by Denisa Fulmeková, about a Jewish girl who mothered the child of a Roman Catholic monk (poet Rudolf Dilong) during the Holocaust.

Moderator:
Andrej Bán, Journalist, Co-author of the Documentary "The Shadows of Tiso"

Participants:
Denisa Fulmeková, Author of the novel "Konvália"
Katarína Mešková Hradská, Historian, Institute of History, Slovak Academy of Sciences
Dušan Trančík, Director, Author of the Documentary "The Shadows of Tiso"


Wednesday October 11

13:00 - 16:30
 THE FESTIVAL OF DEMOCRACY IN HRADEC KRÁLOVÉ - THE SALON OF THE REPUBLIC (EN)

Panel

Legislature of the Hradec Králové Region

In cooperation with the Political Science Club, Philosophical Faculty, University of Hradec Králové and Cuba before the Dawn

Two panel discussions within the scope of the Festival of Democracy will take place on October 11, 2017, in Hradec Králové and will build on this year´s theme: “Strengthening Democracy in Uncertain Times.” The topic will be introduced through the Latin American and African perspectives, in an effort to present the issue of democracy in other regions to the participants.


Wednesday, October 18

18:00 - 20:00
 ART AND CHARTER 77 - A MEETING WITH EUGEN AND ZUZANA BRIKCIUS (CZ)

Discussion

GASK Kutná Hora

In cooperation with the Gallery of Central Bohemia (Gask)

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Charter 77, and we will hold a meeting with artist and essayist Eugen Brikcius on the theme of the relationship between artists and the charter. A witness and participant in the cultural and political situation in Czechoslovakia during the ‘60s and ’70s, Brikcius is invited to reflect on the events and personalities of that period.

Participants:
Eugen Brikcius, Author, Signatory of Charter 77, Member of PEN International
Zuzana Brikcius, Journalist, Anti-communist Activist


Thursday, October 19

16:00 - 18:00
 RETHINKING THE CONCEPT OF ACTIVE CITIZENSHIP IN THE CONTEXT OF THE VISEGRAD COUNTRIES (HU)

Roundtable Debate

Czech Center Budapest

In cooperation with Political Capital

Within the framework of an IVF-supported project, a comprehensive survey was conducted on Visegrad citizens‘ motivations for and opinions about active citizenship. The results of the project are based on a qualitative and quantitative study, in addition to fieldwork using a representative sample of V4 societies. During the roundtable discussion, Political Capital will present the key findings of the research and then open the floor to a discussion about active citizenship. The event should be seen as a forum for raising awareness about the importance of active participation, which has the potential to enrich political landscapes and reinforce resilience among the people.


Exhibitions

2.10. - 12.10.
 PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION: HIS HOLINESS DALAI LAMA'S LIFE AND LEGACY (EN)

National Theatre, Piazzetta

In cooperation with Tibet Open House Praha

To commemorate Václav Havel's friendship with the former Tibetan leader, we present an exhibit about the life and legacy of His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama. This collection of rare photographs was compiled under the supervision of the Office of His Holiness in Dharamshala and lent to the Linhart Foundation to be presented for the first time ever across Europe. From Oct 14 the exhibit will be displayed at the Tibet Open House Praha, Školská 28.

Remarks:
Tashi Phuntsok, Director, Tibet Museum

2.10. - 14.10.
 SPITI, BETWEEN INDIA AND TIBET, TRADITION AND MODERNITY: PHOTOGRAPHS FROM SPITI BY GATUK CHHOPEL (CZ/EN)

Langhans, People in Need Center

In cooperation with the Spiti Sapan Foundation

Traditional Tibetan momo dumplings from Ama Tibetan Restaurant will be available at the opening. All photos will be available for sale with all proceeds going to Spiti Sapan Foundation (www.sapanfoundation.org), supporting the nunnery in Spiti.

9.10. - 10.10.
 NOT A USEFUL ARTIST - INDEPENDENT ART IN CUBA (EN/CZ)

64 U Hradeb Cinema

In cooperation with Not a Useful Artist/Cuba Before the Dawn

Exhibition opening and press conference to present the aims of the exhibition and its accompanying program in the context of the Festival of Democracy as well some of the artists. Exhibiting artists: Danilo Maldonado aka El Sexto, Tania Bruguera, Gorki Aguila, Luis Trapaga, Hamlet Lavastida, Dashiel Hernandez, Lia Villares, Lester Alvarez, Camilla Ramirez, Leandro Feal, Sandra Ceballos, David d Omni, Claudio Fuentes.

The program is subject to change.


Venues

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