Festival of Democracy
"These structures (of the civil society) should naturally arise from below as a consequence of authentic social self-organization; they should derive vital energy from a living dialogue with the genuine needs from which they arise, and when these needs are gone, the structures should also disappear. The principles of their internal organization should be very diverse, with a minimum of external regulation. The decisive criterion of this self-constitution should be the structure's actual significance, and not just a mere abstract norm.“
— Power of the Powerless, Václav Havel, 1979 —
The Festival of Democracy is the associated program of the Forum 2000 Conference. It will include lectures, discussions, exhibitions and other activities connected to the conference itself. The Festival has been created in cooperation with various NGOs, universities and other institutions and offers the opportunity to present civil society activity and initiate open discussions about issues raised at the conference issues from other points of view.
Festival of Democracy - Handbook