Sticks and stones...? Satirists and populists both employ deliberately offensive phraseology to make their points, but, while the efforts of the one group are often extolled, those of the other come in for consistent criticism. What really differentiates the two approaches and should it be our duty to restrict speech considered likely to incite violence or is it more important to protect the principles of free speech from a culture of proscription? Watch the video highlights!
From one extreme to another? In the 90s, people in the Eastern Bloc looked West as they emerged from the Soviet sphere. Through shock therapy or more gradual methods, most new or reemergent nations liberalised, privatised & deregulated during what came to be known as the transition. How has this impacted upon politics and its perception in the region and do we now stand at the end of the new order, less than three decades after its inception? Watch the video highlights!
Civil action for a reinvigoration of the Republic Krytyka Polityczna's 3rd annual Jacek Kuroń Festival will cast light on the crisis of contemporary democracy, looking at its causes and ways to empower civil society groups to help bring us out of it. As always, the festival will also feature a series of events dedicated to remembering the work and the message of the festival's patron, Jacek Kuroń. Watch the video highlights!
Humanity on the move Free Word, in association with Counterpoint Arts, the Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants & a fantastic cast of renowned international authors, presents an evening of discussion and stories, centred around newly arrived communities, the experience of leaving home and what happens to us when we arrive in a new place.
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Do we need them or would we be better off without them? What are taboos and why do they exist? Do they actually play useful roles in our societies or do they help maintain anachronisms and harm our ability to live together in harmony? Free Word, Fritt Ord and Index on Censorship investigate in a discussion which asks "taboos: what's the point?". Watch the recording!
Controlling the news What happens when the media become tools in the pursuit of political and financial goals? A look at the impact which falling journalistic standards and non-transparent media ownership have had on press freedom, the availability of information and democratic process in Bulgaria. Watch the video highlights!
Stronger in or taking control? As the UK's EU referendum looms large, two groups of sixth formers come head to head. This debate sees students of Queens’ School & Havering College pushed to get to grips with the focal points of both the pro and anti EU campaigns while bringing in their own arguments for remaining in or leaving the EU. Read more & listen to the podcast!
What is Europe? While many refugees fled to Europe in 2015, seeking sanctuary within its liberal democracies, many of these same democracies today find themselves in decline, with one of their head's openly speaking of his desire to create an "illiberal state". How has this situation come about, what can we do about it and what does Europe stand for nowadays? Watch the video highlights!
Fiction vs. journalism If folly and ignorance be the curse of mankind and all the world a stage, are plays or the press the best way to inform and and provide perspective? The Index on Censorship Big Debate at Leeds' Big Bookend Festival 2016 asks which medium has the most impact: fiction or journalism? Listen to the recording!
A fragmenting continent? Lately, every new election seems to bring a "shock" result for the right, with parties with views commonly considered to be extreme becoming real political competitors from France to Poland and from Sweden to Italy. This TTT debate with Chantal Mouffe, Gilles Kepel and Phillip Blom asks what is behind this apparent move to the right and whether we should be concerned. Watch the recording!
At sea amongst circus dogs & newspeak Books such as Animal Farm and 1984 are known worldwide, but what is George Orwell's relevance today, how prescient were his predictions, how do his writings inform us about our own situations and what impact has his work had posthumously?
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What is European culture and what does it mean to us? From the 1st to the 3rd June, Amsterdam will host its first Forum on European Culture. This first installment, Re:Creating Europe, looks at what culture means to Europeans and what it can do for Europe. Join us in Amsterdam to explore creative Europe in a series of discussions, performances and exhibitions. Access the recordings!