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16 - 25/06/2017

photo Maciej Zakrzewski
Galleryphoto Maciej Zakrzewski

Balkans Platform provokes conversation. This year’s Forum will be a place where artists, researchers of culture, philosophers and publicists will take a hard look at contemporary social and political reality.

Strategies of explaining the Balkan identity will be presented by the curators of this year’s Idiom – Oliver Frljić and Goran Injac. A meeting on Liberty Square will be an opportunity to listen to their personal stories and methods of analysing the history of their home region. The subject of the Balkans as the forefront of Europe will be discussed during the meeting “Shame and pride of Eastern Europe”, which will be attended by: Konstanty Gebert, Magdalena Koch and Joanna Tokarska-Bakir. We will also have a multi-voiced discussion about the role of the state, nation and citizen in modern Poland and about the shared literature of Central European countries. We will discuss the difference between the experience of being a migrant and a refugee with the head of the Polish department of Amnesty International – Draginja Nadażdin, and the sources of aggression with one of the most renowned Polish therapists and psychiatrists – Bogdan de Barbaro. We will also look at the work of a documentary film-maker – Agnieszka Arnold will tell us how to be a witness, or how to relate events which give rise to strong emotion even after many years.

The conversations on Liberty Square will commence with a meeting between Przemysław Czapliński and Adam Michnik about the book „Ksiądz pana wini, pan księdza, a nam prostym zewsząd nędza. Czyli rozmowy między Panem, Wójtem i Plebanem ciąg dalszy”, which is a record of a conversation between the editor in chief of “Gazeta Wyborcza” and Father Józef Tischner.

The last chord of the Forum will be played by the discussion on Neo-fascism and its limits. We will discuss contemporary types of fascism with Monika Bobako, Iwona Kurz, Boris Buden, Dragan Markovina and Przemysław Wielgosz.