For a few decades, democracy seemed inevitable here in Europe, but in recent years the system is under pressure. In the travelling How to Survive a Democracy pop-up Museum we look back at the recent history of dictatorships in Europe, and, in the Democracy Laboratory, we examine with you an the help of provocative games and art installations the value of democracy today.
9th and the 10th of November 2019 at de Balie in Amsterdam
On November the 9th, 2019, it was exactly 30 years ago the Berlin Wall fell, marking the end of the Iron Curtain. Reason for a party during the Fall of the Wall Mini festival at the Balie in Amsterdam.
1968 was an iconic year when people all over the world revolted against authorities. In an exceptional spirit of creativity, imagination and determination they banged on the doors of those in power and asked for change. Fifty years later the values people fought for then are under pressure. In a brand new pop-up museum the Iron Curtain Project connects the past to the present.
The French leader of the 1968 revolution, Alain Geismar, is – fifty years later – in debate centre ‘De Balie’ for a special programme on the occasion of the opening of the WHAT IF!? Pop-up Museum in Amsterdam. What can activists and young thinkers do with his legacy in these times?
Exactly sixty years after the Hungarian Uprising in October 1956, the Iron Curtain Project starts with a traveling pop-up museum about Protest in Europe. It raises the question: what do we Europeans want to fight for?
Basically every Czech has a story about 1968, even people who were not even born then. 1968 became a traumatic year. After a period of relative freedom during the Prague Spring, Czechoslovakia was occupied by Soviet bloc troops. Fifty years after we opened up the WHAT IF!? Pop-up Museum in BIO|OKO in Prague.
Alain Geismar, one of the leading activist of the May ’68 revolts in Paris, is convinced that society is never finished. ‘We have to keep moving’ he tells in our WHAT IF!? Pop-up Museum. The museum on the revolutionary year of 1968 will open up, for the first time in the Netherlands as part of the Forum on European Culture in Amsterdam. Geismar will be one of the lead guests during a special programme on the legacy of that pivotal year 1968.
Fifty years after the student protest against censorship a special pop-up museum on the spirit of 1968 in Europe is opened in NOWY TEATR. On the occasion of the opening there will be the Big 8 March Media Debate.
What do you really know about your parents’ past? Could you ask them about it? In October we conducted an interview workshop in Budapest for Hungarian students. We asked them to interview their own parents about the the communist times, to ask them that one question they never dared to ask them before. And, very important, register it on video. Not an easy assignment, but they came up with some spectacular stuff.