Culture & Politics

We Will Stay and Fight

Interview

On Tuesday, 13 June, Hungary’s National Assembly passed a law that requires NGOs which receive foreign funds above the annual threshold of 24000 EUR to register and label themselves as “foreign-funded organisations” on their websites and in their publications.

By Anna Frenyó

Publications

Perspectives Africa 3/2018: Through the Looking Glass - Images of African Futures

Against a background of political and cultural disruption, Perspectives approached writers to inquire, speculatively or not so speculatively, into an African future. The result is an eclectic mix of contributions and conversations across the arts, culture, philosophy and politics. They offer glimpses of African futures – fantastic, idealistic, or sober, but always self-confident – that place the continent at the centre of a world to come.

Youth Political Activism in Afghanistan

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Although the country is unlikely to face any revolution in the immediate future, with 68% of its total population under the age of 25, Afghanistan is currently witnessing a serious growth in its youth population, and it has resulted in socio-cultural and political consequences that have been previously unheard of in Afghan political culture and conventions.

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Common Spaces ABC

Art and its public spaces in Amman, Berlin, Casablanca: How did the reception of public spaces change since the Arabic Spring? Which artistic strategies can realize new forms of participication?

Simulating the Lebanese Parliament

In order to sensitize young people between 16 and 18 for the uniqueness of Lebanon's political system, a project similar to the Model United Nations (MUN) organized a two-day simulation of the Lebanese parliament.

The 12th Hungarian Contemporary Drama Festival

How do you organise a drama festival with international guests on a 6,000 € state subsidy? Well, you need a lot of enthusiastic volunteers, as well as visitors, who are completely committed to the cause.

By Anna Frenyó

At Home in Homelessness

“We were born to the world to be at home in it somewhere,” wrote the Hungarian author Áron Tamási. Yet not only the feeling of being at home, but also that of homelessness may be a common denominator among people who live in the same space – in the same cyberspace.

By Anna Frenyó

Theatre financing and the independent theatre scene

According to its mission statement, Trafó House of Contemporary Arts in Budapest is a receptive venue unique to Hungary, where various genres are presented in an individual and authentic manner. An Interview with Managing Director György Szabó.

By Anna Frenyó

Commons based peer production: an introduction

Is our economy essentially wrong? It beliefs in abundant material resources and meanwhile infinite immaterial resources like knowledge and design are maintained artifically scarce, but there is an alternative.

By Michel Bauwens

Culture & Politics

We promote the arts and culture as expressions of social self-awareness, and we investigate the relationship between art and forms of social activism in the national and international arena. Specifically, we support art shows and theatre projects, plan and organise film festivals, and hold conferences and open forums on issues to do with cultural policy.

In addition, our Heinrich Böll House in the German village of Langenbroich offers grants to foreign artists  faced with persecution and oppression in their home countries .

Events

Where is the European Union headed?
Berlin
Lessons learned from the 2019 elections
Berlin
Presentation of the recent publication: Legally combatting Gender-based Discrimination in Greece
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