17 November 2016
Central European Forum 2016 – Banská Bystrica
The Central European Forum is an international forum dedicated to discussing the major problems and challenges facing Central Europe and countries elsewhere in the world. It provides a platform for writers, sociologists and scholars representing a broad range of opinions and personal experiences. The conference has been held since 2009 – always on the anniversary of 17 November – in one of Bratislava's theatres, and since 2013 also in theatres in Banská Bystrica. This is our way of celebrating the anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, which started with public debates in theatres. The Central European Forum is characterised by the particularly high quality of its discussions, which are open to a Slovak and international public (all debates are simultaneously interpreted into English and Slovak). The discussions in Banská Bystrica will be important in terms of the decentralisation of the presidency. The presidency is not just a matter for elites – it is also owned and exercised by the public. It will present pressing current European issues in an interactive form, which is particularly important in the light of the growing anti-European ideology in the region. The event is organised by the Projekt Fórum civil association.