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Forum on European Culture

The 4th edition of the Forum on European will take place between 31 May and 4 June focusing on the meaning and future of democracy in Europe and questions such as: How does Europe deal with technological developments, its history of colonialism, imperialism and autocratic influences? And if Europe wants to be a democracy, what actions are needed?

The Forum will be opened by the event "The State of European Literature" with one of Germany’s most influential writers Fatma Aydemir. With her prize-winning debut novel Elbow (Ellbogen, 2017) and her family saga Djinns (Dschinns, 2022) Aydemir has become one of Europe’s leading literary voices and a chronicler of diasporic life; of Germany as a conflicted, sometimes hostile and at the same time inspiring country, and Turkey as a reluctant and troubled home country.

The event European Literature Night 2023 on 2 June will focus on literature between Utopia and Dystopia. Ten European writers get together to reflect on the utopian and dystopian mirrors of current society. The documentary "The Killing of a Journalist" that will be shown on 3 June telling the story of the 2018 murders of OCCRP’s Slovak colleague Ján Kuciak and his fiancée, Martina Kušnírová. An investigative journalist who used leaked police files from the murder investigation to uncover vast corruption at the highest levels of Slovak society. Find the whole program here.