27.11.2019 Arts

Revolution Is Not a Garden Party

European politics in 1989 and today

1989: a unique year.
The year of revolution and free creativity. Revolution Is Not A Garden Party brings artists, academics and activists together for performances, discussions and a variety of film screenings. They will focus on civil engagement in European politics in 1989 and today.Curators: Tereza Porybná et Jitka Pánek Jurková


10:30 – 12:15 – 1989/2019 – Then and now

The notoriously activist artist David Černý and the political scientist Jiří Přibáň are looking back on 1989 and its significance for today in a discussion moderated by Pieter DeBuysser.

12:15 – 12:30 – Performance Svatopluk Mikyta

13:15 – 14:15 – Revolution is not a garden party

Maya and Reuben Fowkes and their guests exploring artistic initiatives and communities existing outside the institutional framework in Central and Eastern Europe prior and post 1989.

14:30 – 15:45 – Public space as a site for civic action

Pavel Karous and Kristina Norman both deal with the significance of art of the communist era in public space. They will engage with Svatopluk Mikyta and Zuzana Bodnárová, the curators of the appraised Slovak gallery Banská St A Nica Contemporary, and Polish artist and activist Monika Drożyńska. The conversation will be moderated by Pepijn Kennis.

15:45 – 16:10 – Screening of Orange Alternative by Mirosław Dembiński

This documentary etude is devoted to the history of the counter-cultural formation Orange Alternative, which originated from the city of Wrocław and was founded by artist Major Fydrych. The film contains a footage of happenings organised by the group in the city streets.

16:30 – 18:00 Heroes not for just one day

Artists and activists discussing their engagement in Europe today – Sonia Dermience, Tamara Moyzes, John Jordan from the French collective ZAD, Sébastien Hendrickx from Extinction Rebellion and Mikuláš Minář van Million Moments for Democracy.

With artistic intervention by Martin Zet (CZ), Svatopluk Mikyta (SK).

​​​​​​​18:00 – 18:30 – Performance Martin Zet.


In the Terarken 1, the chill-out zone, you will find screening of Polish movies such as The race for freedom, a documentary The Roads to Common Europe by Krystyna Mokrosińska, Film about free Poland by Ireneusz Engler, The European Roads to Freedom and Culture in 1989.


Where? BOZAR – Terarken – Ravensteinstraat 23, 1000 BRUSSELS – map
When? Sunday 27th October 2019/ 10:00 – 20:00

Free obligatory registration here
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