The conference entitled “The Future of Europe” is an outstanding cultural and scientific event of the V4 Hungarian Presidency - 2017/18. It represents an extraordinary opportunity to analyse the full array of political and cultural processes as well as to put our identity-creating cultural values in the limelight which, in addition to contributing to shape the present and the future of Europe, the most exciting and most lively scene of our civilisation, also define the elbow room of the countries of Central Europe within and beyond the European Union.
During our conference, leading politicians, renowned professors and well-known public figures will share their views with each other and with an audience of visitors. The Visegrad Group is destined to play a prominent role in shaping the future of our Continent, which is why a large number of keynote contributors will arrive from V4 countries, and will be joined by lecturers arriving from elsewhere in Europe and the Western hemisphere.
Food for thought
All the participants of our conference practice professions that actively involve them in political, economic and cultural matters that define the future of Europe. Consequently, the five panel discussions revolve around these fundamental issues. Please consider the following questions as food for thought in order to promote in depth discussions.
Culture Wars, Clashes of Cultures in Europe Is the war for Europe’s body and soul a winnable one? Can we defeat censorship, the shaming of those who think differently, the increasing cultural self-hatred in Europe? Are the remains of Europe’s social fiber still savable or is the European lifestyle doomed to change irreversibly? What is, if there is, the secret to the vitality of Central and Eastern European countries? Do they stand a chance of preserving their values?
Migration, Resettlement and the Future of Europe
Will Europe become the new melting pot? Shall we, out of cultural guilt or simple calculation, sacrifice Christianity, freedom and our way of life? Or should we retreat to our fortress, defend ourselves and strengthen our values and cohesion within? Is the creation of the New European Man realistic through migration?
Geopolitical Challenges -A European Army, NATO and the Borders of Europe
With the UK leaving the Union, we shall face a new situation, and make important decisions: where do we define the borders of Europe? What is the ambition of the EU? With whom shall we compete and with whom to cooperate? Do we need a European army and if so, will it consist of soldiers or machines and algorithms? What threatens and what guarantees the safety and security of European citizens today and in 2030 and in 2050?
Is Artificial Intelligence our Future?
Digitalization has allowed us to create extremely complicated structures; it makes everything faster and connects all with all. Today machine learning and artificial intelligence threaten only the jobs of our lower middle class; tomorrow, it may radically transform humanity’s own identity or even our physical existence. While we create ever faster internet connections and self-driving vehicles, technology transforms us, too: our health, our way of life and even the way how we make war. Can human stay human? Will soldiers be needed in the wars of the future? What prevents AI from bringing the Apocalypse to mankind?
Visegrad Four – the Engine of Europe’s Economy - Economic Development: SME, Foreign Trade, Emerging Markets; The Economy of the Future – Megatrends, Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Central Europe
What opportunities do the emerging giants of the world economy, i.e. China, India or Indonesia present for us? Does geographical position matter? What is the secret of successful economic policies? Will our region be able to jump several stairs at once and make Europe become a leading force in the future world economy?
The Future of Europe an international conference
Castle Garden Bazaar
1013 Budapest, Ybl Miklós tér 4.
No other venue could have been more suitable to foster the Visegrad Cooperation than the beautifully renovated building complex at the bank of the Danube, which has been the home of various exhibitions and events since its reopening in 2014. The Castle Garden Bazaar (Várkert Bazár), located at the foot of Buda Castle District, one of the most significant locations in Hungarian history, provides a venue with a unique blend of past and present, culture and entertainment, hence, it accommodates the V4 HQ, the headquarters of the Hungarian Presidency of the V4 for a reason. The multifunctional event hall, which is able to accommodate up to 500 people, is undoubtedly the perfect venue for such an internationally distinguished conference.
Hungarian Presidency of the Visegrad Group
From July 2017 to June 2018, Hungary is holding the rotating Presidency of the Visegrad Group for the fifth time. The importance of the Visegrad Cooperation, based on the principles—mutual trust, flexibility, and a focus on common traditions, values and interests—guiding the V4 since its founding in 1991 has been growing recently.
In the previous 26 years the Visegrad Group has been actively representing regional interests, since 2004 within the European Union, while contributing to the prosperity and stability of the continent via their economic performance, cooperation aimed at facilitating connectivity, support towards the neighbouring Western Balkans and Eastern Partnership regions, as well as a responsible approach to the unprecedented migration crisis. The V4 countries constitute stability and growth in the European Union, and have the legitimate intention to contribute substantially and as equal partners to the dialogue on the future of the EU.
April 6, 2018
V4 dance celebration in the National Theatre
On the occasion of the Hungarian Presidency of the Visegrad Group in 2017-2018, a dance celebration titled „Táncünnep” will be held with the participation of renowned Polish, Czech, Slovak and Hungarian dance ensembles at 19.00 on Thursday, 5th April 2018 in the National Theatre.
The performers of the event include the Sl’uk Slovak Folk Art Ensemble, the Ondras Military Artistic Ensemble, the Śląsk Song and Dance Ensemble form Poland and the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble.
The music editor of the event is István Pál „Szalonna” and the director is Gábor Mihályi.
Venue: National Theatre (1095 Budapest, Bajor Gizi park 1.)
February 8, 2018
Culture War 2018
As part of the V4 programme series on the occasion of the Hungarian Presidency of the Visegrad Group a round table titled Culture War 2018 was held in the House of Terror Museum.
The participants included Mária Schmidt, the Director-General of the House of Terror Museum, András Gerő, the Director of the Institute of Habsburg History, Márton Békés, the Research Director of the House of Terror Museum and Gábor G. Fodor, political scientist and the Vice Chairman of the Századvég Foundation. The discussion was moderated by Gábor Tallai, the Programme Director of the House of Terror Museum.
20 December 2017
Photo: János Posztós / Müpa
On the occasion of Hungary's presidency of the Visegrad Group an Opera Gala was held in Müpa Budapest titled V4 Christmas.
The concert featured Edita Gruberova coloratura soprano, Atala Schöck alto, Tomaš Juhás tenor, Krzysztof Bączyk bass and the Hungarian State Opera Orchestra was conducted by Peter Valentovič.
The compilers of the programme have also taken care to ensure that the "spirit of Visegrad” would be buttressed not just by the countries of origin of the participants, but by the works being played as well. Alongside the great classics by Mozart, Rossini, Bellini, Rachmaninoff, Mascagni and Puccini, the concert will feature works by composers from the four nations, with Erkel and Kodály representing Hungary and Smetana and Dvořák the Czechs, joined by the Polish Stanisław Moniuszko and Slovakia's Alexander Moyzes.
The audience was addressed by Zoltán Balog, the Minister of Human Capacities.
November 21, 2017
Who are we? – Identity and culture in Central Europe
As part of the cultural programme series of the presidency of the V4 a round-table talk entitled Who are we? – Identity and culture in Central Europe was held at the House of Terror Museum.
Participants included the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade's Deputy State Secretary for Hungarian Institutes Abroad and International Education Relations and the director general of the Balassi Institute Judit Hammerstein, the director general of the Hungarian Institute of Bratislava Molnár Imre, the director general of Hungarian Cultural Center of Prague Gertrúd Kelemen, the Secretary for Culture of the Hungarian Institute for Culture in Warsaw Keresztes Gáspár, Slovakian literary historian, critic and translator Karol Wlachovský, Director of the Czech Centre in Budapest Lucie Orbók, Director of the Polish Institute in Budapest Jarosław Bajaczyk. The discussion was moderated by Program Director of the House of Terror Museum Gábor Tallai.
October 20, 2017
„We have to fight for our freedom again and again”
An international conference entitled Together for the future of Europe – Anti-communist fights for freedom, 1956 was held in the Castle Garden Bazaar (Várkert Bazár) organized by the Public Foundation for Research on Central and Eastern European History and Society.
The speakers included Government Spokesperson Zoltán Kovács, Director-General of the House of Terror Museum Mária Schmidt, Researcher of the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes Jakub Šlouf, Head of the Historical Research Branch Office of the Institute of National Remembrance Konrad Białecki. The chairman of the conference was Program Director of the House of Terror Museum Gábor Tallai.
October 10, 2017
What do we reap from V4?
On the occasion that Hungary is holding the rotating Presidency of the Visegrad Group a round-table discussion was held at the House of Terror Museum, entitled „What do we reap from V4?”
Participants included Maria Schmidt, Director-General of the Public Foundation for Research on Central and Eastern European History and Society, Gergely Gulyás, faction leader of the Fidesz parliamentary group, Norbert Csizmadia, Chairman of the Pallas Athene Geopolitical Foundation, Balázs Orbán, Director of Research of Századvég School of Politics Foundation, as well as Miklós Szánthó, Director of the Centre for Fundamental Rights.
The round-table talk entitled „What do we reap from V4?” is the first one of a series of intellectual dialogues organized in the framework of the Hungarian presidency. These professional discussions provide an excellent opportunity to consider what the V4 presidency and the cooperation means to us and to define our goals as well as to prepare for the tasks ahead of us.
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