What has left? The Velvet Revolution and its impulses for Europe and the Czech Republic
19. October, 14:00 - 14:30 CEST
Thirty years ago, thousands of people on Wenceslas Square in Prague chanted “Havel to the Presidential Palace!” and finally something was allowed that no one thought possible. A writer and dissident, well-known throughout Europe, became president. For a whole decade, from 1993 to 2003, Václav Havel was head of the Czech state. He died in 2011. Times and social rules have changed. Today, people, intellectuals and artists who identify themselves with his values and ideals, are pejoratively called “Havloids”. What has happened? And what has remained of the Velvet Revolution? Are its impulses still wandering somewhere? Impulses for a new Czech Republic in a new Europe? Or is it just a memory, the past?