Featuring Oliver Stone, Alexis Tsipras, Álvaro García Linera, Aleida Guevara, Slavoj Žižek, Tariq Ali, Silvia Federici, Chantal Mouffe, Franco Berardi Bifo, Yanis Varoufakis, Maurizio Lazzarato, Bernard Stiegler, E. O. Wright, and many others
After waves of protests in the past few years—from North Africa, the Middle East and New York to Frankfurt, Madrid, London, Athens, Bucharest, Sofia, Zagreb and other parts of Europe—whose goal was to force the ruling structures to act in the interest of the general public, it is difficult to determine whether any actual breakthroughs were achieved, apart from the rise of a new political subject – active citizens committed to true democracy and social justice. At the heart of all these uprisings are expressions of a wish for a real democracy, which have been seemingly absorbed by the ruling elites with almost no consequences for the established power relations. A serious discussion about political and utopian potentials of democracy is more necessary than ever.
What is actually un-democratic in systems that call themselves democracies, and how does one build a true democracy? Is democracy an unattainable or an achievable utopia? Is this utopian inspiration a prerequisite for any emancipatory struggle? Following these questions, as well as taking into account current social and political developments, the 6th Subversive Festival, under the general theme The Utopia of Democracy, will take place from May 4-18 in Croatia’s capital Zagreb.
The programme of the 6th Subversive festival features more than 300 participating activists, authors, writers, intellectuals, civil society actors, film directors and artists from the region and the entire world and is organized into several separate programs:
Subversive Film Festival (May 4-12) boasts more than 50 thought-provoking films. This year’s standout is the official competition that offers a selection of recent European and world live action and documentary films thematically connected to the theme of the Festival, the Utopia of Democracy. The Film Festival opens with the Eastern European premiere of the Festival’s special guest Sophie Fiennes’s documentary The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology. Another special guest of the Festival is triple Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone who will present his documentary series The Untold History of the United States, participate in a round table with Tariq Ali as well as in a “late night conversation” with the audience.
Subversive Forum (May 7-18), a series of events on the most pressing political issues of today, includes the following conferences:
- Peace Forum (May 7),
- Austerity, Green/d Economy and the Struggle for Democracy (May 8),
- Nationalism, Neoliberalism and the Left Perspectives (May 9),
- Commoning the Future (May 15),
- The Enlargement of Post-Democratic Europe (May 16),
- The European Left and the Global Crisis of Capitalism (May 17).
A special programme of the Subversive Forum is the 2nd Balkan Forum (May 12-14), a platform for alternative social and political mobilizations that will gather more than 50 progressive movements, organisations and actors from across post-socialist Balkans. The Balkan Forum will be dedicated to the following 6 themes: democratization and participation, workers’ struggles, sex and class equality, new economic models, common and public goods, and media and the public sphere.
Subversive Book Fair, as well as public readings and book promotions, will host a conference Subversive Literature (May 10-11) dedicated to the question of “engagement today” that will be debated by regional and international writers, including Karl-Markus Gauss, Christos Chrissopolous, David Van Reybrouck, Andrej Nikolaidis, Ivana Sajko, Aleš Debeljak, Selvdin Avdić, Daša Drndić and John Ralston Saul.
Evening conference “The Utopia of Democracy” traditionally hosts the most relevant contemporary critical thinkers. Some of this year’s speakers include Slavoj Žižek, Silvia Federici, Chantal Mouffe, Bernard Stiegler, Susan George, Maurizio Lazzarato, Yanis Varoufakis, Franco Berardi Bifo, Tariq Ali, Erik O. Wright, and Costas Douzinas. The conference also aims to open a discussion with progressive political leaders and will host a debate with Alexis Tsipras and Slavoj Žižek, as well as a key-note lecture by Bolivian vice-president Alvaro Garcia Linera and a discussion on the experiences of Latin American Left with Aleida Guevara, Cuban writer, activist and daughter of Ernesto Che Guevara.
In addition to the programme, the Subversive Festival will host a two-day meeting of Joint Social Conference: Urgently Needed, Maybe Possible – A Broad and Unitary European Social Movement (May 10-11), that brings to Zagreb more than 150 organisations and movements from across Europe.
This year the Subversive Festival once again will offer a space for serious political, social and cultural analysis aimed at questioning and finding alternatives to challenge and change local and global power relations. By raising complex questions and tackling them through various and even opposing perspectives, the Subversive Festival has built a wider international community but also an ever-growing regional audience. It has been recognized as the main regional partner of international organisations and movements such as the World Social Forum, AlterSummit (Joint Social Conference), Attac, the World Forum for Alternatives and Transform Europe and it actively cooperates with Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung and Heinrich Böll Stiftung.
The School of Contemporary Humanities is a new addition to this year’s Subversive Festival. Its aim is to establish an interdisciplinary scope of rethinking the problems of neoliberal capitalism. Registrations are opened until April 18th 2014.
In continuation with the last year's accompanying music program, Subversive Festival in collaboration with Žedno uho brings to Zagreb the activist and charismatic musician – Rachid Taha.
Presentation of the book by Bojana Kunst, the debate on the status of contemporary art...
Chief editor of one of the most influential journals for visual culture will share with us his experiences in directing and editing.
In the last years the modus of performance acts intensified, as it was the case with the political performances in the 1960s.
Art in all historical epochs has the task of being more than art. It can never be either autonomous or heteronymous.
W. J. T. Mitchell will discuss the power of images in political arena.
What is visual culture or visual studies? Is it an emergent discipline, a passing moment of interdisciplinary turbulence, rhetoric and communication, art history, or aesthetics?
On November 7-11, 2013, Zagreb will host outstanding visual studies theoreticians from around the world as part of the program Visual Studies Today: The Power of Images.
Dear friends, collaborators and visitors, and all of you who have participated in the organization of Subversive Festival or in its programmes.
Radio & television closure shows a U-turn in austerity policies in Greece and Europe is urgently needed.
A night to remember. A night that friends at the BBC, ABC, CBC ought to note.
We would like to express strong support for the struggle of our comrades across Turkey.
We invite you to EuroPie, an event created by young people for young people aiming at strengthening solidarity in youth actions.
“Only if we fight together we have a chance!”
It is time that we realised where the real danger in Europe lies.
At 19 p.m. Aleida Guevara will talk about the ALBA project and its importance and significance.
Conference on Friday will start with French theory as a "confession" genre with a book promotion of Bernard Stiegler's Acting out.
After the inspiring World Social Forum in Tunis the question arises of how the World Social Forum could re-establish itself as an important civil society space.
At 21 p.m. Slavoj Žižek, one of the most influential living philosophers and a friend of the Subversive Festival, will talk about love as a political strategy.
With great regret we inform you that Álvaro García Linera's lecture scheduled for 21 p.m. on Friday is cancelled due to his inability to participate.
Today at ZKM the program carried out with the Transform! Europe network will be held.
At 21 p.m. don't miss the historic debate between Alexis Tsipras and Slavoj Žižek!
In his lecture at 21 p.m. Maurizio Lazzarato will explorethe thesis on debtor-creditor relation with a question: “Is the current crisis of debt in fact a crisis of capital?”
Working groups will present their conclusion at plenary sessions.
We will start the week with lectures on capitalist economy and feminist critique of liberal democracy.
The Second Balkan Forum will continue working on the issues outlined in the conclusions of the First Balkan Forum.
Today at 19 p.m. we will open the conference part of the Subversive Forum with a round-table The Utopia of European Union.
On Sunday, May 12, Balkan Open will host 12 parallel self-organised sessions at which participating movements and actors will debate issues on which they concentrate their work and struggle.
Subversive Festival entered its second weekend. At ZKM Joint Social Conference will be held throughout the whole day with its various work groups.
In the evening hours of the program, Subversive Literature and SubLit café will take place.
On the sixth day of Subversive Festival the session Nationalism, Neoliberalism and the Struggle for Democracy will be held in co-operation with the Romanian social forum.
Subversive T-shirts have arrived! You can buy them at cinema Europe for the price of 60kn, and here you can download “the design” and make your own T-shirt!
Today at Subversive: austerity, the most significant events of the 20th century, pedophilia in the Chirch, re-examining capitalism and oppression.
On Tuesday the Subversive Forum will start. In the next 10 days it will host activist, journalists, scientists and politicians.
Today Oliver Stone's The Untold History of the United States will be screened and we will start with the additional program Queer beyond its four walls.
Opening ceremony of the 6th Subversive Festival will be held at Cinema Europe on Saturday, 4th May at 8 pm.
Festival director Nikola Devčić on this year's Subversive Festival. The Festival starts on May 4th in Cinema Europa.
Subversive hopes to help in the depathologisation and deprovincialisation of the Balkans.
Opening ceremony of the 6th Subversive Film Festival will be held at cinema Europe on Saturday, 4th May.
Under the umbrella of the 6th Subversive Festival the first Subversive Literature conference will take place.
Cinema Europa, May 6-10, 18.00 – 20.00
Two years after the “year of dreaming dangerously” (2011), we urgently need to raise some questions. What happened after the Arab Spring?
The 2nd Balkan Forum will take place between May 12-14, 2013 at the Subversive Forum in Zagreb.
From web magazine Citizenship in Southeast Europe
From openDemocracy, 11 December 2012
For several years we have been faced with the need to build a European Social Movement...
Speech given by Eric Toussaint at the SYRIZA youth festival in Athens, 6 October, 2012
Germany 1953 / Greece 2010-2012
Costa Concordia might furnish another aptly-named example for symbolizing the harmony and unity between European nations.
From New Left Review 75, May-June 2012
Because of huge interest for the 'Occupy Europe' shirts, we have decided to provide them for your own print.
Eric Toussaint interviewed for the news website called net.hr.
The 1st Balkan Forum took place within the 2012 Subversive Forum in Zagreb on May 17th and 18th.
For joint actions around the Greek elections, and for large Euro-Mediterranean’s mobilizations in autumn 2012!