‘Europe Day: the Roaring Twenties – Back to the future’

9 May'21
- 19:00

Thomas Friedman, Amin Maalouf, Dubravka Šuica ...

On 9 May we celebrate the anniversary of the Schuman Declaration, which laid the foundations for the future European Union in 1950. It is the perfect time to discuss the future of Europe. BOZAR once again joins forces with the pan-European collective Are We Europe for the second issue of Mayday Magazine, at a time when the deployment of vaccines in Europe is opening up new perspectives. But how can we avoid the mistakes of the past? How can we learn from this period of disruption and prepare for the future together? From the mystical landscapes of Iceland to the shores of the Mediterranean, the magazine’s stories, poems, photos and illustrations take us on a journey across Europe and beyond, to explore future scenarios.
On 9 May, you will be able to watch 5 sessions of discussions and interviews at your leisure:

  1. Mayday Magazine launch: the new Roaring Twenties? 
    Could the end of the health crisis herald a new incarnation of the Roaring Twenties? Hear from Teresa O’Connell, editor of Mayday Magazine, and Karolina Szedja, contributor to Mayday Magazine.
  2. Europe and democracy 
    In the wake of the Conference on the Future of Europe, a digital platform that invites citizens to share their vision for the future of the European Union, check out the interviews with European Commission Vice-President for Democracy and Demography, Dubravka Šuica, and historian and expert on Europe, Luuk Van Middelaar.
  3. Are the United States showing the way? 
    With Joe Biden marking the famous “hundred days” of his presidency, Karl Van den Broeck asked prominent American journalist Thomas Friedman to talk about the future, and, in particular, the future of EU-US relations.
  4. Homelands - New European Writing
    Meet three winners of the European Prize for Literature, Mathias Nawrat (Germany), Lana Bastasic (Bosnia-Herzegovina) and Irene Solà (Spain), who will discuss the possible literary contradiction between country of origin and European identity in a round table chaired by Nicky Aerts.
  5. Interview with Amin Maalouf
    ​​​​​​​Discover an exceptional interview with Franco-Lebanese author Amin Maalouf who, following his latest book Adrift: How Our World Lost Its Way, offers a perspective on transatlantic relations. With Safia Kessas.

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You can watch this online event from 09/05 - 19:00 on our website and YouTube.