Vaclav Havel European Dialogues 
1st Prague Conference, February 21–22, 2014

The Citizen, Power and Democracy in Europe's crisis

  • Organizer: Václav Havel Library
  • Partners: European Commission Representation in the Czech Republic, European Parliament Information Office, Forum 2000 Foundation, DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, Visegrad Fund
  • Venue: DOX Centre for Contemporary Art
  • Conference program
  • Photographs from the Conference

Videorecordings

FR 21. 2. 2014

SA 22. 2. 2014

The conference was held in English and Czech and was simultaneously translated into Czech and English.

Letters to Olga – essays written in prison, letter

„Once you’re here, however, whether you want to or not, you have to ask the question: does all of this have a meaning, and if so, what?… Ultimately, I can only find an answer – a positive answer – within myself, in my general faith in the meaning of things, in my hope. What, in fact, is man responsible to? What does he relate to? What is the final horizon of his actions, the absolute vanishing point of everything he does, the undeceivable “memory of Being”, the conscience of the world and the final “court of appeal”? What is the decisive standard of measurement, the background or the field of each of his existential experiences? And likewise, what is the most important witness or the secret sharer in his daily conversations with himself, the thing that – regardless of what situation he has been thrown into – he incessantly inquires after, depends upon, and toward which his actions are directed, the thing that, in its omniscience and incorruptibility, both haunts and saves him, the only thing he can trust in and strive for? “

Václav Havel:
Letters to Olga – essays written in prison, letter, August 7, 1980

Just Because I AmPavel Juráček: From the Life of a Buffoon