Krásná Lípa

  • installation date: November 17, 2015
  • address: Lípa Resort, Křinické nám. 7/12, Krásná Lípa, Czech Republic
  • photo (c) Ivo Šafus / Výběžek.eu

The Václav Havel’s Place was unveiled in connection with the 26th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, with former Prague Castle chancellor Ivo Mathé representing the Václav Havel Library at the ceremony. The aim of the worldwide project is to create a network of places in the public space that can encourage meetings and the holding of genuine dialogue – places where it will be possible to debate and reflect in the spirit of the ideals and philosophy of Václav Havel.

Speech on receiving the Indira Gandhi Prize, New Delhi

„Many Europeans and Americans today are painfully aware of the fact that Euro-American civilization has undermined and destroyed the autonomy of non-European cultures. They feel it was their fault, and thus feel they have to make amends through a kind of emotional identification with others, through accommodating them, through trying to ingratiate themselves, through a longing to “help” them in one way or another. To my mind, this is a false way of going about it… It contains… the same familiar feeling of superiority… It is inverted colonialism. It is an intellectual spasm. I think we will all help one another best if we make no pretences, remain ourselves, and simply respect and honour one another, just as we are. “

Václav Havel:
Speech on receiving the Indira Gandhi Prize, New Delhi, February 8, 1994

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