Timetable for 2015

  • 30 April 2015: deadline for submission of nominees for the 2014 Prize.
  • 25 August 2015: first meeting of the Selection Panel in Prague which will shortlist three candidates out of the candidatures received.
  • 27 September 2015: second meeting of the Selection Panel in Strasbourg which will select the final Prizewinner from the shortlist.
  • 28 September 2015: Prize Award Ceremony in Strasbourg in the Debating Chamber of the Parliamentary Assembly during its Autumn Session.
  • 30 September 2015: Inernational Conference In Honour of Prizewinner Václav Havel Human Rights Prize.

The Czech Fate – essay

„I don’t believe in that Fate at all and I think that in the first instance we are engineers of our own fate… After all, what happened did not happen because we are Czechs and Czechs always have to suffer at the hands of their neighbours (because that is their “Czech Fate”), but for quite different , more specific reasons.“

Václav Havel:
The Czech Fate – essay, February 1969

4th Annual Conference, The Vaclav Havel European Dialogue, Prague, May 15, 2017Havel—Prigov and czech experimental poetry