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Daydreaming Nations Tours

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Adults, Young adults, Schools
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What was the significance of 1918 for Europe, and how can it inspire us exactly a hundred years later?

The birth of nine new states - Austria, Hungary, the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Finland - in the aftermath of the First World War, reshaped the political map of Europe and set in motion numerous visions of modernity. It brought the hope that better, more democratic societies would develop.

On February 3rd 2018, The House of European History will take part in BOZAR’s programme '1918, European Dreams of Modernity - 100 years on’ with a series of special guided tours led by key public personalities - writers, politicians, journalists - from nine different Central, Eastern and Southern European countries.

Under the title ‘Daydreaming Nations’, those tours, which will be followed the day after by panel discussions at BOZAR, will provide unique personal and critical insights into the museum’s presentation of the year 1918, the aftermath of World War I and the “interwar” period.

Come and hear various voices selected by national cultural institutes in Brussels that will illuminate the House of European History’s transnational narrative by sharing their own interpretations of this key period of political and social transformation in Europe, and discussing its significance today.

The tours will be held in English.

Find below the programme of the event. To register for one of the Daydreaming Nations tours, please e-mail 

14:15 - 15:00 Grzegorz JANKOWICZ, Poland - critic, filologist, essayist and translator

14:30 - 15:15 Voldemārs JOHANSONS, Latvia - artist, sinologist and composer 

14:45 - 15:30 Peeter HELME, Estonia - writer

15:00 - 15:45 Valda Selga LIEPIŅA, Latvia - journalist, translator

15:30 - 16:15 Heidemarie Uhl, Austria - member of the scientific board of the Haus der Geschichte Österreich [Austrian House of History].

15:45 - 16:30 Pavlína KVAPILOVÁ, Czech Republic - journalist, historian

16:00 - 16:45 Arūnas GELŪNAS, Lithuania - artist, cultural and social activist

16:15 - 17:00 David ZÁBRANSKÝ, Czech Republic - lawyer, writer, editor

16:30 - 17:15 Krzysztof ZANUSSI, Poland - screenplayer, TV and film director and producer

16:45- 17:30 Virva LISKI, Finland - historian

17:00 - 17:45 Ion M. IONITA, Romania - editor, journalist

17:15 - 18:00 Pirita NÄKKÄLÄJÄRVI, Finland - strategy consultant

17:30 - 18:15 Adrian CIOROIANU, Romania - historian, journalist, essayist, ambassador at the Permanent Delegation of Romania to UNESCO