De Balie

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House description Located in Amsterdam's former District Court, De Balie provides the city with a multifaceted cultural platform. Hosting lectures, debates, screenings, exhibitions, plays and performances, De Balie combines creativity and hard-hitting analysis in an unpredictable and constantly evolving form.
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27.02.2017

Erdoğan – the new father of Turkey?

A De Balie affiliate debate
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Dictator-in-waiting or man of the people? De Balie look at Erdoğan's rise to power and discuss Turkey's future under his leadership after a year full of turmoil. In the midst of regional conflict, is Turkey now on its way to becoming a dictatorship or is Erdoğan the new father of the people and a figure of stability in troubled times?
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13.01.2017

Democracy in Europe: Hungary

A De Balie affiliate debate
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Illiberal democracy De Balie start the new year and their Democracy in Europe series by looking at Hungary. With, amongst others, the Princeton scholar Kim Lane Scheppele, they analyse recent anti-democratic developments in Hungary and ask what lessons can be learnt from these developments in other European states. Watch the recording!

10.10.2016

Diversity: empowering some, silencing others?

A De Balie & Institute of Ideas affiliate debate
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Positive discrimination? Does the current focus on diversity do more to divide than to unify societies? Join De Balie and the Institute of Ideas for this Battle of Ideas debate on the differences in our societies and how we think about politics and citizenship.
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01-03.06.2016

Re: Creating Europe

A cultural forum from De Balie & DutchCulture
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What is European culture and what does it mean to us? From the 1st to the 3rd June, Amsterdam will host its first Forum on European Culture. This first installment, Re:Creating Europe, looks at what culture means to Europeans and what it can do for Europe. Join us in Amsterdam to explore creative Europe in a series of discussions, performances and exhibitions.
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30.03.2016

Europe: too big to fail?

A De Balie affiliate debate
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The beginning of the end? As the Greek and migrant questions have led to discord, borders have closed and European leaders have, at times, appeared unable to come to a common accord, leading some to talk of the European Union's impedending collapse. De Balie ask Ivan Krastev and Paul Scheffer how much substance this talk has and where the EU should go from here.
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