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. Read more!
De Balie, Amsterdam
New European narratives De Balie honour the memory of Isaiah Berlin and speak to Philipp Blom and Kalypso Nicolaïdis about the future of Europe. Is empathy between nations key and what might encourage people to engage in the European project? Watch the video!
Our fate in his hands? Starting off with an unusual proposal, De Balie look at the fate of Europe in a blockbuster election year with Ivan Krastev and Luiza Bialasiewicz. How could the Trump effect save us from our own new right and where will the EU stand at the end of 2017?Watch the video!
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? Watch the recording!
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!
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. Watch the recording!
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. Access the recordings!
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. Watch the recording!