House Description The Red House Centre for Culture and Debate is a multifunctional cultural and socio-political centre in Sofia. It is a space where artistic experiment, intellectual curiosity and civic engagement meet, a place that values open-mindedness, an avoidance of prejudice and tolerance in the face of otherness. Read more!
The Red House, Sofia
Whither Europe? Post-Brexit Europe continues to find itself threatened by a return to nationalist sentiment. This debate looks at anti-European rhetoric and asks both how it can be countered and whether it in fact offers any alternatives to European democracy. Watch the video highlights!
Controlling the news What happens when the media become tools in the pursuit of political and financial goals? A look at the impact which falling journalistic standards and non-transparent media ownership have had on press freedom, the availability of information and democratic process in Bulgaria. Watch the video highlights!
Away from boom and bust As whispers about the next economic crash grow louder, The Red House looks at the degrowth movement and its potential as an alternative to today's consumerist, profit-based economies. Watch the video highlights!
Moved on...? In the wake of the Paris attacks and the migrant crisis, The Red House asks where the limits of European solidarity lie. Do we lack solidarity or are we overwhelmed by conflicting solidarities? And, now that we've moved on to the next crises, are we really still interested in the fates of Ukraine and Greece? Watch the video highlights!
A downward spiral? Following hot on the heels of the summer's Greek crisis, the influx of refugees and migrants has highlighted disagreements in the EU and raised questions about our desire and our ability to come to common agreement. A debate on the Grexit, the Brexit, humanism, pragmatism, the East/West divide and how to move forward. Watch the video highlights!
For better or worse? Will the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership be the destruction or the making of Europe? The Red House plays host to Vanya Grigorova and Krassen Stanchev as it asks what we can expect from the hotly debated TTIP. Watch the video highlights!
Coming over here, taking our... How do migration and institutional mistrust relate to one another? As we see a new wave of populism feed on and promote fears of migration, then grow large on the backs of the distrust it has sewn, The Red House looks to untangle the many woven threads linking populism, migration and institutional mistrust. Watch the video highlights!
Us and them In the third of its cycle of 25th anniversary debates, The Red House looks at the distrust of institutions and figures of authority that is becoming imbedded in Bulgarian society. Looking at how the situation has developed, The Red House finds itself asking how the process of transition has destroyed trust and if it's still possible to achieve change in its absence? Watch the video highlights!
Back to the drawing board? In the second of its cycle of 25th anniversary debates, The Red House compares the status of the media in communist Bulgaria with that of its present incarnation. Assessing their levels of independence and the bases of their content, this debate asks, whether the present situation is really any better than that of 1989 and how to ensure that it improves in the future. Watch the video highlights!
Disillusionment The Red House kicks off its cycle of debates looking back at 25 years of post-communism with a debate on social equality. Comparing the situations in Poland and Bulgaria, this debate asks, whether the present situation was inevitable and looks at the way forward - how can Bulgaria ensure social equality for the next generation? Watch the video highlights!
Freedom of expression In this Red House debate a selection of concerned parties look at the results of the recent AEJ survey on Bulgarian press freedoms, seeking both the causes of the present situation and looking at how things could be improved in the future. [Read the report!]