Inspiration Forum

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A place for discussion and exchange of inspiring ideas about the modern world. Discuss your world views over a cup of delicious coffee and a pancake. Have breakfast with artists and get carried away by their stories, meet filmmakers and other festival guests and voice your opinion about the issues and ideas of our day and age.

  • Venue: DKO ground floor
  • Open: Wed 10.00 - 22.00 / Thu - Sat 10.00 - 20.00 / Sun 10.00 - 17.00
  • You can find complete schedule of discussions HERE

Lecturers of Inspiration Forum 2017

Katarzyna Surmiak-Domańska 

Katarzyna Surmiak-Domańska (1967) is a Polish reporter, writer and teacher in Mariusz Szczygiel’s Institute of Reporting – a place for writers focused on Polish reportage. She studied romance languages at the University of Warsaw. Since 1995, she has been working for the Gazeta Wyborcza newspaper, in which she publishes reports that do not avoid controversial topics related to sexuality. Her main focus is on the distortion of the notions of traditional family and values, which is a very serious and sacred issue in Poland. Many of Surmiak-Domańska’s texts tell the stories of transvestites, transgender people, gay men, and lesbian women who raise children. But she is also interested in the stories of sexual abusers, pedophiles, and Polish nationalists. On the subject of nationalism, she published Ku Klux Klan. Tu mieszka miłość (The Ku Klux Klan. Love Lives Here), which is her fourth collection of reportages, published in Poland in 2015.

OPEN CLASS: Katarzyna Surmiak-Domańska | VIDEO


Oliver Frljić

Oliver Frljić (1976) is a Croatian theatre director. His work is focused on theatre’s potential as a medium to transcend its own boundaries and to extend performances to include the broader social context. Frljić, who often refers to Aeschylus’ The Persians as an important source of inspiration, uses the concept of counter-memory to present those parts of history that are not present in official narratives. At the same time, he gives voice to those who are often invisible or underrepresented in society. His work has been presented at various international festivals and theatres, including Wiener Festwochen (Vienna), Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), Dialog (Wroclaw), Festival TransAmériques (Montreal), Neue Stücke aus Europa (Wiesbaden), Bitef (Belgrade) and La MaMa (New York).

OPEN CLASS: Oliver Frljić | VIDEO


Zhanna Nemtsova

Zhanna Nemtsova (1984) is the daughter of Russian statesman Boris Nemtsov. She worked for the Echo of Moscow radio station and for Russia’s RBK television station as an economic journalist, anchoring broadcasts and interviewing representatives from business and politics. After her father was assassinated in February 2015, Nemtsova pushed for a proper investigation, causing her to receive threats via social media. As a result, in June 2015 she emigrated to Germany because of her safety. Following these events, she began to work as a reporter in the Russian department of the German international broadcaster Deutsche Welle in Bonn. She also founded the non-profit Boris Nemtsov Foundation for Freedom, which promotes the ideas of freedom and democracy and keeps alive the memory of Boris Nemtsov. Every year, the foundation presents an award to a public figure, journalist or artist who is committed to fighting for freedom of expression and who shows exceptional courage. In 2015, Zhanna Nemtsova received the $1.1 million Solidarity Prize in Poland for advocating democracy and human rights, and in 2016 she won the International Women of Courage Award.

OPEN CLASS: Zhanna Nemtsova | VIDEO



Inspiration Forum 2016

Lecturers of Inspiration Forum 2016

Philip Zimbardo

Zimbardo is an American psychologist and teacher who has taught at leading American universities such as Yale, New York University, Columbia University, and Stanford University, where he conducted his famous Prison Experiment. He is currently studying the violent behavior of individuals as part of his Heroic Imagination Project, as part of which he is analyzing data on former gang members and on people who had previously been associated with terrorist organizations. During his visit to the Czech Republic in October 2016, he will accept an honorary doctorate from Charles University.


Mikhail Durnenkov

Playwright, film-script writer. In 1995 he became one of the founders of the Togliatti New Drama School, very important movement for the Russian drama of several last decades. Due to his rich life experience (worked as a watchman, plumber, theatre director or TV journalist etc.) he is able to write easily about all kinds of characters, ranging from Stanislavsky himself to workers, who call the spirit of a Blue Plumber. His most popular plays, e.g. Nature reserve or The cultural Stratum, were translated into the German, English, Finish, Polish and other European languages.


Chang Ping

One of China’s best-known commentators on contemporary affairs now living in exile in Germany. His commentaries appear in famous newspaper in China, Hong Kong, Germany and USA. He has been a guest professor at East China University of Political Science and Law. He has repeatedly been punished for tackling sensitive issues, e.g.  feminist movement, Chinese politics and situation in Tibet, and was banned from writing columns and publishing books in China. In 2014 he won the Human Rights Press Awards in Hong Kong.


Participants 2016

  • Jaroslav Kratochvíl, Czech Republic
  • Silvie Jasqueim, France
  • Berndette Tuza Ritter, Hungary
  • Thorunn Hafstadd, Iceland
  • Anna Grusková, Slovakia
  • Nadia Parfan, Ukraine
  • Stanislav Klohodny, Ukraine


Inspiration Forum 2015

Lecturers of Inspiration Forum 2015

Julian Assange

One of the most controversial figures of our time. He is best known as the founder and public face of WikiLeaks, the Internet-based publishing organisation which makes headlines around the world by releasing suppressed information about corporate, government and military corruption and misconduct. Assange is an advocate of information transparency and market libertarianism. Since 2012, he has been living in asylum at the Ecuadorian embassy in London.


Maria Alyokhina

A poet and member of the punk rock protest group Pussy Riot, concentrating on feminism, LGBT rights in Russia, and acting in opposition to the current political system in Russia represented by President Vladimir Putin. A er a nearly two-year-long imprisonment following a protest concert held in the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow, Maria, together with her fellow Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, focuses on a campaign concerning human rights violations in Russian prisons, on political prisoners and on raising awareness of this topic internationally.


Osama Abdul Mohsen

The World got to know this man as one of the Syrian refugees, running from the police at the Hungarian-Serbian border near Röszke. Video, where is documented how a Hungarian TV reporter tripped him while he was carrying his little son, became a viral and stirred up strong emotions. Osama Abdul Mohsen is now trying to establish new life in Spain where he was offered haven and job as a coach by a soccer school, and accepted
invitation to Ji.hlava IDFF, where he shared his experience with a situation that has been a topic no. 1 for the past several months in all news and social networks.


Participants 2015

  • Margareta Hruza, Norway
  • Apolena Rychlíková, Czech Republic
  • Eva Zornio, Switzerland
  • Rick Minnich, Germany
  • Nika Belianina, Canada
  • Petar Veljačić, Belgium
  • Marouan Omara, Egypt
  • Tamara Moyzes, Slovakia
  • Barbara Wintner, Austria
  • Dina Borsch, Austria


Inspiration Forum 2014

Lecturers of Inspiration Forum 2014

Joseph Yu-Shek Cheng

Professor of Political Science at the Hong Kong University, Joseph Yu-Shek Cheng is one of the founders of Occupy Central, a civil disobedience movement that lured to the streets many Hong Kong students. Since 1980s, he has been associated with the Hong Kong democratic movement. He is respected for his social and political activities not only in Hong Kong.


Petr Pavlensky

Petr Pavlensky is a Russian conceptual artist and political activist. He was born in 1984 in Saint Petersburg. He became renowned for his political action in support of the Russian punk group, Pussy Riot. The police arrested and detained Pavlensky as a mentally ill person – he was released several days later. During his most famous performance called Fixation (2013) he fixed his genitals with a nail to the pavement on the Red Square in Moscow in a protest against Russia’s transformation into a police state. His last action, Liberty, performed in February 2014, consisted in erecting a barricade from burning tires on one of the bridges spanning Saint Petersburg in support the Ukrainian revolution and to reflect the events that had occurred on Euromaidan. Another evidence of the precarious situation in Putin’s Russia is also the fact that the artist’s recent, and allegedly final performance, during which Pavlensky supposedly tried to commit a demonstrative suicide by hanging himself, was fabricated by Russian media.


Kateřina Šedá

Czech artist Kateřina Šedá (born in 1977 in Brno) is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. Her work comprises mainly happenings and experiments. Her projects try to break the engrained stereotypes and social isolation of the participants. In 2011, she collaborated with the London’s Tate Modern on the project From Morning Till Night, in which the citizens of Bedřichovice moved to London to pursue their everyday activities – sweeping the ground, washing their cars, etc. – in the city’s public space. Jan Gogola jr. made a documentary dedicated to Kateřina entitled Kateřina Šedá: Mythmaking (2013).


Participants 2014

  • Tamara Drakulić, Serbia
  • Gonzalo Enríquez Veloso, Spain
  • Johan Kolínský, Czech Republic
  • Tomáš Kratochvíl, Czech Republic
  • Lucia Nimcová, Slovakia
  • Zorko Sirotić, Croatia
  • Arthur Sukiasyan, Armenia
  • Biljana Tutorov, Serbia


Inspiration Forum 2013

Lecturers of Inspiration Forum 2013

Moazzam Begg

Moazzam Begg is one of nine British citizens who were held at Camp X-Ray, Guantánamo Bay by the government of the United States of America. Begg was labelled an ‘enemy combatant’ by the US government, imprisoned for a crime he did not commit and whose precise nature has never been determined. He was released on January 25, 2005 without any charge though he received no explanation or apology. As the Director of Outreach for the prisoner human rights organisation, Cageprisoners, Moazzam appears extensively both in the media in the UK and internationally, lecturing on issues surrounding imprisonment without trial, torture, anti-terror legislation and community relations.


Artemy Troitsky

Artemy Troitsky graduated from the Moscow Institute of Economics and Statistics. As a first-year student, he started to organize discotheques and he is now considered the first DJ in the history of the Soviet and Russian music scene. However, he never actually took his job at the Statistical Institute that he had been proposed. Instead, he focused on “sociology of music” at the Art History Institute from which he was dismissed in 1983. In the years 1983–1985, he was banned from writing for official music magazines. He is the author of several publications on the independent music scene, the pivotal of which is Back in the USSR, mapping the independent rock scene of 1980s. It was first published in the UK in 1988, followed by its Russian publication in 1991. Artemij is a founder of several independent labels. In the 1990s, he worked as an editor-in-chief of the first Russian edition of Playboy, and cooperated with Rolling Stone.


Šejla Kamerić

Šejla Kamerić was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. She has received widespread acclaim for her poignant intimacy and social commentary. Based on her own experiences, memories and dreams, which were influenced by the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina (1992-1995), Kamerić’s work takes us to spaces of displacement and discrimination. The weight of her topics is in stark contrast to her individual aesthetics and her choice of delicate materials. Kamerić received The ECF Routes Princess Margriet Award for Cultural Diversity in 2011.

Her work is included in European collections such as Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; MACBA, Barcelona;  Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb; ERSTE Collection, Vienna; Deutsche Telekom, Bonn and Vehbi Koç Foundation in Istanbul.


Participants 2013

  • Aleš Suk, Croatia
  • Žejlka Sukova, Croatia
  • Evdokia Moskvina, Russia
  • James Kienitz Wilkins, USA
  • Tatyana Soboleva, Russia
  • Radovan Síbrt, Czech republic
  • Ioana Țurcan, Romania
  • Meghan Horvath, UK
  • Thomas Fisch, France
  • Karen Sztajnberg, Brazil


Inspiration Forum 2012


Tariq Ali

Writer, journalist, film maker and left-wing political activist. Born in Lahore (today’s Pakistan) in 1943, he was educated at Oxford University, later he ran his own independent television production company, Bandung, which produced programs for Channel 4 in the UK during the 1980s. He is recognized as leading expert on Pakistan and an outspoken critic of US Middle East agenda. He is a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio and contributes articles to The Guardian, CounterPunch, and the London Review of Books.


Gao Xingjian

Chinese novelist, playwright, and critic, living and working in France. He was declared as persona non grata in China because of his book Fugitives, which takes place against the background of the Square of Heavenly Peace massacre. In 2000, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature “for an oeuvre of universal validity, bitter insights and linguistic ingenuity”.


FEMEN / Inna Shevchenko, Oleksandra Shevchenko, Anna Hutsol

FEMEN is a feminist Ukrainian protest group based in Kiev, founded in 2008. The organisation became internationally known for organizing topless protests against sex tourists, religious institutions, sexism and other social, national and international topics. Some of the goals of the organisation are: “to develop leadership, intellectual and moral qualities of young women in Ukraine” and “to build up the image of Ukraine, a country with great opportunities for women”.

Participants 2012

  • Eran Barak / Israel
  • Tomasz Jeziorski / Poland
  • Srdjan Keča / Serbia
  • Truls Lie / Denmark
  • Maria Martiniaková / Slovakia
  • Nikita Pavlov / Russia
  • Michael Schmacke / Germany
  • Klara Trencsenyi / Hungary


Inspiration Forum 2011


Carlos A. Aguilera

Cuban poet and writer, member of the youngest generation of Cuban authors, founder of a now banned Diáspora(s) magazine, lives in emigration in Central Europe.


Y. A. Padmanabha Rao

Indian expert in education development, participated in the development of an innovative project involving over 10 million children from 200 000 schools in the poorest parts of the world in the educational process, received a number of awards including the Unesco Prize for his activities.


Alexei Plutser-Sarno, Jana Sarna

Members of a provocative Russian art group Voina, whose political and activist happenings and installations are inspired by performance and street-art.

Participants 2011

  • Maite Bermúdez Pascual, Spain
  • Viera Čakanyová, Czech Republic
  • Danic Marina, Serbia
  • Joshua Faudem, Israel, USA
  • Mikhail Kolchin, Russia
  • Zoran Krema, Croatia
  • Robert Lakatos, Romania
  • Boris Mitic, Serbia
  • Tamara Moyzes, Israel, Slovakia
  • Gyula Nemes, Hungary
  • Andrea Prenghyová, Czech Republic
  • Alex Solomon, Romania
  • Alina Tretinjak, Croatia