Invitation to OPU event “Human rights today”, 13.12.2017 at 6 p.m.

What are human rights and how are they understood by experts and artists?

We would like to invite you to a debate and expression of attitudes towards the current society-wide human-rights situation.

When: 13th of December 2017

Where: Trade Fair Palace (Veletržní palác), Dukelskych hrdinu 47, 17000 Praha 7

The debate will take place as one of the side events of the Law of the Journey exhibition by the internationally famous contemporary artist Ai Wei Wei, taking place at the National Gallery in Prague. In reaction to the current humanitarian disaster, the artist said that there is no refugee crisis, but only human crisis… In the current approach towards refugees, we lose our basic values.

The speakers at the debate will be both artists, who express their attitudes through slam poetry or theater, and experts, who deal with human rights issues in their everyday practice.

You can look forward to:

Honza Dibitanzl– a two-time finalist of the Czech championship in slam poetry (2015 and 2017) and a winner of many exhibitions. He is one of the few slam poets who are able to adequately switch between set lyrics and improvisation. He is a representative of the highest poetry as he is 198 cm high. During the debate, he will express his attitude towards human rights and migration.

Tukan – finalist of the Czech championship in slam poetry and the winner of the duo slam category together with Dr. Filipitch. In his lyrics, he prioritizes socio-political topics, now also with the focus on human rights. He has been nicknamed “machine gun” for the speed with which he is able to produce words.

JUDr. Martin Rozumek – the director of the Organization for Aid to Refugees, z.s. will comment on the current situation in the field of migration, both on the local and the global level.

Zdeněk Velíšek– a presenter, editor, reporter and the icon of international news coverage of the Czech television. In year 2015, he was conferred with French distinction “Knight f the Order of Arts and Letters” at the French embassy. In year 2017, he published a book called  “Oni zblízka, my pod drobnohledem” in which he focused on integration of foreigners in the nearest foreign countries, and which will also be discussed during the debate.

11:55 (fivetotwelve) – young generational theater ensemble made up of graduates from the Department of Alternative and Puppet Theatre at the Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. Their productions are usually created in the process of guided improvisation based on various topics which they find interesting. The actors will perform a short play about human rights.

Say an opinion. Improvize. Fix it. Play!

Musical program will be performed by Alec Momac.

The debate will take place in the Czech language. Admission is free.

The event is organized in cooperation with National Gallery in Prague.