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Forum of the Future 2018 returns to Porto and opens with leader of the Pussy Riot

Music and activist Nadya Tolokonnikova, founder of the Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot, is one of the invited guests at the opening of the Forum of the Future 2018, an event that takes place in Porto from 04 to 10 November and is considered a ‘political statement of the city’ , by the Mayor of Porto.

“This year’s edition … is part of antiquity and its manifestation in contemporary culture for a reflection on our time and especially on the future, crossing artistic disciplines and subjects such as memory, body, myth and also the freedom, “said the mayor of Porto, Rui Moreira, describing the event as a” political statement of the city. ”

The Forum of the Future, a festival of thought that takes place annually in the city of Porto and that this year has a budget of 225 thousand euros (30 thousand more than in 2017), will open doors next November 4, at 4:00 p.m., in Rivoli, with the artist Ali Cherri to present, in the first act, ‘Water Blues’, a ‘reflection on the power that mud exerts on us as material and metaphor’.

In the second opening act, also at Rivoli, the video entitled ‘Hidden Park’ by the artist Guan Xiao is presented, which will address the themes of the body and humanity as ‘figures that persist in time’.

The opening of the Forum of the Future, which this year has as its theme ‘Ágora Club’, ends with a third act in which Nadya Tolokonnikova, the artist and political activist and leader of the band Pussy Riot, speaks of ‘Activism in Greece’ Old’.

Nadya Tolokonnikova, who was arrested for her “punk prayer” in a Moscow cathedral, defends the idea that “ancient Greece is the homeland not only of the academic writing philosophy of Plato and Aristotle, but also of the tradition of a practical philosophy.”

The London collective Slavs and Tatars opens the second day of the Forum of the Future at 5:00 p.m., in Rivoli, with “Transliterative Tease”, where we will talk about how Lenin believed that “the revolution of the East would begin with the Latinization of the alphabets of all Muslims in the USSR, “reads the press briefing to journalists.

The Italian philosopher and sociologist Mavrizio Lazzarato, who talks about the ‘Debt Empire’, and astrophysicist Mikhel Mayor, who will reflect on the ‘plurality of worlds in the cosmos’ are other participants on the second day of the Forum of the Future.

Toyo Ito, winner of the Pritzker Prize in 2013, which will be for the first time in Portugal, marks the third day of the Forum of the Future with the theme ‘New public arena, new public space’, speaking of the “new agoras” of the times of today (the new public squares, the new spaces of meeting and meeting).

The event, which has several dozen lectures for a week, ends on November 10 at 7:00 p.m., at Rivoli, and the closing session is organized again in three acts, such as at the opening, with the participation of the architecture Eva Franch, who will talk about “Stories and Futures / Power and Alterity”, as well as the artist Guan Xiao, who will present the work “David”, about Michelangelo’s homonymous statue.

Writer and journalist Pankal Mishra, the first non-Western author to be awarded the “Leipzig Book Award for European Understanding”, concludes the session with a debate on the need to revise our understanding of the world, “given that the history of the West, born in Classical Antiquity, has continually ignored and erased the deeds of other societies and civilizations. ”

The group of six musicians ‘Candeleros’, originating from various regions between Colombia and Venezuela, will perform at 23.30, at the Rivoli, with the ‘Baile de Cúmbia’, a concert with music of ancestral indigenous origins, marking the end of the 5th. Edition of the Forum of the Future.

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