From 1 to 6 November, the city of Porto hosts the third Forum of the Future. The festival of thinking, organized by the Municipality of Porto, will feature 28 international guests and 13 national guests, on the subject of "Liaisons" that will debate the contemporary world connections through science, culture, spirituality, feelings and utopias.
How we relate in today's world, how Europe deals with terrorism, refugees or racism, cultural universality, the limits of the relationship between art and science or ways of thinking that come from Africa or the Middle East are the most various topics to address in a total of 22 sessions.
The programa was presented today at the Rivoli Theatre and was attended by Mayor Rui Moreira who considered the Forum of the Future as a "strong commitment" in the municipality as far as culture is concerned.
"This year's program has the particularity to go beyond Europe to look at the contemporary world in a critical way, addressing issues of all times and all places" added Rui Moreira.
With a budget of 140,000 euros, the event welcomes speakers like the president of the Pontifical Council for Culture at the Vatican, Gianfranco Ravasi (day 1), the former Director General of CERN, Chris Llewellyn Smith (day 2), the Cameroonian photographer Samuel Fosso (day 3), the collective Assemble and architect Andrés Jaque (day 4), the Israeli architect Eyal Weizman (day 5), the director Joshua Oppenheimer (day 6), among others.
The event concludes with a session entitled "Refugees: on the front line" where the Syrian refugee Hassan Akkad, Mayor of Chios (Greece), Manolis Vournous, and the Mayor of Kilis (Turkey), Hasan Kara, will share their experience as players from both sides of the refugee crisis.
The Porto City Hall, in partnership with Casa da Música, Serralves, São João National Theatre, University of Porto and the National Cultural Centre, wants the Forum of the Future to reach the largest number of participants and, once again, tickets are made available free of charge.
+ info: Forum of the Future 2016