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Freedom Games 2016

“Clash of Cultures”; Łódź, Poland

The Marek Edelman Dialogue Center and 6. Dzielnica

(October 20-22, 2016)


October 10, 2016 (MONDAY)

  1. Dzielnica (102 Piotrkowska Street, Łódź)

17:30: “Peace, Love and Freedom. Are Wars Unevitable?” – Meeting with Tom G. Palmer, Vice President of Atlas Network and Senior Fellow at CATO Institute


October 19, 2016 (WEDNESDAY)

  1. Dzielnica (102 Piotrkowska Street, Łódź)

21:00 Concert: OLEŚ DUO


October 20, 2016  (THURSDAY)


The Opening Night Ceremony


The Marek Edelman Dialogue Center (83 Wojska Polskiego Street, Łódź)


17:00 Reception


17:30 – 18:15 Welcome by the representatives of the Organizers and Partners:


  • Błażej Lenkowski – President of Industrial Foundation;
  • Borek Severa – Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom;
  • Hanna Zdanowska – President of the City of Lodz;
  • Mirosław Michalski – Regional Coordinator for Committee for the Defence of Democracy;
  • Joanna Podolska – Director of the Marek Edelman Dialogue Center.

18:15 – 18:30 “Clash of Cultures” – Inaugural address by Leszek Jażdżewski, Editor-in-Chief of Liberté! magazine


18:30 – 19:15 “How to captures the freedom?” – Speech by Professor Marek Belka, Polish economist, Head of National Bank of Poland, former Prime Minister and Finance Minister of the Republic of Poland


19:15 – 20:00 “Hindu Nationalism: Women’s Rights and the Future of India – Speech by Angana Chatterji of the University of California, Berkeley
20:00– 20:45 “Women’s Rights in Islam” – Speech by Shukria Barakazai, Afghan Ambassador to Norway, Muslim feminist, politician and activist


  1. Dzielnica (102 Piotrkowska Street, Łódź)

22:30 Concert: Trzaska & Mazurkiewicz


23:30 Afterparty

October 21, 2016 (FRIDAY)

The Marek Edelman Dialogue Center (83 Wojska Polskiego Street, Łódź)


12:00 – 13:30 “The Future of Market Economy” – Panel discussion

  • Professor Jerzy Hausner – Polish politician and economist, former Minister of Economy, member of the Monetary Policy Council;
  • Stefan Kawalec – Polish economist, former Vice-Minister of Finance;
  • Aleksander Łaszek – Vice President and Economist at the Civil Development Forum (FOR Foundation);
  • Krassen Stanchev – Senior Consultant and Central Asia Regional Advisor for Pragma Corp., Founder of IME;

Moderator: Marek Tatała – Vice President of Civil Development Forum (FOR Foundation)

13:30 – 15:00 “How to Build a Polish and a European Community?” – Panel discussion with the leaders of religious communities

  • Musa Czachorowski –Muslim Religious Association in Poland;
  • Jerzy Samiec – Polish Lutheran bishop of the Evangelical-Augsbourg Church in Poland;
  • Stas Wojciechowicz – Reformed rabbi, Center for Progressive Judaism (Reform) and Synagogue Ec Chaim;

Moderator: Mikołaj Mirowski – Museum of Independence Traditions in Łódź

15:00 – 16:30 “Sharing Economy” – Panel discussion and launch of the latest issue of 4liberty.eu Review:

  • Fabian Disselbeck – Liberales Institute (tbc)
  • Mate Hajba – Vice President of the Free Market Foundation in Hungary;
  • Kalle Palling – Chairman of the European Union Affairs Committee at the Parliament of Estonia;
  • Krystof Krulis – Research Fellow at Association for International Affairs Research Center (AMO);

Moderator: Olga Łabendowicz – Editor-in-Chief of 4liberty.eu Review

17:00 – 18:30 “An Average Day in Life of Syrian Refugees” – Meeting with Wojciech Tochman of the Reportage Institute

Moderator: Joanna Łopat – Liberté! magazine

18:30 – 20:00 “Intermarium Deconstructed – A Delusion or a Viable Defence Strategy?” – Panel discussion supported by the Faculty of International and Political Studies of the University of Lodz Graduates’ Association

Introduction: Przemysław Żurawski vel Grajewski – Advisor to Law and Justice, University of Lodz;

  • Detmar Doering – Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom;
  • Marcin Frenkel – Liberté! Magazine;
  • Mariusz Ruszel – Rzeszów University of Technology;
  • Professor Przemysław Żurawski vel Grajewski – Advisor to Law and Justice, University of Lodz;

Moderator: Krzysztof Iszkowski – Liberté! Magazine

  1. Dzielnica (102 Piotrkowska Street, Łódź)

20:30 – 22:00 “The Identity of Central and Eastern Europe” – Meeting with Andrzej Stasiuk, Polish writer, journalist, literary critic and publisher

Moderator: Piotr Augustyniak – Liberté! magazine

22:30 Concert: TUTAJ

23:30 Afterparty

October 22, 2016 (SATURDAY)

The Marek Edelman Dialogue Center (83 Wojska Polskiego Street, Łódź)


12:00 – 13:30 “Muslims in Europe” – Panel discussion supported by Bronislaw Geremek Foundation

  • Nilüfer Göle – Turkish sociologist, leading authority on the political movement of today’s Muslim women;
  • Katarzyna Górak-Sosnowska – Assistance Profesor at the Department of Economic Sociology and a Vice-Dean for Master’s Studies at the Warsaw School of Economics;
  • Farid Hafez – Researcher at the Department of Political Science at the University of Salzburg, expert in the field of Islamophobia;

Moderator: Anna J. Dudek – Polish journalist, reporter and writer

13:30 – 15:00 “The Path for Democratic Opposition in Russia” – Panel discussion

  • Zhanna Nemtsova – Deutsche Welle reporter, founder of Boris Nemtsov Foundation for Freedom;
  • Olga Tikhomirova (Shorina) – Executive Director of Boris Nemtsov Foundation for Freedom
  • Alexander Morozov – Russian journalist, blogger, the founder of Moscow Immanuel Kant’s blogger club;

Moderator: Julius von Freytag-Loringhoven – Project Director Russia and Central Asia and Head of Moscow office of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF)

15:00 – 16:30 “The Tale of Success and Failure of the European Model of Integration” – Panel discussion

  • Frédéric Lazorthes – FLazorthes Conseil (tbc)
  • Eric Fassin – Professor of Sociology at the University of Paris
  • Magdalena M. Baran – Civic Institute, Liberté! magazine

Moderator: Paul Gradvohl – Centre of French Culture and Francophone Studies in Poland

16:30 – 17:30 “State under the Rule of Law Versus the Polish Experience – Meeting with Marek Safjan, Polish lawyer, judge, expert in civil law, former President of the Constitutional Tribunal

Moderator: Marcin Celiński – Liberté! magazine

17:30 – 19:00 “Populism and the Threats for Democracy in the Region” – Panel discussion

  • Mateusz Kijowski – leader and founder of the Committee for the Defense of Democracy;
  • Oksana Zabuzhko – Ukrainian novelist, poet, essayist, and public intellectual;
  • Maciej Nowicki – Newsweek;

Moderator: Leszek Jażdżewski – Liberté! magazine

19:00 – 20:30 “Culture Congress – What Next?” – Inauguration of the Polityka‘s Salons

  • Edwin Bendyk – Polityka weekly;
  • Przemysław Czapliński – Institute of Polish Philology, Adam Mickiewicz University
  1. Dzielnica (102 Piotrkowska Street, Łódź)

18:00-19:30 “Actual and Symbolic Travels” – Meeting with Joanna Bator, Polish writer and columnist

Moderator: Jakub Wiewiórski – Director of the Man in Danger festival

22:30 Concert: Hańba!



Entrance to all events is free of charge upon an online registration: http://igrzyskawolnosci.pl/zapisz-sie-na-igrzyska-wolnosci-2016/

Partners of the event: City of Lodz Office, Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, Open Society Foundations. Media patronage: Gazeta Wyborcza, Tok FM, Polityka. Program partners: Civic Development Forum (FOR Foundation), Committee for the Defence of Democracy, Centre of French Culture and Francophone Studies in Poland, 4liberty.eu, Bronisław Geremek Foundation, Boris Nemtsov Foundation for Freedom, The Faculty of International and Political Studies of the University of Lodz Graduates’ Association.

Industrial Foundation, the published of the Liberté! magazine is the Organizer of the event.

Find out more: igrzyskawolnosci.pl/en