In ancient Greece, free speech and the critical discussion of social and political issues were a central part of public life. Great attention in the discussions was paid to political responsibility and one’s own speaking position within the community of city-states. However, it must be critically mentioned that only male citizens were considered part of this public sphere, which fortunately has been changed since then. Despite this apparent lack of inclusion, the verbal interaction with political issues in antiquity can be considered exemplary. Rhetoric, as the art to express oneself well, experienced enormous developing and was considered a serious form of art as well as a science. Plato, for example, developed his own philosophical method of conducting conversation, which was aimed at liberating the conversation partner from his or her errors and advancing knowledge.
Inspired by the art of speech, the HALLE FÜR KUNST Steiermark in cooperation with the Academic Forum for Foreign Affairs (AFA) offers a platform for the organization of a debating club on the topic My Europe: Democracy once and now. The aim is to focus on the culture of debate and free speech as an essential feature of democracy for young people. The event is aimed primarily at people under 30 who are interested in discussing and arguing together.
The AFA is an independent and non-partisan organization in Austria for all young people interested in international issues. HALLE FÜR KUNST Steiermark invites to free speech and public speaking in this open workshop.