From the 9 to the 17of October, the New School in Strašnice, which until now has been closed for 15 years, as well as the adjacent garden, will turn into a unique center of culture and gathering.
The festival 4+4 Days in Motion follows its goal to culturally enliven non-traditional spaces like previously done at the sewage treatment plant in Prague-Bubeneč, ČKD factory halls, a former brewery in Holešovice, Desfours Palace, and others.
The anniversary 25th edition of 4+4 Days in Motion focuses on the presentation of local artists and the topic of education. Unexpected changes our society has been undergoing are also reflected in the festival’s motto Everything is Different. As the organizers say:
“We were hesitating whether we would maintain the original international programme, but as the situation was getting worse, we focused on Czech artists and international artists based in the Czech Republic. We have also decided to minimalize the movement of viewers, thus the festival will take place in one venue, using the vast school garden. Inspiration by school is reflected in the dramaturgy, which employs different points of view to analyze the relationships among society, culture, and education.”
The festival will offer visual arts, theatre premieres, dance performances, workshops, discussions, lectures, walks, as well as the special programme dedicated to education and teaching, including the adventure lessons with the best Czech teachers and the conference Who is the Teacher Here?
On the subject of the future of education, the conference will primarily focus on the general public interested in education, mostly pupils’ parents. The aim is to reflect the current state of the education system in the Czech Republic and to indicate possible future trends. The conference will try to find answers to questions concerning the skills the children will need in the future and the limits of on-line education, digitalization, etc. The festival will also host programs for schools and the general public.
For more information about the festival and a full program you can visit their Facebook page here.