More than 100 events will commemorate the Velvet Revolution

Project creators renamed revolution as evolution.

Exhibition in BratislavaExhibition in Bratislava (Source: TASR)

The Velvet Revolution is turning into evolution. That is the main idea of the project conducted by the Milan Šimečka Foundation to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the fall of the communist regime.

The project creators said that the manifesto of November ’89, signed 30 years ago on November 20, is still alive today. The creators changed the original version a little to show its accuracy for the current age.

“The play with the word (r)evolution is to alert young people that the November 1989 demands are still valid and it is necessary to advocate for them,” the creators said, as quoted by the press release.

The manifesto signed in Bratislava is still unknown to the majority of society. The Velvet Evolution campaign wants to change this.

100 events

The anniversary of the revolution will be celebrated in many towns around Slovakia. Besides the official events in the capital, the project put together a database of more than 100 events and more will be added. There will be festivals, student events, town initiatives, concerts, discussions, theatre and exhibitions from Humenné, Trebišov, Banská Štiavnica, Spišská Nová Ves, Bardejov, Žilina, Piešťany, Trnava to Bratislava.

The website wants to also symbolically emphasise how varied and active civic societies are in recalling recent Slovak history.

Nina Galanská, director of the foundation, explained that the foundation was established in 1991 to help develop civic society and education about human rights and democracy.

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“Currently, we worked mainly with schools and young people, generations that did not experience the era before the Velvet Revolution,” she said, as quoted by the press release. “We try to actively work with the November ’89 message in regards to young people who will take up the task to recall and develop it.”

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