What is the Revolutionale
The „REVOLUTIONALE – Festival for Change“ is a project for strengthening democratic awareness in society and civil society engagement.
Initiated by the Foundation of the Peaceful Revolution, the REVOLUTIONALE aims to promote the work and networking of societal actors and to support international movements for democracy and freedom, in the spirit of the Peaceful Autumn Revolution of 1989.
The International Round Table has been taking place in Leipzig since 2017. In 2019, the conference was augmented by a festival of art and interaction, and it has since been named “REVOLUTIONALE – Festival for Change”.
With the REVOLUTIONALE, the Foundation of the Peaceful Revolution reminds us of the values for which people took to the streets in 1989 and wants to build on them. The issues and challenges facing civil society have changed, and thus the goals pursued at the time are to be transferred to the present. The REVOLUTIONALE is meant to broaden the scope for action towards social change in the spirit of a community of peaceful coexistence, solidarity, justice and shared responsibility.
International Round Table
The International Round Table is a conference on democracy and human rights that takes place every two years in Leipzig.
At the conference, NGO representatives and social activists from all over Europe and beyond discuss key social challenges, issues and problems of our time at various Round Tables.
The goal of the International Round Table is to bring people from different fields of activity in civil society together to exchange thoughts. The conference offers the participants space for networking and for planning joint actions.
The conference takes place around the time of 9 October and thus draws on the tradition of the large Monday demonstration on 9 October 1989 in Leipzig, which symbolizes the demand for democratic participation and is considered decisive for the course of the protests against the GDR regime and its fall.
The next International Round Table will take place in the autumn of 2023! We look forward to welcoming you to Leipzig then!
The Revolutionale Festival is a place for art and interaction. The “Festival for Change” carries the topics of the International Round Table into the society of the city of Leipzig by treating them artistically.
The Festival views itself as an “action accelerator” of the necessary transformations. Next to the conference of the International Round Table, it always becomes the artistic but also the participatory centre for issues and solutions of our time.
Based on the topics of the International Round Table, civil society is invited to discuss changes that are required from a socio-ecological and political perspective, to seek formats for shaping them and to take an active part.
In combining the formats of a conference and a festival, the entire REVOLUTIONALE project opened itself to the broader interested public in the inner city of Leipzig for the first time in 2019. The premises of the old Karstadt department store offered excellent opportunities for this.
In 2021, due to the pandemic a reduced programme took place in the Matthäikirchhof, which tried to centre and reassess the history of the place. In GDR times, this was the seat of the state security headquarters in Leipzig.
The next Revolutionale Festival is scheduled to take place in 2024.
Stiftung Friedliche Revolution (Foundation Of The Peaceful Revolution)
The Foundation of the Peaceful Revolution was founded in Leipzig in 2009 by active citizens from East and West Germany. Ever since, it has intervened and encouraged others to commit themselves to democracy, cultural diversity, non-violence and peace in the tradition of the Peaceful Revolution. Thereby, the Foundation not only wants to remind people of the historically outstanding events of the fall of 1989 in the GDR and of the developments in the neighboring countries of Central and Eastern Europe, but also to educate people about the character and dangers of totalitarian systems. The foundation stands for pluralism, the recognition of diversity, and a people-friendly economy. It is its declared goal to raise awareness for active participation in the democratic community.
The Revolutionale Team
Edith Bohl (International Round Table)
Henning Schindler (Accountant/ Finance)
Clemens Müller (International Round Table)
We are grateful to the Board of Directors for its active support.