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SPEAK 2019

SPEAK 2019/ Selfcritical Conversations on festival, culture and society

Thursday- Saturday, the festival will have a series of conversations i different hairdressers in Helsingør.

The conversations will be hosted by the French philosopher GUILLAUME PAOLI in collaboration with the Swedish acitivist AMERICA VERA-ZAVALA.

The conversations will revolve aorund our modern cultural divide in society between those wh participate and those who do not. Aorund the distances between rich and poor, Trump fans and vegans.

During the last decades, culture has undergone an enormous development: From being a relatively free, independent part of society and the market towards a position in society as an instumental value – especially art festivals.

speak programme

11:00 SALON 2000, Sudergade 1A

11:00 SALON QUIST, Sct. Olaigade 29

11:00 YOUNG HAIR, Sct Olai Gade 43

14:00 FEMINIST  ARTISTIC STRATEGIES  (Venue TBC. Check in at www.passagefestival.nu or follow us at Facebook.)



Guillaume Paoli (*1959) is a German-writing French author and philosopher. He has lived in Berlin since 1992.

He was house philosopher at the Leipziger Theater, and  organised a series of discussions in the Red Salon of the Volksbühne in Berlin. At the end of the 1990s Paoli achieved a certain level of recognition as a theorist of the “Glückliche Arbeitslose” (Happy Unemployed) and co-editor of the magazine, “müßiggangster”. In 2003 he joined the ranks of the self-employed as a demotivation trainer.

From 2008 to 2013 he worked at Leipzig’s Centraltheater as “national and perhaps first international house philosopher”. He was head here of the “Prüfgesellschaft für Sinn und Zweck” and ran an enthusiastically attended “philosophical practice”. Today he is a freelance publicist and speaker.

His writings address the topics of the laziness theory, anti-economics, anthropology, social history, bee research, liberalism criticism, architecture, theatre and reconstruction.



America Vera-Zavala. Pressbilder. Foto: Elin Berge/MOMENT


Swedish politician and political writer of Chilean-Peruvian descent. She is a member of the Left Party. She is active in the “Global Justice Movement” and was also one of the founders of the Swedish section of ATTAC in 2001.

Vera-Zavala has written on participatory democracy and globalisation and is a strong voice on feminism.

She will further host a conversation with female artists featured at PASSAGE Festival 2019