International conferences titled "What do we believe in?"




The first conference titled "What do we believe in?" within the Face to Faith project, took place on Tuesday the 2nd of March 2021, between 9:30 am and 4:30 pm and it was hosted in English. Due to the epidemic, the conference happened online on Zoom. 


During the conference, we were wondering how theatrical and cultural communities in different parts of Europe and Israel think about faith. We were discussing and asking questions that were actively engaging the audience, sharing our thoughts and trying to create scenarios for the future. 




The program of the first conference:
➤ 9.30 – 12.30
Communicates from the community - statements and reflections of people from different communities about faith and beliefs. A look at Europe (and more). A video showing, discussion.
12.30 – 14.00
Lunch break
➤ 14.00 – 16.30
Interactive actions and discussions in smaller groups.


Speakers: Paweł Sztarbowski (Teatr Powszechny in Warsaw), Roy Chen (Gesher Theater in Tel Aviv), Felix Dornseifer and André Erlen (Sommerblut Kulturfestival e.V. in Germany), Stefano Tè and Caterina Gambetta (Teatro dei Venti in Modena), Michal Lang (Divadlo pod Palmovkou in Prague), Bozhena Pelenska (Jam Factory Art Center in Lviv), Elisa Itkonen and Johanna Tuukkanen (ANTI - Contemporary Art Festival in Kuopio), Renzo Francabandera (a journalist, critic, and curator of artistic and cultural events).





The second international meeting realized within the Face to Faith project, took place on the 28th of August in Lviv. The conference "What Do We Believe in? Faith as a Social Glue" was devoted to the double role of faith in modern societies – both, as a key tool building communities and trust, and as an important element creating a negative reverse of these attitudes. 


The metaphor of faith as a social glue shows how this inevitable human characteristic can unite people, motivate, inspire and create mutual trust. However, faith can also isolate communities, strengthen divisions, conflicts and distrust, it can be used as a tool of manipulation and abuse. We invited thinkers, philosophers, researchers, artists and all interested in these topics to reflect on faith and its social and political aspects.


faith_as_a_social_glue.jpg (full)


The program of the second conference:
➤ 10.00 – the opening performence: „Wiara jako spoiwo społeczne” (Faith as a social binder) by Iryna Starovoit
➤ Svitlana Chunikhina – „Teorie spiskowe i przesądy jako bańki społeczne” (Conspiracy theories and superstitions as social bubbles)
➤ Vakhtang Kebuladze – „Wiara, wierzenia i zaufanie – wymiary filozoficzne, psychologiczne i społeczno-polityczne” (Faith, beliefs and trust - philosophical, psychological, social and political dimensions)
➤ Jewhen Hlibowitycki – „Wiara jako wyzwanie zaufania” (Faith as a challenge of trust)
➤ 12.30 – panel discussion titled „Wiara jako spoiwo społeczne” (Faith as a social binder)
➤ 14.00 – lunch break
➤ 15.00 – group work
➤ 18.00 – conclusions  





Teatr Powszechny
im. Zygmunta Hübnera
ul. Jana Zamoyskiego 20
03-801 Warszawa
tickets 22 818 25 16
22 818 48 19