As part of our cooperation with off biennale Budapest and with view to the Leipzig exhibition (February 9 – June 24, 2018) at the GfZK, we are happy to invite you to the lecture on the children’s republic Gaudiopolis, held in English by curator Katalin Székely from OSA – Open Society Archive Budapest.
The lecture and Q+A take place on Friday, from 2-4 pm, at the GfZK library. The entrance is free!
Gaudiopolis (1945–1951), the „City of Joy”, was a Children’s Republic founded in the aftermath of WW2 in Budapest by Lutheran pastor Gábor Sztehlo. His orphanage provided shelter and home for hundreds of children who lost their parents to the war, regardless of their religion, social background or nationality. Children dwellers of the “City of Joy” formed their own government, elected their representatives and adopted laws to apply to everybody (including their teachers). This community set out to learn democracy anew and maintained the republic in the spirit of hope, trust, compassion, generosity, responsibility, perseverance, courage, and care. Katalin Székely will present current research on Gaudiopolis and it’s importance for this year’s OFF Biennale.
Gaudiopolis – Attempts at a Joyful Society is a collaboration between GfZK and OFF Biennale Budapest, funded by The German Federal Cultural Foundation.