Global
Side events

Alongside the Global Forum, several activities will take place in Lucerne. Here’s an overview for you:

OMNIBUS for Direct Democracy

OMNIBUS for Direct Democracy is a self-governing, non-profit cultural company. As a citizens' initiative, its participants work completely independently of political parties. The current bus travels through Germany and Europe with the aim of introducing direct democracy at the federal level, or reforming it where it already exists, and providing assistance in ongoing procedures. During summer it visits schools, universities, enterprises, and public spaces, and helps with the process of spreading information and collecting signatures for popular initiatives.

Everyone can visit the OMNIBUS during the whole conference and talk to the people who have been on tour with it for many years. You can meet Werner Küppers, who is the captain now for 22 years.

European Public Sphere

The European Public Sphere is a project that answers basic European questions regarding the future of democracy and society. It provides an open space for discussion by setting up The Europe Dome in public places and giving room for the ideas of individuals such as groups and organisations. The goal is not just to exchange arguments and concepts but to initiate concrete actions. The European Public Sphere is structured around four lead questions:

  • How do we want to shape our communities in the 21st century?
  • Which big ideas are out there for European democracy?
  • What is the role of education, science and the arts in Europe?
  • What can a sustainable and social way of economy and money look like?

Theaterkids

"Fought like a lion"

The Theaterkids Luzern will perform the youth play "Fought like a Lion" on Sunday, September 25 at 10:30 a.m. under the direction of Simona Baumgartner and Walti Mathis. Many people know the Lucerne Lion Monument. But what does it stand for? What does it still have to tell us today? In 1792, the children Franz and Eva are recruited by the French royal court and get caught up in the turmoil of the French Revolution. Will France become their new home? The Theaterkids tell us the story behind the stone lion in a fast-paced and touching youth play for all ages.

 

Democracy Yoga

At this year’s Global Forum Elisabeth Kaufmann will offer eight free yoga breaks of 15 or 30 minutes length, to help you wind down and connect to your body and mind, so that you’re well prepared to further discuss democracy issues. We will do relaxing yoga exercises standing and sitting on a chair. You don’t need any special clothing. Just come as you are! Elisabeth is a global Yoga Alliance certified yoga teacher and teacher trainer. She runs her own yoga studio in Arboga, the birthplace of democracy in Sweden, and has written a book about yin yoga (in Swedish: Lilla Positionsboken). Elisabeth is also active as an elected member of the Culture Commission in the City of Arboga and chairs the local Green Party. Read more about Elisabeth here: https://ayya.se/arboga-yin-yoga-academy/

 

 

15:00-15:30    Welcome yoga      

Location: European Public Sphere, Bahnhofstrasse 5 Lucerne                           

Session by Elisabeth Erlandsson Kaufmann 

 

 

10:30-12:00 – Dome Talk: Democracy, Switzerland and Europe

Location: European Public Sphere, Bahnhofstrasse 5 Lucerne 

 

11:00-11:15    Quick yoga break

Location: Neubad terrace

 

13:00-13:15    Quick yoga break    

Location: Neubad, Pool

 

14:00-14:30    Lunchtime yoga break     

Location: Neubad, Pool

 

15:00-16:30 – Dome Talk: The future of Europe from a peace perspective

Location: European Public Sphere, Bahnhofstrasse 5 Lucerne                           

Each talk will be introduced by Andi Gross, former member of the National Council and Council of Europe for the SP from St. Ursanne JU, where the political scientist, publicist and author heads the Atelier for Direct Democracy. As a foreign policy expert, he was responsible for dozens of reports from crisis areas and participated in around 100 election observations throughout Europe.

 

15:30-15:45    Quick yoga break     

Location: Neubad, Pool

 

17:00-17:15    Quick yoga break     

Location: Neubad, Pool

 

18:00-18:30    Evening yoga break     

Location: Laboratorium

 

10:30 – 11:30 Direct Democracy and Basic Income in the Ecological Future – Workshop Omnibus

Location: OMNIBUS for Direct Democracy, Bahnhofstrasse 5 Lucerne 

Which role can direct democracy play in building an ecological society? In particular, how can we guide the flow of money through voting in such a way that it is ecologically consistent? The direct-democratic introduction of an unconditional basic income could be an example. It would result in nobody having to do work that is superfluous or even harmful. Everyone could develop their skills in a meaningful way and use them to shape society. How can the basic income be financed?

  • Kurt Wilhelmi, OMNIBUS for Direct Democracy

  • Michael von der Lohe, OMNIBUS for Direct Democracy

 

14:00-14:30 Snow White - puppet show for children from 3 years and adults

Location: European Public Sphere, Bahnhofstrasse 5 Lucerne 

With  Regula Trutmann and Edith Schelbert-Bisig of Theater Suedwind

 

15:30-16:00 Snow White - puppet show for children from 3 years and adults

Location: European Public Sphere, Bahnhofstrasse 5 Lucerne 

With  Regula Trutmann and Edith Schelbert-Bisig of Theater Suedwind

 

 

10:00-10.30 Snow White - puppet show for children from 3 years and adults

Location: European Public Sphere, Bahnhofstrasse 5 Lucerne 

With  Regula Trutmann and Edith Schelbert-Bisig of Theater Suedwind

 

11:30-12.00 Snow White - puppet show for children from 3 years and adults

Location: European Public Sphere, Bahnhofstrasse 5 Lucerne 

With  Regula Trutmann and Edith Schelbert-Bisig of Theater Suedwind

 

15:00-15:30    Afternoon yoga break     

Location: European Public Sphere, Bahnhofstrasse 5, Lucerne

 

10:40-11:30    Performance by the Lucerne Theaterkids – “Fought like a Lion”

Location: Marianischer Saal, Bahnhofstrasse 18 Lucerne - German language