dolní vítkovice, Ostrava, Czech republic
Forum Meltingpot will take place in the historical post-industrial area of Ostrava, Lower Vitkovice. Once called the Iron Heart of Europe, Ostrava offers an excellent setting for the forum. Over the past century, Ostrava underwent a metamorphosis unlike that of any other European city: from an industrial heartland of the Habsburg Empire, Communism of the twentieth century, and wild capitalism that marked the era following the Fall of the Berlin Wall, through its recent urban renaissance. Ostrava could tell stories of ideas that worked and ideas that did not. Deeply rooted in the tristate region of Moravia-Silesia, Ostrava offers a diverse and tolerant place for the exploration of the past and the present, and ultimately a peek into the future.