FAQ Bregenzerwald 22 / Bregenzerwald Vorarlberg

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29.08. – 04.09. 2022

We ask ourselves the same questions over and over again. One of the most important is probably: why not?

If you want to find a way out of seemingly unsolvable problems, you need a spirit of research, a willingness to experiment and the courage to find unconventional solutions. Facing the question: why not?

In times of great crises and upheavals, the usual patterns of response and action often no longer help us. This year, the FAQ Bregenzerwald discourse festival examines questions such as how we can break out of habits, find solutions to apparently unsolvable problems and also muster the courage to go down these paths.

In the villages of the Bregenzerwald, surrounded by mountains, forests, lots of sky and clouds, the spirit becomes freer and open to unconventional ideas and thoughts.

This year’s FAQ Bregenzerwald addresses topics that affect many of us:

How do we deal with being alone?
Never before have so many people lived alone as they do today. At the same time, life without a partnership or family is perceived by many as a failure. Why actually? Isn’t it possible to lead a fulfilling life and be happy on your own? And if so how? Daniel Schreiber deals with these questions in his book “Alone” and tells of his journey into the field of tension between loneliness and freedom, retreat and closeness, self-determination and security. In an interview with Martin Pesl, Daniel Schreiber explores the many facets of this topic.

The podcast duo Jan and Vassili welcomes Martina Tiefenthaler as a guest in the podcast “Machiavelli – Rap und Politics” recorded live at FAQ Bregenzerwald. The fashion manager of the Balenciaga label is using this opportunity to visit her home in Vorarlberg and discuss origins, identity and fashion with the rapper RIN.

Franziska Schutzbach reads from her much-discussed book “The Exhaustion of Women”, which examines the exploitation of female existence in our capitalist world. The gender researcher and sociologist analyzes the pressure that social conventions and expectations put on women today and tells stories of women who rebel against it and want to change the system.

Alexandra Föderl-Schmid, editor-in-chief of Standard for many years, now in the editor-in-chief board of the Süddeutsche Zeitung, speaks to Turkish journalists, documentary filmmakers and long-time editor-in-chief of the Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet, who has been sentenced in absentia to 18 years in prison for allegedly publishing state secrets and supporting terrorism and now lives in political exile in Germany, about the value of freedom of opinion and the press and free and fair elections and what happens when these fundamental rights are violated.

ZDF moderator Claus Kleber talks to war correspondent and Grimme Prize winner Katrin Eigendorf, who has been reporting from numerous crisis areas around the world since the 1990s and most recently worked in Ukraine, about the places and moments where the course of the world is decided.

The extensive discourse program is embedded in a series of workshops, concerts and culinary offerings that invite everyone to take part. Why not?

FAQ Bregenzerwald 22
29.08. – 04.09. 2022
Bregenzerwald, various locations