The annual NeverMore 68 festival, centered around themes of freedom and truth, this year adopts the subtitle “d e z i n f o r m a t i o n.”

The aim is to engage in candid and factual discussions about historical events, both ancient and recent, ensuring they are remembered accurately and not distorted.

The second edition of the cultural and social festival is scheduled for August 21st, marking the 55th anniversary of the occupation of former Czechoslovakia. The event will unfold from 16:00 to 22:00 at the Exhibition Grounds.

NeverMore 68 encompasses a series of concerts, discussions, exhibitions, and screenings, and, above all, serves as a platform for communal dialogue and the celebration of freedom and truth.

Czech Radio’s Director of News and Editor-in-Chief of Radiožurnál, Ondřej Suchan, reflects, “August 21st holds deep significance for Czech Radio, not only due to Czechoslovak Radio’s pivotal role during the early hours and days of the occupation. Commemorating these events is crucial.”

Esteemed guest Alexey Makarov, a Russian historian, and archivist, has confirmed his participation. He specializes in Soviet history from 1953 to 1987, particularly during the “thaw” and “stagnation” periods. His work centers on the dissident movement and samizdat.

Mr. Makarov will address the current Russian political and media landscape and delve into questions surrounding the Czechoslovakia occupation, including its portrayal in Russian textbooks, during a podcast session in the afternoon. Disinformation assumes the spotlight in the podcast tent.

The festival’s program and panel discussions also involve organizations like Gulag.cz, Against Memory Loss, Decommunization,.z.s., the Museum on the Demarcation Line in Rokycany, and Political Prisoners.cz.

Exhibits span thematic photographs and substantial artifacts, including a T-55 tank once part of the occupying forces.

Admission to the event is free of charge.