“Overcoming Dictatorships – Encounter of Poets, Artists and Writers” is a program supported by the European Union, whose main purpose is to facilitate the intercultural exchange between artists, poets and writers from different ex-communist European countries. The participating countries are the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Poland, Hungary, and Romania. During the meetings that are organized in these countries, the participants have the chance to present their works, share their experiences from the communist period and discuss the ways in which their professional activities were influenced by communism. The result of the above-mentioned project will be an exhibition which will be presented first in Birmingham (UK) and then tour the participating countries. A volume comprising the works of the writers involved in the project will be published as well.

Furthermore, these meetings aim at eliminating prejudices and setting a strong basis for a better understanding between Eastern, Central and Western Europe.

The encounter in Bucharest (Romania), which was held in the interval 7-9 December 2007, followed the meetings in Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary. The event was organized by the Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes in Romania, Hannah Arendt Institute fur Totalitarismusforschung-Dresden, and Technische Universitat-Dresden. The workshop also benefited by the support of the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Bucharest and the Writers’ Union in Romania.