The Magic Mountain Revisited

Cultivating the Human Spirit in Dispirited Times

Saturday 21 September 2019, 9.15 AM – 5.00 PM, National Opera & Ballet Amsterdam

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‘To create intellectual clarity about life itself’ – that was Thomas Mann’s ambition with his masterpiece The Magic Mountain. In the spirit of its founding novel, the Nexus Institute has been bringing together the foremost thinkers and artists from all over the world for the past 25 years. To celebrate our 25th anniversary, the Nexus Symposium 2019, ‘The Magic Mountain Revisited’, will revolve around the themes and music from The Magic Mountain.

As if Settembrini and Naptha were alive today, Bernard-Henri Lévy and Aleksandr Dugin will face off on stage as defenders of the Enlightenment and anti-Enlightenment. In a second debate, prominent intellectuals and artists will discuss life and death, culture and politics, followed by music from the Magic Mountain performed by the world-famous tenor Ian Bostridge. Finally, a panel of young artists and activists will discuss what all of this means for their generation: what kind of Bildung are they getting, what choices can they make, what challenges lie ahead for the future?

Standard ticket € 70
Nexus members € 40
Youth € 20
Connect members € 15
Nexus Friends free
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9.15 Welcome Rob Riemen

9.30 Debate Bernard-Henri Lévy and Aleksandr Dugin

10.30 Intermission

11.00 First panel discussion

12.45 Lunch

13.30 Muziek Ian Bostridge (vocals) and Saskia Giorgini (piano)

14.15 Second panel discussion

16.00 End of regular program

17.00 End