Turning against Orban: how to fight authoritarianism

Vrijdenkersfestival 2023

Programme editor
Programme editor
Together with author and politician Zsuzsanna Szelényi, we’ll discuss the turn that Hungary has taken towards conservatism and authoritarianism. When did the decline in women’s- and LGBTIQ+ rights start, how is that a bigger part of the turn that the whole of Europe is taking at the moment, and what can we do?

Zsuzsanna Szelényi is a Hungarian author, politician, and foreign policy expert. She is the Director of the Democracy Institute Leadership Academy for Central and Eastern Europe. Her book Tainted Democracy, Viktor Orban and the Subversion of Hungary was published in 2022. She served as Member of the Parliament (MP) from 1990 to 1994 (Fidesz) and from 2014 to 2018 (Together).

Freethinker Festival is part of Amsterdam 750 years. On 27 October 2025, Amsterdam will be 750 years old and in the run-up to this milestone, various programmes, including Freethinker Festival, will be organised to celebrate.


Zsuzsanna SzelényiHungarian author, politician, foreign policy expert.