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Nexus Conference 2019
Sunday 10 November

The Ring or
What Will
Rule the World?

The Ring: it is a symbol of limitless power and riches, corrupting the mighty and keeping the masses in servitude. In Der Ring des Nibelungen – Wagner’s four-part opera masterpiece – this old, corrupt world goes up in flames to make way for a new world of brotherhood, beauty and love. But what will guide us when the old gods, values and traditions have been destroyed? What will a new world order look like?

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The Ring: it is a symbol of limitless power and riches, corrupting the mighty and keeping the masses in servitude. In Der Ring des Nibelungen – Wagner’s four-part opera masterpiece – this old, corrupt world goes up in flames to make way for a new world of brotherhood, beauty and love. But what will guide us when the old gods, values and traditions have been destroyed? What will a new world order look like?

Programme
Speakers
World-famous soprano
AI Expert
Musicologist
Writer
Former director of the Dutch Opera
journalist and writer
Human rights activist
US Admiral & former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Venture capitalist and critic of liberalism
Author of The Silk Roads
Political scientist and Wagner expert
Former president European Commission
Politician, intellectual and moral philosopher
Jewish-American public intellectual

Introductory essay

When he started working on his Ring des Nibelungen in 1848, the year of revolution, Wagner was convinced that a new civilization, a new world order can only come about if the old world is first destroyed, if a true Götterdämmerung takes place.

Rob Riemen

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In pictures

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Amsterdam, 10 november 2019 Nexus-conferentie The Ring of What Will Rule the World. foto: Dolph Cantrijn
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Amsterdam, 10 november 2019 Nexus-conferentie The Ring of What Will Rule the World. foto: Dolph Cantrijn
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Amsterdam, 10 november 2019 Nexus-conferentie The Ring of What Will Rule the World. foto: Dolph Cantrijn
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Amsterdam, 10 november 2019 Nexus-conferentie The Ring of What Will Rule the World. foto: Dolph Cantrijn
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Amsterdam, 10 november 2019 Nexus-conferentie The Ring of What Will Rule the World. foto: Dolph Cantrijn

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