Our guest Malek Wannous take part at the biannual Icorn’s Meeting in Amsterdam. Zero Zero cultural association is happy to contribute to the development of this important programme supportive for “freedom of expression” all over the world.
Best whishes to Malek, Icorn and “Pen International” for the success of the meeting.
Creative Resistance – Stories from the Edge of Freedom
The biannual ICORN Network Meeting & PEN
International WiPC conference, Amsterdam 26-28 May 2015
Main venue: De Brakke Grond, the Flemish Cultural Centre in Amsterdam
ICORN, the International Cities of Refuge Network
PEN International Writers in Prison Committee
Official hosts: The City of Amsterdam – Netherlands PEN
Tuesday 26 May
14:30 ICORN opening session:
The ICORN Network Meeting opens with welcome speeches, updates on network developments and interventions from guest writers/artists.
15:30 ICORN Speed dating session:
In a diverse and dynamic exchange of competences, experiences and challenges, selected ICORN guest writers, member cities and international cooperation partners are invited to present their work to the participants.
Invited organisations include: PEN International, Article 19, European Cultural Foundation, Justitia & Pax, Democracy & Media, Prince Claus Fund, Free Press Unlimited, etc.
19:30 Official opening reception.
The Mayor of Amsterdam Mr. Eberhard van der Laan welcomes all participants from ICORN and PEN International + invited partners and other guests
21:00 Creative Resistance public manifestation, with appeals, readings, artistic performances
Wednesday 27 May
09:30 – 12:30 Separate ICORN and PEN International WiPC sessions
09:30 – 11:00 ICORN plenary session
Presentation/follow up of ICORN Strategic plan 2014-2018, with special focus on extension of scope (artists, musicians, human rights defenders), and geographic expansion. Presentation of new member cities, guest writers/artists
11:15 – 12:30 ICORN workshop session
“The Arts of Hospitality”: Special session on benefits, challenges and cooperation options for ICORN member cities.
“Exit Strategies – New beginnings” On post placement options and challenges for writers, artists and human rights defenders.
Freedom after expression?: How to deal with effects of torture and traumas of persecution after reaching a safe haven?
14:00 – 14:30 Keynote Speech by UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression David Kaye
14:30 -15:45 Panel debate: Freedom of Expression under attack: In response to the keynote speech, with distinguished panelists.
16:00 – 17:30 PEN International/ICORN joint workshop session 1
After Charlie: What task, challenges and opportunities are cartoonists facing after 7 January 2015
Presentations by invited cartoonists; public debate
Shelter Unlimited: How to run and develop short term shelter for writers/ artists/ HRDs at risk, and how to learn from each other and cooperate beyond genres and borders
We are Journalists: Screening of new film by Ahmad Farahani on persecution of journalists and their struggle for freedom of expression in Iran
09:30 – 11:00 PEN International/ICORN joint workshop session 2
In Response to We are Journalists: Panel discussion on Freedom of expression in Iran and the wider Middle East
The Rise of anti-LGBT legislation & Freedom of Expression: Writer interventions, public discussion
Latin American and Asian writers on the frontline: Sharing strategies to combat impunity for attacks on writers and journalists.
13.30 – 14.30 “The Archive 1,336 – 1, 337”. Theatre performance by Hika &Valborg collective, featuring Ethiopian ICORN playwright Hika Dugassa and Valborg Frøysnes
14:30 – 16:00 ICORN separate session, summing up, future perspectives, closing of meeting
14:30 – 17:30 PEN International WiPC separate session
20:00 “The Prisoner” by Remah Jabr (Palestine/Belgium), optional theatre performance at main venue for remaining guests
More info: ICORN:ORG