Index on Censorship » Events http://www.indexoncensorship.org the voice of free expression Mon, 22 Sep 2014 16:08:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=156 the voice of free expression Index on Censorship no the voice of free expression Index on Censorship » Events http://www.indexoncensorship.org/wp-content/uploads/powerpress/Free_Speech_Bites_Logo.jpg http://www.indexoncensorship.org/category/events/ Senegal: Frontline Freespeech Workshop, 2 Oct http://www.indexoncensorship.org/2014/09/senegal-frontline-freespeech-workshop/ http://www.indexoncensorship.org/2014/09/senegal-frontline-freespeech-workshop/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:04:02 +0000 http://www.indexoncensorship.org/?p=60290 Index on Censorship in association with ARTICLE 19, Senegal, invite you to a workshop to launch Frontline Freespeech, a pilot project seeking to amplify the voice of individuals under pressure. This workshop will bring together grassroots activists alongside leading free expression campaigners to share their recent experiences of censorship, to record and map current censorship […]

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Index on Censorship in association with ARTICLE 19, Senegal, invite you to a workshop to launch Frontline Freespeech, a pilot project seeking to amplify the voice of individuals under pressure.

This workshop will bring together grassroots activists alongside leading free expression campaigners to share their recent experiences of censorship, to record and map current censorship challenges and to build impactful free speech networks in Senegal.

A wide audience are expected to attend the workshop: campaigners, community leaders, network co-ordinators, human rights defenders, journalists, bloggers, artists, scholars and representatives of minority groups facing free expression challenges alongside key human rights organisations and independent media.

Thursday 2 October 2014
West African Research Center (WARC)
Street E x Leon Gontran Damas Fann
Residence, BP 5456 Dakar-Fann

To RSVP for this workshop please email Khadidiatou Diaw, Khadidiatou@article19.org, +221 33 869 03 22

Registration will close on Thursday 25 September 2014 | PDF

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Tunisia: Frontline Freespeech Workshop, 30 Sept http://www.indexoncensorship.org/2014/09/tunisia-frontline-freespeech-workshop-30-sept/ http://www.indexoncensorship.org/2014/09/tunisia-frontline-freespeech-workshop-30-sept/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:56:51 +0000 http://www.indexoncensorship.org/?p=60287 Index on Censorship in association with Article 19, Tunisia, invite you to a workshop to launch Frontline Freespeech, a pilot project seeking to amplify the voice of individuals under pressure. This workshop will bring together grassroots activists alongside leading free expression campaigners to share their recent experiences of censorship, to record and map current censorship […]

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Index on Censorship in association with Article 19, Tunisia, invite you to a workshop to launch Frontline Freespeech, a pilot project seeking to amplify the voice of individuals under pressure.

This workshop will bring together grassroots activists alongside leading free expression campaigners to share their recent experiences of censorship, to record and map current censorship challenges and to build impactful free speech networks in Tunisia.

A wide audience are expected to attend the workshop:campaigners, community leaders, network co-ordinators, human rights defenders, journalists, bloggers, artists, scholars and representatives of minority groups facing free expression challenges alongside key human rights organisations and independent media.

Tuesday 30 September 2014
Golden Tulip El Mechtel 3 Avenue Ouled
Haffouz | El Omrane, Tunis – Tunisia

To RSVP for this workshop please email Amira Cherif, amira.cherif@outlook.com, +21652479557

Registration will close on Tuesday 23 September 2014 | PDF

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India: Frontline Freespeech Workshop, 24 Sept http://www.indexoncensorship.org/2014/09/india-frontline-freespeech-workshop/ http://www.indexoncensorship.org/2014/09/india-frontline-freespeech-workshop/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:49:14 +0000 http://www.indexoncensorship.org/?p=60280 Index on Censorship in association with the Digital Empowerment Foundation, India, invite you to a workshop to launch Frontline Freespeech, a pilot project seeking to amplify the voice of individuals under pressure.

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Index on Censorship in association with the Digital Empowerment Foundation, India, invite you to a workshop to launch Frontline Freespeech, a pilot project seeking to amplify the voice of individuals under pressure.

This workshop will bring together grassroots activists alongside leading free expression campaigners to share their recent experiences of censorship, to record and map current censorship challenges and to build impactful free speech networks in India.

A wide audience are expected to attend the workshop: campaigners, community leaders, network co-ordinators, human rights defenders, journalists, bloggers, artists, scholars and representatives of minority groups facing free expression challenges alongside key human rights organisations and independent media.

Wednesday 24th September 2014
Business Management Academy, Bangalore

To RSVP for this workshop please email Avesta Choudhary, avesta@defindia.net, 011-26532786/87

Registration will close on Wednesday 17 September 2014 | PDF

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24 Sept: Free Banned Books Week Webinar http://www.indexoncensorship.org/2014/09/24-sept-free-banned-books-week-webinar/ http://www.indexoncensorship.org/2014/09/24-sept-free-banned-books-week-webinar/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:42:37 +0000 http://www.indexoncensorship.org/?p=60251 In this one-hour webinar, we will “travel” from London, to South Carolina, to Texas, to California, to talk with three activists about the problems they face and their efforts to un-ban books as well as Congresswoman Linda Sanchez about why their efforts are so important.

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Wednesday, September 24, 9am PT/12pm ET/5pm BST

In 2013, there were 307 reported requests for books to be removed from America’s libraries, potentially putting those volumes out of reach of students, readers, and learners of all types. While every corner of the map faces unique issues related to library censorship, these issues also catalyze passionate freedom-to-read advocates dedicated to getting the books back on library shelves. In this one-hour webinar, we will “travel” from London, to South Carolina, to Texas, to California, to talk with three activists about the problems they face and their efforts to un-ban books as well as Congresswoman Linda Sanchez about why their efforts are so important.

London, UK: Jodie Ginsberg, CEO of Index on Censorship, will start us off by discussing issues faced outside of the U.S. and how Index chooses to respond.

Charleston, South Carolina: We will then travel to Charleston — where the graphic novel Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel has been a flashpoint in a university funding controversy — to hear from Shelia Harrell-Roye, a committee member from Charleston Friends of the Library. With the 2014 Banned Books Week focus on graphic novels, Harrell-Roye will discuss what her group has been doing to support this critically acclaimed book.

Houston, Texas: Moving westward, we will travel to Houston to hear from Tony Diaz, author, radio host, and leader of El Librotraficante. Diaz is a champion for banned books and for ethnic studies textbooks in both Arizona and Texas.

This banned books journey will end in California where Congresswoman Linda Sánchez of the CA 38th District, will offer some closing remarks about why the freedom to read is so important for our nation’s future. Afterward, our very own Ed McBride will wrap up the conversation from Thousand Oaks, CA.

Wednesday, September 24, 9am PT/12pm ET/5pm BST

Registration is free, but spaces are limited. (Note: On the following screens you will be asked to set your timezone preferences, then click register on the third screen to reserve your spot.)

Planning to attend? Let your social space know about this important event using #FreetoRead14.

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Reserve tickets now: Autumn magazine debate 22 Oct http://www.indexoncensorship.org/2014/09/save-date-autumn-magazine-launch-22-oct/ http://www.indexoncensorship.org/2014/09/save-date-autumn-magazine-launch-22-oct/#comments Fri, 05 Sep 2014 08:23:45 +0000 http://www.indexoncensorship.org/?p=59977 Don't miss the launch of the autumn edition of the Index on Censorship magazine, where there will be lively, participatory discussion, interrogating and debating the question: Eyes Wide Shut? Will the future of journalism mean we are any better informed?

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Don’t miss the launch of the autumn edition of the Index on Censorship magazine, where there will be lively, participatory discussion, interrogating and debating the question: Eyes Wide Shut? Will the future of journalism mean we are any better informed? The discussion will tackle questions about whether changes within journalism will leave the public knowing more or less than they have in the past. Will new technologies bring us greater depth of information? Will news survive or will celebrity gossip take over? Will citizen journalism carry more weight than traditional TV channels?

The event will be chaired by columnist, author and Index Chairman David Aaronovitch, and introduced by Index on Censorship magazine editor Rachael Jolley.

Speakers include:

  • Richard Sambrook: professor of journalism and director of the Centre for Journalism at Cardiff University and former director of global news at the BBC.
  • Raymond Joseph: data journalist and former regional editor of the South African Sunday Times.
  • Rachel Briggs: director of Hostage UK and deputy director of the Institute of Strategic Dialogue.
  • Amie Ferris-Rotman: John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University and former senior correspondent for Reuters in Afghanistan.

WHEN: 630pm, Wednesday 22 October

WHERE: Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, London W2 1QJ (map)

Tickets are free but must be reserved, please click here to reserve your tickets.

See footage from the launch of the summer magazine here.

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Save the Date: ArtFreedomWales Symposium 27 Nov http://www.indexoncensorship.org/2014/09/27th-nov-artfreedomwales-symposium/ http://www.indexoncensorship.org/2014/09/27th-nov-artfreedomwales-symposium/#comments Thu, 04 Sep 2014 08:47:53 +0000 http://www.indexoncensorship.org/?p=59923 Join artists from all fields and working at all levels in Wales for an afternoon of participatory debate and open, honest discussion.

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ArtFreedomWales is part of Index on Censorship’s programme taking stock of the support for artistic expression across the arts sector in the UK and ArtFreedomWales focuses on the specific issues impacting on Welsh arts and culture.

Join artists from all fields and working at all levels in Wales for an afternoon of participatory debate and open, honest discussion.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Elen ap Roberts (Artistic Director, Pontio Centre of Arts and Innovation)
  • Dai Smith (Chair of Arts Council Wales)
  • Baroness Kay Andrews (Author of Tackling Poverty through Culture)
  • Lleucu Siencyn (CEO Literature Wales)
  • David Anderson (Director General of Museums Wales)
  • John McGrath (Artistic Director, National Theatre Wales)

 

WHEN: Thursday 27th November, 1pm – 6pm
WHERE: Chapter Arts Centre – Cardiff (Map/directions)
TICKETS: £5 contribution to costs, available from Chapter Arts Centre Box Office.

#ArtFreedomWales

 

ArtFreedomWales: Google Hangouts With Artists From Across Wales

In the lead up to this event, we’re hosting online discussions with artists from across Wales. The first, asking whether Wales is a centre for artistic free expression featured Tim Price, Lisa Jen, Kathryn Gray and Leah Crossley. Watch it here.

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The second, exploring the situation for artists working in Welsh featured Bethan Jones Parry, Arwel Gruffydd, Bethan Marlow, Mari Emlyn and Iwan Williams. Watch it here.

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Two further discussions will follow in late September and early October – check back here for details. Collectively, these discussions will inform the agenda for the #ArtFreedomWales symposium.

 

ArtFreedomWales: Why We Are Doing This.

“Freedom of expression is not self-perpetuating, but needs to be maintained by the constant vigilance of those who care about it.” Michael Scammell – Index on Censorship Magazine 1972

We believe that freedom of artistic expression lies at the heart of artistic practice. Support for artistic freedom allows the artist to push boundaries, to say what is not being said, to imagine the world differently, to act as critic and to speak truth to power. Artistic freedom of expression thrives on risk and experimentation, embracing controversy and diversity of opinion. And there is a vibrant and essential debate triggered by challenging art.

You only have to think of what happens to artists in societies that are not free… But even in countries where freedoms are upheld as a core principle, artistic freedoms are all too easily eroded by social, political and sometimes legal constraints.

 

ArtFreedom: The UK Programme so far.

In 2013 we held a conference in London ‘Taking the Offensive’ hosted by Jude Kelly at the Southbank Centre to identify and explore the social, political and legal controls that shape our cultural landscape. Nicholas Serota gave an insightful keynote speech and amongst the contributors were lawyer Anthony Julius, Professor Mona Sidiqui, Sir Hugh Orde (President of the Association of Chief Police Officers), Sally Tallant (CEO Liverpool Biennial) and Moira Sinclair (Executive Director of Arts Council England). You can read a report here.

In May 2014, we held a symposium in Belfast exploring these issues in Northern Ireland with playwright Martin Lynch giving an opening provocation to a morning of artist focused debate and discussion.

ArtFreedomWales is funded by Arts Council Wales as part of our UK wide programme looking at freedom of expression in the arts.

Arts Council of Wales supports this programme

Arts Council of Wales supports this programme

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26 August: Artists working in Welsh – opportunities and obstacles to expression? (Google Hangout, 11.30am) http://www.indexoncensorship.org/2014/08/26-august-artists-working-welsh-opportunities-obstacles-expression-google-hangout-11-30am/ http://www.indexoncensorship.org/2014/08/26-august-artists-working-welsh-opportunities-obstacles-expression-google-hangout-11-30am/#comments Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:15:52 +0000 http://www.indexoncensorship.org/?p=59790 Index on Censorship is delighted to announce the second in a series of online conversations about artistic freedom of expression in Wales. This conversation forms part of our ArtFreedomWales programme looking at how artistic freedom is regarded, debated and promoted across the arts sector in Wales – in the press, by the public, by funders […]

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Index on Censorship is delighted to announce the second in a series of online conversations about artistic freedom of expression in Wales.

This conversation forms part of our ArtFreedomWales programme looking at how artistic freedom is regarded, debated and promoted across the arts sector in Wales – in the press, by the public, by funders and policy makers.

Artists working in Welsh – opportunities and obstacles to expression? 

Online conversation with:

  • Mari Emlyn – Chief Executive Officer Galeri
  • Arwel Gruffydd – Artistic Director Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru
  • Bethan Jones Parry – Broadcaster, Journalist and Writer
  • Bethan Marlow – Playwright and Storyteller
  • Iwan Williams – Independent Creative Producer and Development Officer for Creadigol Mentrau Iaith Cymru

When: August 26th 11.30
Where: Take part in the Google Hangout here
Please note: this conversation will be in Welsh with an English summary at the end.

This is the second of four events on artistic freedom of expression in Wales that we are live-streaming, leading up to a national symposium at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff (27th November). You will be able to email and tweet questions to the panels during the discussion.

What are the issues in Wales? What are the opportunities? What are the obstacles? What has the right to freedom of expression got to do with Wales’ major cultural debates and policies: bi-lingualism, engaging young people and ethnically diverse voices, tackling poverty, maximising on new cultural infrastructure, having an international voice?

We want to hear from everyone producing and participating in the arts in Wales who has something to say about freedom of expression.

The first online conversation which took place in July featured Tim Price (playwright), Kathryn Gray (poet and writer), Lisa Jen (musician/actor/writer) and Leah Crossley (artist). See it here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNv1J0_jRQY

Arts Council of Wales supports this programme

Arts Council of Wales supports this programme

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26 Awst: Rhyddid Celf Cymru (Google Hangout, 11.30am) http://www.indexoncensorship.org/2014/08/rhyddid-celf-cymru/ http://www.indexoncensorship.org/2014/08/rhyddid-celf-cymru/#comments Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:12:39 +0000 http://www.indexoncensorship.org/?p=59061 Mae Index on Censorship yn falch o gyhoeddi y cyntaf o ddau ddigwyddiad mewn cyfres o drafodaethau ar-lein am ryddid mynegiant artistig yng Nghymru. Mae’r trafodaethau yn ran o raglen sydd yn edrych ar sut y mae rhyddid artistig yn cael ei ystyried, ei gefnogi, ei drafod a’i hyrwyddo ar draws y sector gelfyddydol, yn y cyfryngau, gan y cyhoedd, gan ariannwyr ac gan wnaethurwyr polisi yn y DU.

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artfreedomwales_welsh_logo Mae Index on Censorship yn falch o gyhoeddi yr ail ddigwyddiad mewn cyfres o drafodaethau ar-lein am ryddid mynegiant artistig yng Nghymru.

Mae’r trafodaethau yn ran o raglen sydd yn edrych ar sut y mae rhyddid artistig yn cael ei ystyried, ei gefnogi, ei drafod a’i hyrwyddo ar draws y sector gelfyddydol, yn y cyfryngau, gan y cyhoedd, gan ariannwyr ac gan wnaethurwyr polisi yn y DU.

Artistiaid yn gweithio yn y Gymraeg – cyfleon a rhwysterau i fynegiant.  

Trafodaeth ar-lein gyda:

  • Mari Emlyn – Cyfarwyddwraig Artistig Galeri.
  • Arwel Gruffydd – Cyfarwyddwr Artistig Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru.
  • Bethan JonesParryDarlledwraig, Newyddiadurwraig ac Ysgrifennwraig.
  • Bethan Marlow – Dramodwraig a Storïwraig.
  • Iwan Williams – Cynhyrchydd Creadigol Annibynol a Swyddog Datblygu Creadigol Mentrau Iaith Cymru.

Pan: Awst 26ain 11.30yb
Ble: Ymunwch yn y Google Hangout yma
Sylwer bydd y drafodaeth yn Gymraeg gyda chrynodeb Saesneg ar y diwedd.

Dyma’r ail o bedwar digwyddiad rydym yn eu ffrydio’n fyw yn ystod yr hafa fydd yn arwain at symposiwm am ryddid mynegiant artistig yng Nghymru yng Nghanolfan Celfyddydau Chapter, Caerdydd (27 Tachwedd). Bydd modd i chi anfon cwestiynnau drwy system holi ac ateb Google Hangout neu drydar y panelwyr yn ystod y drafodaeth.

Beth yw’r materion yng Nghymru? Beth yw’r cyfleon? Beth yw’r rhwystrau? Beth sydd gan ryddid mynegiant artistig i wneud gyda phrif drafodaethau celfyddydol a pholisiau – dwyieithrwydd, denu pobl ifanc a lleisiau ethnig amrywiol, ymdopi â thlodi, manteisio ar rwydweithiau diwylliannol newydd, meddu ar lais rhyngwladol?

Hoffem glywed gan bawb sydd yn cynhyrchu ac yn ymwneud â’r celfyddydau yng Nghymru ac sydd â rhywbeth i’w rannu am ryddid mynegiant. Bydd y trafodaethau hyn yn bwydo agenda y symposiwm yng Nghaerdydd a bydd pob un yn rhoi ffocws ar thema gwahanol y byddwn wedi ei ganfod yn ein hymchwil cychwynnol.

Cafodd y drafodaeth ar-lein gyntaf ei gynal ym mis Gorffennaf. Yn cymeryd rhan roedd y dramodydd Tim Price, y gantores, actores a’r ddramodwraig Lisa Jên, y bardd a’r ysgrifennwraig Kathryn Gray a’r artist gweledol Leah Crossley. Mae modd ei wylio yma https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNv1J0_jRQY 

Arts Council of Wales supports this programme

Arts Council of Wales supports this programme

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Recap Report: Draw the Line – Can art or journalism ever be terrorism? http://www.indexoncensorship.org/2014/08/recap-report-draw-line-can-art-journalism-ever-terrorism/ http://www.indexoncensorship.org/2014/08/recap-report-draw-line-can-art-journalism-ever-terrorism/#comments Thu, 07 Aug 2014 09:12:06 +0000 http://www.indexoncensorship.org/?p=59484 For July’s Draw the Line event, Index hosted a workshop in our offices to debate the question, “Can art or journalism ever be terrorism?” This daunting question provoked some interesting answers, delving deeper into the subject matter the group began to question how do we define art, journalism and terrorism? What do we expect the role of artists […]

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For July’s Draw the Line event, Index hosted a workshop in our offices to debate the question, “Can art or journalism ever be terrorism?” This daunting question provoked some interesting answers, delving deeper into the subject matter the group began to question how do we define art, journalism and terrorism? What do we expect the role of artists or journalists to be in society? And who decides this?

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Looking at both sides of the argument we presented the group with several different situations where artists or journalists had been censored and invited them to take part in a role-playing exercise where they had a go at playing both the person being censored and then subsequently the censor.

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By playing out these situations from either side of the debate, the group found that it became more and more difficult to say who was definitively right and wrong in each of these situations? Who had the more legitimate right to express themselves? We all agreed the bottom line, of course, should lie in the guarantee of basic human rights for all sides – perhaps as laid out in Article 10 of the Human Rights Act, Article 19 of the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights or America’s First Amendment.

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These discussions all finally lad into a formal debate with two teams arguing for and against the statement ”This house believes that art and journalism can be terrorism’.

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There was in the end no clear answer, but all of the group came away with many more questions of their own. As one participant said “there’s no black and white answer as I’d previously assumed”. All agreed that a wider debate was needed on the role art and journalism play in society, as well as more information on how that can and does differ all over the world.

Keep up with the debate on Draw the Line here and keep an eye out for our next event where we will be facing a new question and asking where do you draw the line on free speech?

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Contra Band: Censored songs from Brazil and the UK http://www.indexoncensorship.org/2014/07/contra-band-censored-songs-brazil-uk/ http://www.indexoncensorship.org/2014/07/contra-band-censored-songs-brazil-uk/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 06:40:39 +0000 http://www.indexoncensorship.org/?p=59255 Join Index and Up Projects tomorrow: Contra Band is a new commission, by Leah Lovett, which brings together musicians and audiences from Brazil and the UK for an experimental live performance of songs censored in both countries between 1964-1985.

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(Photo: Nina Pope for Contra Band)

(Photo: Nina Pope for Contra Band)

Contra Band is a new commission, by Leah Lovett, which brings together musicians and audiences from Brazil and the UK for an experimental live performance of songs censored in both countries between 1964-1985. These dates mark the duration of the military dictatorship in Brazil

Contra Band Tours – Saturday 26th July (6-7pm & 8-9pm)

Audiences are invited on a floating journey, whilst we connect to a live link up with CASA 24, an artist led venue based in Rio De Janeiro. Musicians in both venues will attempt to learn, play and understand their counter parts censored songs.

Contra Band Talk – 3.30-4.30pm

Artist Leah Lovett will be joined by Julia Farrington and Melody Patry from Index on Censorship for a discussion examining issues of cultural censorship within Brazil, explored in Lovett’s new live performance Contra Band for The Floating Cinema. The talk will take place at Kings Place.

Lovett draws on her experience of collaborating with musicians both in London and Rio de Janeiro, and will share her research into cultural creative strategies which respond to political instability and creative invisibility during the Brazilian military regime. Index on Censorship will examine the current challenges facing online freedom of expression, exploring the country’s growing profile in global internet governance debates and the potential consequence of its domestic internet policies.

Index on Censorship is an international organisation that defends and promotes the rights to freedom of expression. The inspiration of poet Stephen Spender, Index was founded in 1972 to publish the untold stories of dissidents behind the Iron Curtain. Today this organisation fights for free speech, challenging censorship globally whenever and wherever it occurs.

Leah Lovett is an artist and writer currently researching a PhD at the Slade, UCL, with support from the AHRC. Her project investigates the spatial politics of Brazilian theatre director Augusto Boal’s invisible theatre as a means of opening up questions and possibilities for her own performance-based practice.

BOOKING DETAILS

Talk: BOOK HERE Free (booking essential) – 15.30 – 16.30 (taking place at Kings Place)

Tour Tickets: BOOK HERE £5.00; £3.00 conc. – timings 18.00 or 20.00 (on-board The Floating Cinema)

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