6 June: Artistic censorship in repressive regimes

Panel discussion including acclaimed singers and a past Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Award winner Mahsa and Marjan Vahdat alongside Natalia Koliada, co-founder of Belarus Free Theatre, and Lisa Peschel of the University of York who has recently rediscovered extensive archival material of performances, scripts and revues performed in the Nazi ghetto Terezinstadt. The event will be chaired by Julia Farrington of Index on Censorship.

The panel will be asked to explore from their personal and political perspective different aspects of freedom of expression in repressive regimes; the interface between artistic inspiration and life in repressive regimes, and the role of the media in terms of raising awareness of the increasing restrictions placed on artists to curb freedom of expression.

When: Saturday 6 June 2015, 5.00pm to 6.15pm
Where: National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, YO1 9TL (map)
Tickets: Free admission. Booking required. Additional information: 01904 658338.

PAST EVENT: Freedom of speech and investigative journalism

Thursday 18 November 2010, 6.15pm

Hosted by the Department of Theatre, Film and Television on the Heslington East campus

Greg Dyke now chancellor of the University of York will chair a panel of leading industry experts, including:

  • Ian Bloom (Partner, Head of Corporate and Media at Ross & Craig)
  • Helen Boaden (Director of News, BBC)
  • Dr David Levy (Director of the Reuters Institute for Journalism at the University of Oxford)
  • Steve Richards (Chief Political Commentator at The Independent)
  • Simon Singh (author, journalist, TV producer)

The debate will open to the audience, with opportunities for questions and input.

Reserve tickets by contacting Nik Miller on [email protected]

Location: Theatre Film and Television building, Heslington East

Telephone: 01904 432622