Join us for an evening discussion on Shakespeare and free speech in the arts!
As freedom of speech in the arts, journalism and other mediums face significant challenges today, this event will explore the historic power of the arts in challenging power and promoting free speech. Using the lens of Shakespeare, we will consider the various ways his work has been used over the years to channel dissent, and how the arts allow for greater freedoms of speech in modern society. In partnership with the global freedom of expression organization Index on Censorship, this event will feature readings by 2016 Forward Prize winner and Trinidadian-British poet Vahni Capildeo and a panel discussion with renowned theatre director Dominic Dromgoole.
This program is part of Shakespeare Lives, a global program celebrating the continuing resonance of Shakespeare around the world led by the British Council and the GREAT Britain Campaign. The global program officially ended in 2016, but some activities will continue in the USA and worldwide in 2017.
About the PEN World Voices Festival 2017
Founded by Salman Rushdie in 2004 and produced annually by PEN America, PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature is the only international literary festival with a human rights focus. PEN World Voices has presented over 1,700 literary luminaries and emerging voices from 118 countries speaking 56 languages to over 125,000 audience members since 2004. The 2017 PEN World Voices Festival will gather more than 100 writers and artists brought in from all over the world together with the United States’ leading literary and cultural luminaries to address this year’s theme of gender and power to explore the most pressing issues of the day – freedom of expression, international conflict, immigration and displacement, genocide, mass incarceration, race, policing, and women’s equality.