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Added: 04 April 2011 to Network News

KVS__2.jpgThe 2011 ICORN Network meeting was successfully accomplished in Brussels Thursday 24 - Sunday 27 March 2011. Convening together with PEN International WiPC and Halma under the very professional auspices of the Passa Porta Festival, the participant responses have been unanimously positive.

It started out with the Lord Mayor of Brussels' generous reception at the Town Hall on Thursday 24th, followed by a very impressive and to the point "Forbidden books" performance at La Tentation. A joint opening event sparked it all off on Friday 25th with speakers from all three organisations, the key speaker Tienchi Martin-Liao from the Independent Chinese PEN Centre presented her speak Is Jasmine a Chinese Flower? The opening event was followed by separate sessions; ICORN and Europe before, and Promotion and Participation after lunch. A big highlight followed that same evening: The launch of the Shahrazad - Stories for Life Letters to Europe project, through a fantastic performance for all senses, explored by a fully packed KVS Theatre.

Saturday 26th started with shared workshops on important and relevant issues, visa & migration, translation & publication, working with the EU, mobility & creativity and freedom of expression, followed by ICORN's last major session, Protection; challenges and expectations. During Sunday 27 March Brussels exploded in a big literary feast with more than 90 Passa Porta festival events at venues all over town. Many ICORN writers were performing, and the ICORN Network Meeting participants had a last chance to gain food for thought and afterthought before returning back home.

We will like to extend out thanks to our co-organisers in PEN International WiPC and Halma for making this joint event so successful, says ICORN director Helge Lunde, and first and foremost, to the Passa Porta Festival and House of Literature for being such a generous, dynamic and professional host.

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Brussels Mayor Freddy Thielemans addressing Halma, PEN WiPC and ICORN during his reception at the Town Hall of Brussels on Thursday 24 March
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The crowds are gathering in anticipation of the Letters to Europe performance at the KVS theatre on Friday 25 March
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The Passa Porta festival Forbidden Books event captured the mind of scores of attendants at La Tentation on Thursday 24 March
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Among the writers performing at the Letters to Europe event on Friday night (from left to right): Sasa Stanisic, Pierre Mertens, Pegah Ahmadi, John Ralston Saul and Salem Zenia


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