This year, the Meeting is titled Creative Resistance - Stories from the Edge of Freedom.
Approximately 250 writers, artists, activists, city officials and human rights defenders from all over the world are gathered in Amsterdam for the joint ICORN network meeting and PEN International Writers in Prison Committee conference. During the next days, the present situation for freedom of expression around the world will be assessed, and new and imaginative ways of confronting repressive regimes and authorities where basic human rights are under attack will be conceived.
The programme consists of both joint and separate sessions, including panel debates, workshops and public manifestations. Freedom after expression, political cartooning, digital security, short-term shelter for writers and artists at risk, the rise of anti LGBT legislation and the strife to combat impunity in Asia and Latin America are among the topics.
The Creative Resistance event is organised by ICORN and PEN International WiPC, hosted by Dutch PEN and the City of Amsterdam, and supported by Prince Claus Fund, the European Cultural Foundation, The Dutch Foundation of Literature, The Foundation for Democracy and Media, and The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands.