Cities are ambivalent places. Millions of people move to cities from the country, including artists of all kinds. But many of the great urban sprawls are barely controllable or governable, and life in the city can become a daily challenge. What happens to the creativity under such circumstances? Do megacities inspire creative potential? May they even act as incubators for new forms of artistic interaction?
This is the backdrop for ICORN rapper Khaled Harara and political caricaturist Mana Neyestani's meeting at this year's Frankfurt Book Fair. The artists are to give their views and experiences on the subject "Ungovernable cities: incubators for creativity?" from noon until 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 11, at the Weltempfang – Centre for Politics, Literature and Translation, Hall 5.0 E 81 Stage. Chair of the ICORN Board, Peter Ripken, is to lead the event, which will feature talk, caricatures and rap.
Khaled Harara (Palestine/Sweden) is a politically engaged rapper from Gaza. He has organized several youth workshops on the Gaza Strip and is currently the ICORN guest writer in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Mana Neyestani (Iran/France) is an Iranian cartoonist and political caricaturist. He worked in Iran under rigid religious restrictions until 2006 when he fled his home country following 50 days of imprisonment. Mana Neyestani is a previous ICORN guest writer.
The event will be held in German and English and is organized in collaboration with ICORN and Litprom – Society for the Promotion of African, Asian and Latin American literature.
The Frankfurt Book Fair is the world’s largest book fair. This year's Fair takes place from October 8.-12. and has chosen Finland as its guest of honour. The Weltempfang is a joint venture of the German Federal Foreign Office and the Frankfurt Book Fair. This year’s focus for the Weltempfang at the Frankfurt Book Fair is Urban Life and Megacities.
More information on the Book Fair.