The name of the festival is Fristadsfestivalen (City of Refuge festival). It started off on 28 November and continues through 6 December with poetry, music, dance, workshops, literary cafes and much more.
With a new festival for literate creative young people, coupled with established Swedish writers and ICORN guest writers, Uppsala celebrates freedom of expression between 3-6 December.
During the next four days they will be engaging in workshops, readings, theatre performances, and debates. Some of the ICORN guest writers participating in the festival are Sedigheh Vasmaghi, Iran, Uppsalas current guest writer, Noufel Bouzeboudja, Algeriet, Denmarks first guest writer, Basim Mardan, Irak, guest writer in Skien and Naeimeh Doostdar, Iran, guest writer in Malmø. One of the initiators of the festival is Anisur Rahman, previous guest writers in Uppsala.
On 5 December a conversation about the ICORN cities of refuge will take place with Noufel Bouzeboudja, Naeimeh Doostdar, Sedigheh Vasmaghi, Basim A. Mardan och Kristian Carlsson, chaired by Fredrik Elg.
Please find programme and biographies on Literaturcentrum.se
(Partly in Swedish/partly in English)
In February 2014, Uppsala follows up with a major conference tiltled Freedom of expression – a precondition for peace?