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6th Passion for Freedom Festival

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6th Passion for Freedom Festival

Time: November 5, 2014 to November 15, 2014
Location: Embassy Tea Gallery, 195-205 Union Street, London SE1 0LN
Website or Map: http://www.passionforfreedom.…
Event Type: arts, festival
Organized By: Alan Lake
Latest Activity: Nov 1, 2014

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Festival’s programme

Tues 11 Nov 6.30 -9 pm: Film screening followed by Panel Discussion

‘Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus’

Thurs 13 Nov 6.30-9pm:  Film Screening followed by Panel Discussion

‘The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story Of Aaron Swartz’

Sat 15 Nov 6.30 – 9pm: Closing night

‘Freedom Short, Music and Teasers With ‘Ai Weiwei: The FAke Case’ bonus clips

The art competition is organised by Passion for Freedom, an independent group of friends standing up for freedom of speech and artistic expression.

The annual international festival is a rare collection of works of “courageous artists” in the categories of film, photography, painting, sculpture, publications, journalism, book, performance and other forms of artistic expression. So far the competition has featured hundreds artists from all over the world, including Sarah Maple, Steve Rosenthal, Robb Leech, Firoozeh Bazrafkan, Mehdi-Georges Lahlou among others.

“Brave” artists from around the world such as Ai Weiwei (who spent three months in prison and is banned from contacting the media), Jafar Panahi (several times arrested on charges of propaganda against the Islamic Republic), Johan van der Dong (no galleries in Europe have courage to show his work for the fear of attacks), Ferri Farahmandi, Azadeh Behroozi and many others, showed their works at the PFF festival and still have the courage to create despite the threat to their lives and the safety of their family. Some are forced to hide behind a nickname, others withdraw their works or self-censor themselves to avoid “offending religious feelings”.

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HOW EASY IS IT TO LOSE IT?

HOW HARD IS IT TO GET IT BACK?

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Comment by Alan Lake on October 31, 2014 at 9:20

Passion for Freedom Art Festival in London

The 6th edition of freedom art and film festival Passion for Freedom will be held 5th -15th November in the Embassy Tea Gallery (close to Tate Modern) in London.

The annual festival is a rare collection of works of "courageous artists" who have answered three pivotal questions:

What is freedom?

How easy is it to lose it?

How hard is it to get it back?

This year at the festival there will be collection of 15 films, 10 books, 10 journalists and 51 artworks from all over the world: Peru, Venezuela, Iran, Israel, Syria, Taiwan, China, South Korea, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, France, Spain, Italy, Greece, United Kingdom, USA & Australia. The youngest artist is 18 years old, the oldest – 64.

Some of the artists use pseudonyms because of threats imposed on them, some of them can’t come because they are imprisoned, cannot leave their country or cannot give interviews.

The founding body comprises of a group of friends of different nationalities, predominantly Polish, Hungarian, Russian and Danish who for the last 6 years have been saying, “We are checking the status of freedom of speech and artistic expression in Europe”. They have clear message – promotion and protection of human rights using the means of aesthetic expression. The festival itself, which is in direct contrast with the political correctness so prevalent within our society, is growing in recognition and prestige.

The PFF Festival is supported by world-famous artists such as Ai Weiwei, Mehdi-Georges Lahlou and Iranian director Jafar Panahi.

· Ai Weiwei is a Chinese artist and performer who posted a blog report exposing the corruption within the Chinese Communist Party and challenging the government over the poor construction of schools in Sichuan, which led to death of more than 5 thousands pupils. In 2011 he was kept imprisoned for 81 days without any official charges and beaten by the police officers. Even today he can’t travel or give interviews as a result of alleged business fraud.

· Mehdi-Georges Lahlou French and Moroccan origin in one of his artworks presents fragments of the Quran and the Bible depicted on a naked body. In many Muslim countries and in Morocco itself his art hailed a storm of protests and death threats, even though his works have not been shown there.

· Jafar Panahi, the Iranian director, has been imprisoned more than once for promoting women’s freedom and for his anti Iranian activities and convicted for the films he made. Since the trial he can only make his movies in his own apartment and he solely can be his own protagonist. Everyone who has worked with him has been harassed and now has restrictions on leaving Iran.

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