General Assembly of the International Cities Network ICORN

On May 21 – 24,  the 2014 General Assembly of the International Cities Network (ICORN) will be held in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The Assembly is attended by representative of Krakow Festival Office.

ICORN (International Cities of Refuge Network) is an organisation of cities and regions offering refuge to persecuted writers. The objective of the organisation is to provide safe living and working conditions for the people of the pen whose works have become the reason for their political persecution. There are over 40 cities in ICORN. Krakow has been a member of ICORN since 2011, and in this time has welcomed 3 guest writers: Maria Amelie – Russian-born writer who, having written a book describing the life of an undocumented immigrant, was deported from Norway; Kareem Amer – Egyptian blogger, sentenced to four years of imprisonment for criticising the government of Hosni Mubarak and Mostafa Zamaninja – Iranian writer, persecuted in his home country.

The 2014 General Assembly will tackle setting new priorities and a strategic plan for 2014-2018. Among tens of others, the Assembly will be attended by representatives from Norwich and Reykjavik, Krakow’s partners in the Cities of Literature network, as well as those from Amsterdam, Barcelona, Frankfurt, Lillehammer, Oslo, Paris, and Stockholm.

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