Violence and Art. An Evening with Polish ICORN Residents

What is the role of art in the age of increasingly rising violence? How artists from all over the world can confront violence in all its embodiments: domestic and international, warlike and related to social exclusions of all kinds? Is art not only able to resist, but also to change something?
Join us for a discussion with two persecuted writers: Kholoud Charaf and Sari Al Hassanat, who have come to Poland within the framework of the International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN) to its two Polish member cities: Kraków and Gdańsk. ICORN is a network of cities that offer shelter to writers, musicians and artists persecuted for their creative output, while actively promoting human rights and the values of freedom of expression and personal safety / well being.

The discussion will be mixed with a poetry reading by our guests, accompanied with the music by Wassim Ibrahim, a Krakow-based composer of Syrian origin, who will be the host of the event. The program includes also a showing of a short movie by Umar Abdul-Nasser, an ICORN resident staying in Wrocław (also a member city of the network).

The event is a part of the program of the 17. Visegrad Summer School.

The Visegrad Summer School is a unique cultural and educational programme catering for students, graduates, young researchers and journalists from the Visegrad Group countries as well as other Central and East European countries. Given its international, macro-regional and regional dimension, the initiative is aimed at promoting a positive image of the region on an international scale alongside the promotion of the intellectual and cultural heritage of Czech, Polish, Slovak and Hungarian societies.

By discussing these most challenging topics with fellow students as well as with ambassadors, ministers, European Union representatives and outstanding intellectuals and artists the participants have an unrivalled opportunity to develop a broader perspective of the problems discussed and understand partners’ points of view and motivations.

Visegrad Summer School is organised with help and advice of longstanding and proven partners: International Visegrad Fund, Vaclav Havel Library (Prague), Bratislava Policy Institute (Bratislava), Cracovia Expressz Foundation – Hungarian Centre in Kraków (Budapest), National Association of Regional Development Agencies (Kiev), Małopolska Region and City of Kraków.

Where: Klub Alchemia, Estery 5.
When: Wednesday, July 4, start at 19:00.

Free admission!

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