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Panel discussion including acclaimed singers Mahsa and Marjan Vahdat; co-founder of Belarus Free Theatre, Natalia Koliada and Lisa Peschel of the University of York who has recently rediscovered extensive archival material of performances, scripts and revues performed in the Nazi ghetto Terezinstadt. The event will be chaired by Julia Farrington, Head of Arts, Index on Censorship.
The panel will be asked to explore from their personal and political perspective different aspects of freedom of expression in repressive regimes; the interface between artistic inspiration and life in repressive regimes, getting the message out and the role of the media in terms of raising awareness of the increasing restrictions placed on artists to curb freedom of expression.
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