In the end of September 2022, Swedish PEN together with PEN International hosted PEN’s international congress here in Uppsala. This was an opportunity to strengthen PEN internationally and nationally but also, locally here in Uppsala. More than two hundred international delegates, from eighty-nine different PEN-centres worldwide, attended the conference together with delegates and audience from various parts of Sweden. The congress also helped develop new meeting points and strengthened corporations and brought people together in the cultural life in Uppsala.
“For me, it was important to arrange the congress in a way that strengthens PEN in the long run, to let the international network meet local knowledge and invite more people to embrace the challenges of freedom of speech.” ‒ Hanna Nordell, Managing Director, Swedish PEN
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