81st PEN International Congress

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81st PEN International Congress

Quebec City, Canada, 13–16 October 2015

The 81st PEN International Congress: Translation = Creation = Freedom, organised by the Quebec Center for PEN International, will take place in Quebec City, Canada, on 13–16 October 2015. As Gaston Bellemare, Vice-president of the Quebec Center for PEN International stresses, it is a great privilege for its members to host the PEN family in the remarkable City of Quebec, the heart of Canada's francophone culture. For the first time since 1989, the Quebec Center is thrilled to welcome to the province of Quebec, writers from across the globe.

Translators and translation will occupy centre stage at the Quebec Congress. After the successful Girona Manifesto on Linguistic Rights and the PEN Declaration on Digital Freedom, the organisers believe the moment has come to state and consolidate the central role of the translator as a full fledge artistic creator and formally recognise translation as a vital vehicle of culture and understanding among human beings, and therefore as a necessary ingredient of peace and justice. This is the project that the Déclaration de Québec wants to launch.

The 81st PEN International Congress will coincide with the opening of the Maison de la littérature, a new part of the Bibliothèque de Québec and a place dedicated to writing that will serve as a site for creation, cultural activities and dissemination. The Congress will also coincide with the festival Québec en toutes lettres, being held on 8–18 October 2015. The festival is responsible for the literary content of the Congress and will offer a rich, diversified programme.

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