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The first PEN International Congress was held in 1923, London. Since this time Congresses have taken place in a diverse range of cities.

82th International Congress- Ourense City, Spain 2016: Building literary bridges

81th International Congress- Quebec City, Canada 2015: Translation =Creation= Freedom

80th International Congress- Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan 2014: My language, my story, my freedom

79th International Congress – Reykjavík, Iceland 2013Digital Frontiers: Linguistic Rights and Freedom of Speech

78th International Congress –  Gyeongju, Korea 2012Literature, Media and Human Rights

77th International Congress – Belgrade, Serbia 2011Literature – Language of the World

76th International Congress –  Tokyo, Japan 2012The Environment and Literature-What can words do? View footage of the 2010 Tokyo Congress on Japan PEN Club’s YouTube channel

75th International Congress – Linz, Austria 2009Words, words, nothing but words

74th International Congress – Bogota, Colombia 2008The Role of the Word

73rd InternationalCongress – Dakar, Senegal 2007The World and Human Values

72nd International Congress – Berlin, Germany 2006Writing in a World Without Peace

71st International Congress – Bled, Slovenia 2005The Tower of Babel: a Blessing or a Curse?, Language of Peace: Literature as a Lingua Franca, Literature as a Safeguard of the Cultural Landscape

70th International Congress – Tromsø, Norway 2004Writers in Exile – Writers in Minority Languages

69th International Congress – Mexico City, Mexico 2003Cultural Diversity and Freedom of Expression

68th International Congress – Ohrid, Macedonia 2002Borders of Freedom/Freedom of Borders

67th International Congress – Moscow, Russia 2000Freedom of Criticism – Criticism of Freedom  View footage of the 2000 Moscow Congress.

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