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 2013: Digital Frontiers: Linguistic Rights and Freedom of Speech
78th International Congress – Gyeongju, Korea 2012: Literature, Media and Human Rights
77th International Congress – Belgrade, Serbia 2011: Literature – Language of the World
76th International Congress – Tokyo, Japan 2012: The 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 2009: Words, words, nothing but words
74th International Congress – Bogota, Colombia 2008: The Role of the Word
73rd InternationalCongress – Dakar, Senegal 2007: The World and Human Values
72nd International Congress – Berlin, Germany 2006: Writing in a World Without Peace
71st International Congress – Bled, Slovenia 2005: The 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 2004: Writers in Exile – Writers in Minority Languages
69th International Congress – Mexico City, Mexico 2003: Cultural Diversity and Freedom of Expression
68th International Congress – Ohrid, Macedonia 2002: Borders of Freedom/Freedom of Borders
67th International Congress – Moscow, Russia 2000: Freedom of Criticism – Criticism of Freedom View footage of the 2000 Moscow Congress.
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