17 March meeting - Fortress UK: Closing the door on international artists and academics

Malevich painting of four figures As we've highlighted in our Visiting Artists Campaign, the Home Office's new points-based visa system has meant thousands of international students unable to start their courses on time, cancelled concerts and lecture series, and the growth of suspicion and surveillance on campus. Come and discuss these new rules – and what we can do about them.

Speakers include: Helena Kennedy QC (leading human rights barrister), Lord Clement Jones (Lib Dem spokesperson on Culture, Media and Sport), Lisa Appignanesi (English PEN), Manick Govinda
(Artsadmin and Manifesto Club), Josie Appleton (convenor, Manifesto Club), Des Freedman (secretary, Goldsmiths UCU)

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Venue: Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3GA

Time: 6.30-8pm (with wine afterwards)

Free but reservation required: email mailto:info@freewordonline.com

Date: 17 March

A Manifesto Club, English PEN and Free Word event. This event will be the official launch of the Manifesto Club petition against the points-based visa system – we will be delivering it to Downing Street that afternoon.