The internationally renowned Passion for Freedom art festival opens once again in London on Monday 1st October at its new home in the Royal Opera Arcade Gallery & La Galleria Pall Mall. The exhibition will showcase uncensored art from the UK, Europe and around the world, promoting human rights, highlighting injustice and celebrating artistic freedom of expression.
The festival asks artists to consider three questions, the Passion for Freedom 3 (PFF3):
1. What is freedom?
2. How do you preserve it?
3. How do you celebrate it?
The organizers focus on controversial and socially sensitive topics, providing a voice for the voiceless. PFF aims to provide a space free from the suffocating nature of political correctness, harassment, public ostracization and tyranny.
Founder Camilla Forest commented:
“This is the festival’s tenth year and it is going from strength to strength. We exhibit more and more exciting works every time and I anticipate 2018 to be our greatest year yet. The festival works now as an indicator for the level of freedom on a given continent, nation or even city. At our exhibition you witnessed events in Venezuela, China, Pakistan, England and Poland from the eye of the artist. Our artists have helped lift the veil on tyranny, with anyone infringing freedom inevitably facing an artist’s brush or singers verse. As Picasso said, “No painting is made to decorate apartments, it is an offensive and defensive weapon against the enemy.”
For 10 years the festival has shown works from over 600 artists representing 55 countries. This year there will be a collection of films and books, as well as an event about journalism.
Every year there is a Gala Ceremony to close the event. Three artists are nominated for Awards while three films are selected for the Freedom Film Awards. The audience vote for their favourite piece of art in the People’s Choice Award during the Gala Ceremony.
The festival is supported by world-famous artists such as Ai Weiwei (China), Mehdi-Georges Lahlou (France/Maroco), Jafar Panahi (Iran), Atena Farghadani (Iran) Jamie McCartney (UK), Jessica Fulford-Dobson(UK), MIMSY, Kubra Khademi (Afghanistan)