The ITI worldwide express our deepest concern over the judgement against Pussy Riots which is severe violation of the human rights and the freedom of expression.

We forward the statement made yesterday by the Women Playwrights International Conference (WPIC) congress in Stockholm:

WE ARE ALL PUSSY RIOT – A statement by the Women Playwrights International Conference

“The verdict on the 17th of August 2012 against Pussy Riot is an unacceptable violation of the basic human right that is free speech.

This verdict is a personal affront to all of us and a genuine threat to artistic freedom and cultural expression worldwide.

This verdict is not just an attack on three women in Russia; it is a deliberate attempt to suppress universal freedom – freedom of speech, freedom of artistic expression, freedom to dissent, as well as the right to engage in activism.

Maria, Nadezdha and Yekaterina are not alone. Do not let them think they are.
For information on how to act for the release of the Pussy Riot, visit Amnesty International´s website.

We are their sisters ­- From now on we are all Pussy Riot!

The Women Playwrights International Conference represents female artists from all over the world. We are women from 51 countries. Every continent is represented.”

Women and Creating: Rights and Possibilities

During the Women Playwrights International Conference (WPIC) in Stockholm, Teaterunionen will host a workshop/ seminar. August 17, 10.00 – 11.30

A discussion with participants and audience about working worldwide with empowering women’s rights and promoting the possibilities for women to create.

Kerstin Grebäck
, president of the organisation Women to Woman, vice-president of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, recipient of Rights Livelihood Price.

Agneta Pleijel, playwright and member of Swedish PEN. Agneta Pleijel is one of Sweden’s most prominent writers of plays and novels, professor in dramatic writing and former president of the Swedish PEN.

Katarina Bergehed, in charge of women’s rights , Amnesty Sweden

Ann Mari Engel
, managing director of Teaterunionen and  president of the Action Committee for Artist’s Rights of the International Theatre Institute

Organised by:
ITI:s Action Committee for Artist’s Rights

Swedstage 2012

Swedstage 2012 is the Swedish showcase for theatre. Swedstage is organized by Teaterunionen/ Swedish ITI and ASSITEJ Sweden and it will take place in Stockholm November 18-20 2012. During three days in Stockholm, we will present Swedish performances and plays of the highest quality for children, youth and adults. All the performances are suitable for international touring and are accessible for an international audience.

Read more about the performances, registration, and schedule HERE.