Art and resistance go hand in hand; as Kurdish writer Yasar Kemal has said, “Art is a rebellion. Art warns people against lies, oppression, meaningless never-ending wars and all forms of evil.”
The Arab Spring of 2011 deployed art in its most political and courageous form – expressed in the cartoons that adorn Benghazi, or by Egyptian singer Ramy Essam, ‘the Billy Bragg of Tahrir Square’, whose song ‘Irhal’ (‘Leave’) became the anthem of the revolt. This is equally expressed in the resistance of Belarus' people – who live within the last dictatorship in Europe – spearheaded by the underground Belarus Free Theatre, whose secret performances risked arrest and persecution.
The Art of Resistance debate is taking place in association with Assembly at the George Square Theatre ONE on George Square Gardens Edinburgh.