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International Congress

The first annual International Congress was hosted in London in 1923. From the beginning, as John Galsworthy noted, the founding London club (today English PEN Centre) served as the hub around which each newly created Centre 'goes as it pleases on terms of perfect equality'. To make this federalist ideal a reality, PEN established a tradition of annual congresses in London, then New York, Paris, Berlin, Brussels, and Oslo.

Le congrès international

Le premier Congrès international annuel a eu lieu à Londres en 1923. Dès le début, comme l’a noté John Galsworthy, le club fondateur de Londres (aujourd’hui English PEN Centre) a servi de centre autour du quel chaque Centre nouvellement créé ‘va à sa guise en termes d’égalité parfaite’. Pour faire de cet idéal fédéraliste une réalité, le PEN a établi une tradition de congrès annuels, organisés chaque année dans une ville différente, à commencer par Londres, en 1923.

El Congreso PEN

El primer Congreso Internacional anual se celebró en Londres en 1923. Desde el principio, como señaló John Galsworthy, el club londinense fundador (hoy English PEN Centre) sirvió como el centro alrededor del cual cada Centro recién creado ‘va como le plazca en términos de perfecto igualdad’. Para hacer realidad este ideal federalista, PEN estableció una tradición de congresos anuales, que se celebran cada año en una ciudad diferente, comenzando con Londres en 1923.

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1 Takeaki and delegates in Bled

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2 Francisco Sionil José at the National Museum of the Philippines

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3 Angela Merkel’s speech at the 72nd Congress

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4 Welcoming party at Bled Castle

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5 Delegates at Bled Castle

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6 Lucina Kathmann and Eric Lax in Bled

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7 Delegates at the welcoming party in Bled

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8 Simona Škrabec’s report at the 82nd Congress

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9 Hans Magnus Enzensberger at the 43rd Congress

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10 Günter Grass at the 72nd Congress

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11 Sara Whyatt and John R. Saul at the 56th Congress

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12 Clement, Sönmez and Kaldmaa in Lviv

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13 Joanne Leedom-Ackerman at the 73rd Congress

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