Debating the cultural boycott

British Writers in Support of Palestine has been working with the Southbank Centre in London on staging a debate on cultural boycott this summer.  Anti-boycott speakers seem reluctant to come forward. They will be announced when confirmed. Meanwhile, here is information available so far, including details of the two eloquent exponents of the boycott strategy who have agreed to speak.

Sunday July 10th 2011
7 pm, The Purcell Room
£10 / £5 concessions (limited number)


Where basic freedoms are denied and democratic remedies blocked off, cultural boycott by world civil society is a viable and effective political strategy; indeed a moral imperative.

Supporting the motion will be:

Omar Barghouti – author of BDS: The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights (Haymarket Press).  Palestinian activist and commentator, leading member of the Palestinian Boycott National Committee (BNC)  and of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) .

Seni Seneviratne, poet and performer, author of Wild Cinnamon and Winter Skin (Peepal Tree Press) and BWISP member, a veteran of the South African and Palestinian solidarity campaigns, extremely well versed in the arguments for and against cultural boycott in a global context.  She is a calm and self-possessed speaker, and her presence will help to open up the debate to the wider artistic and cultural community.

You can book tickets here:

The South Bank website will be updated when full details are available.


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