Oslo International Poetry Festival

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Protima Bedi at Oslo International Poetry Festival, OIPF 1985.

The Oslo International Poetry Festival (OIPF) was held on • June 14 to 16th 1985 and August 14 to 20th 1986.[citation needed]

Participants were, among many other:

The Norwegian author Axel Jensen was chairman of OIPF in 1985 and in 1986. In the committees were also:

Robert Anton Wilson dedicates his book "Wilhelm Reich in Hell","...to all political prisoners, wherever they may be."' and writes: "I recently had the honor of writing the statement of principles that concluded the 1986 International Poetry Festival in Oslo, Norway, which was signed by all the participating artists and scientists. That statement is printed below, to transmit again a signal of solidarity with all victims of tyranny:

We, the undersigned participants in the 1986 Oslo International Poetry Festival, hereby deplore all governments which presently hold in prison artists, writers or scientists condemned for no crimes except creative thought. We affirm our solidarity with all these imprisoned sisters and brothers and send them this signal of our concern and love. We call on all governments to grant amnesty to all such persons and we call on all citizens everywhere to join us in protest against the barbarous practise of attempting to cage the mind and strangle the creative spirit.

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