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The Vacuum

Belfast City Council has decided that Factotum the publisher of The Vacuum will have its agreed funding withheld until the organisation apologises 'for any offence caused to Members of the Council and citizens of the City by previous publications'.

This demand for decorum and penitence is bad news for the freedom of expression of creative groups in Belfast. It is backed up with a threat of future censorship insisting that Factotum, 'provides an assurance that future publications will meet such criteria as may be established by the Council.'

So we are organising a SORRY DAY. This will take place in December and will involve a special SORRY issue of The Vacuum, Sorry T-shirts, a Sorry cabaret and club night and a host of other Sorry events. We would like other arts organisations and people concerned about the vitality of culture to be involved in these events.

We are therefore organising a public meeting for anyone who is concerned about the Council's decision and its consequences. Come along, find out what is happening and make your own suggestions as to how we can all best say Sorry.

BELFAST EXPOSED, 6pm, Friday 26th November

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Belfast BT1 2GX
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All censorships exist to prevent any one from challenging current conceptions and existing institutions. All progress is initiated by challenging current conceptions, and executed by supplanting existing institutions. Consequently the first condition of progress is the removal of censorships.
- George Bernard Shaw

Index: Current Articles

23 November 2004

Other Articles From This Issue:

Dropping the Last Veil
Tommy Gorman

No Place for Silence
Anthony McIntyre

The Vacuum

The Unpopular Front: James T. Farrell then, Margaret Hassan now
Seaghán Ó Murchú

Reflection on an Election
Patrick Hurley

New Work on Perry Anderson
Liam O Ruairc

I, a Collaborator
Dorothy Naor

The Murder of Margaret Hassan
Ghali Hassan

The Orange Order and the KKK
Richard Wallace

19 November 2004

Another Fine Mess
Mick Hall

Dr. John Coulter

Address to QUB Vigil for Fallujah
Brian Kelly

Hearts and Minds
Fred A Wilcox

Smell the Coffee, not the Latte
Kristi Kline

Arresting Vanunu While Burying Arafat
Mary La Rosa

Weary of those stubborn indigenous resistance stains? Pretend they're not there...
Toni Solo

The Village
Anthony McIntyre



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