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What Makes this event different?

Passion for Freedom stands out in today's world where there are far too many bullies, cowards, virtue signalers and censors. When people are faced with true evil most will look away or bury their heads in the sand, but we are proud that PFF has never wavered, despite its adversarial existence. The true focus and spectacle has always been the yearly art festival, where artists facing censorship the world-over send in submissions to the Passion for Freedom Art Competition. Creators like Mimsy, Ai Wei Wei, Atena Farghadani, Malala, Kubra Khademi, and countless others have been involved with the competition over the years. Their brilliance is, for lack of a better term; the main show. PFF is merely the stage.

The internationally known Passion for Freedom art festival will open once again in London on Monday October 1st in its new home in the Royal Opera Arcade Gallery & La Galleria Pall Mall. The festival will showcase uncensored art from the UK, Europe and worldwide, promoting human rights, highlighting injustice and celebrating artistic freedom of expression.

The festival asks artists to consider three questions, the Passion for Freedom 3 (PFF3):

1.    What is freedom?

2.    How do you preserve it?

3.    How do you celebrate it?

The organizers will be focusing on controversial and socially sensitive topics, providing a voice for the voiceless. PFF aims to provide a space free from the suffocating nature of political correctness, harassment, public ostracization and tyranny.

Founder Camilla Forest commented:

“This is the festival’s tenth year and it is going from strength to strength. We exhibit more and more exciting works every time and I anticipate 2018 to be our greatest year yet. The festival works now as an indicator for the level of freedom on a given continent, nation or even city. At our exhibition you witnessed events in Venezuela, China, Pakistan, England and Poland from the eye of the artist. Our artists have helped lift the veil on tyranny, with anyone infringing freedom inevitably facing an artist’s brush or singers verse. As Picasso said, “No painting is made to decorate apartments, it is an offensive and defensive weapon against the enemy.”

For 10 years the festival has shown works from over 600 artists representing 55 countries. This year there will be a collection of films and books, as well as an event about journalism.

The Gala Ceremony closes the event each year. Three artists are nominated for Awards, and three films are selected for the Freedom Film Awards. During the Gala Ceremony the audience will vote for their favourite piece of art for the People’s Choice Award.

The festival is supported by world-famous artists such as Ai Weiwei (China), Mehdi-Georges Lahlou (France/Maroco), Jafar Panahi (Iran), Atena Farghadani (Iran) Jamie McCartney (UK), Jessica Fulford-Dobson(UK), MIMSY, Kubra Khademi (Afghanistan)


Artists Worldwide.

Passion for Freedom invites submissions from visual artists working in the following mediums: painting, drawing, print making, sculpture, photography, mixed media, installation and video.


1 October - 13 October 2018

Royal Opera Arcade Gallery & La Galleria Pall Mall


Gary Hill - American foundational artist in video art

Dr Lee Weinberg independent curator, researcher and lecturer at Shenkar College of Engineering Design and Art and the head of the Curatorial Studies MA programme at the University of Haifa

Andrew Stahl - professor from British School of Art

Mychael Barratt - Canadian highly accomplished printmaker and bestselling artist.

Francisco Laranjo, Head of School of Arts and Associate Professor of Porto University


Please find detailed information, Submission Form, Terms and Conditions on the EVENT WEBSITE.


“The festival has a simple mission – which is to display the work of artists who are thinking seriously about freedom, what it means and how you preserve it.  Passion for Freedom celebrates the people who not only do it, but who mean it. Go if you can – London’s stunning ‘Passion for Freedom’ exhibition is worth an hour of anyone’s time”

Douglas Murray

Journalist, broadcaster and best-selling author




Artists & Photographers

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