Icon of Freedom Festival

The Icon of Freedom festival was a 5-day festival that took place from the 11th to 15th of November 2015 at the Bargehouse, Oxo Tower that included literature, design, art, photography, fashion, film and Mexican gastronomy. The festival showcased the work of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, a woman who is celebrated for the stand she made for intellectual and spiritual freedom. As a nun in 17th-Century Mexico, she was not a typical freedom fighter. At the time, women were barred from entrance to University, and having been told that dressing as a man in order to attend was forbidden, she joined the convent instead. In Latin America today she is considered as one of the greatest poets and intellectuals who ever lived, but in Europe little is known about her.

Icon of Freedom showed how her work is relevant to contemporary life by demonstrating how she found her own kind of freedom by breaking away from the things that can hold us back such as tradition, identity, social expectations and norms.

Icon of Freedom was a collaboration between the SHM Foundation and University of Claustro de Sor Juana (UCSJ) in Mexico City.

Visit the Icon of Freedom website to find out more:  iconoffreedom.London


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The SHM Foundation works globally to bring about positive social change through projects in the areas of learning and citizenship, health and the arts.

The Foundation was set up in 2008 by Professor Maurice Biriotti and Professor Henrietta Moore, who co-founded the strategy and insight consultancy SHM Productions, based in central London, in 1996.

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