Freedom to Create GalaFriday, October 8, 2021 @ 7:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Help us celebrate the Freedom to Create at our annual fundraising Gala!
Each year we gather at Alphabet City to honor an international writer or artist who has overcome efforts to limit their creative freedom. This year’s celebration honors Nobel Prize-winning author and activist Wole Soyinka. Originally from Nigeria, Soyinka co-founded the Cities of Asylum movement with Salman Rushdie, Václav Havel, and Jacques Derrida.
Following a cocktail reception and dinner from our restaurant partner 40 North, Soyinka will be joined on stage by American writer Richard Wiley for a short conversation. Soyinka and Wiley were instrumental in launching the Cities of Asylum movement in the United States.
Tickets for this event are $500, and can be purchased online using the link above. Free valet parking is included with your ticket. We hope you’ll join us for this special evening of community, conversation, and celebration.Wole Soyinka is a Nigerian author, playwright, poet, and political activist whose prolific body of work includes his debut novel The Interpreters, the play Death and the King’s Horseman, and his newest work Chronicles from the Land of the Happiest People on Earth. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1986, becoming the first African laureate. Soyinka was imprisoned in Nigeria for his criticism of the Nigerian government, and spent many years living in exile in Europe and the United States. He is a co-founder of the Cities of Asylum movement.
Richard Wiley is an American novelist and short story writer. He is the author of nine novels including Soldiers in Hiding, winner of the PEN/Faulkner award for Best American Fiction, Ahmed’s Revenge, and Tacoma Stories. Wiley is professor emeritus of English at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and has lived and taught in Korea, Japan, Kenya, and Nigeria. He is a co-founder of the Black Mountain Institute and a founding member of the North American Network of Cities of Asylum.
We are grateful for the support of this year’s gala host committee. You can view our gala invitation with the complete committee here.