New York Encounter 2013: A 3-day public cultural festival exploring the meaning of freedom through panel discussions, artistic

   New York Encounter 2013: A 3-day public cultural festival exploring the
   meaning of freedom through panel discussions, artistic performances and
                                   exhibits

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Jan. 16, 2013

NEW YORK, Jan. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Friday, January 18,
2013, at 6:00 p.m., New York Encounter, an annual three-day cultural event
organized by the Catholic movement Communion and Liberation and Crossroads
Cultural Center, will open at the Manhattan Center in Midtown Manhattan (8^th
Avenue & 34th Street) with a presentation on freedom by Msgr. Lorenzo
Albacete.

On Saturday, January 19, 2013, at 5:00 p.m., New York Encounter will present
an extraordinary eyewitness account of the life and death of Shahbaz Bhatti.
From 2008 until his assassination in 2011, Shahbaz Bhatti served as the first
Federal Minister for Minority Affairs in Pakistan. Mr. Bhatti, an outspoken
critic of Pakistan's blasphemy laws was gunned down by Tehrik-i-Taliban for
refusing to relent on his fight for the religious freedom of minorities in
Pakistan. After Shahbaz's death, his brother, Paul, courageously stepped
forward and now serves as Pakistan's Minister for National Harmony. Minister
Bhatti will share poignant stories from his and his brother's lives in light
of their fight for liberty in Pakistan.

In addition to Mr. Bhatti, New York Encounter 2013 will feature other
distinguished speakers including Chairman of the Board of Southwestern Energy,
Harold Korell, Irish Times columnist, John Waters, and author and writer Tony
Hendra.

"The theme of the 2013 New York Encounter is 'Experiencing Freedom' and it is
dedicated to exploring the topic of liberty – not through abstract analysis,
but by offering living examples of freedom in action in politics, in economy,
in art," said Maurizio Maniscalco, President of New York Encounter. He added,
"We will also have outstanding artists and musicians to show."

On Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 3:30 p.m., the cultural festival will also
feature Liberty in Modern and Contemporary Art, a presentation which will
explore ways in which artists and their art have always sought to break free
from constraints upon liberty, be they social, political, or other.

In 2012, four thousand people visited New York Encounter. Last year's keynote
speaker, Prof. Mary Ann Glendon, called her experience "Exhilarating,
refreshing and renewing: I got more out of it than I put into it."

Most events are FREE and open to the public. For more information visit
http://www.newyorkencounter.org.

SOURCE New York Encounter

Website: http://www.newyorkencounter.org
Contact: Emily Matich, +1-703-677-7624, matich.emily@gmail.com