Sun 24 - Wed 27 January
Holocaust Memorial Day is the international day of remembrance of six million Jewish men, women and children murdered in the Holocaust, and millions more people killed under German Nazi persecution, and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. Click the video below to watch the event.
The Lord Mayor of Leeds will open this year’s civic remembrance event, which this year will be shown online from 2pm on Sunday 24 January on this webpage due to the COVID-19 restrictions.
The theme for the 2021 event is ‘be the light in the darkness’ and there will be a keynote speech by Dr Alessandro Bucci, Co-director of the Holocaust Learning & Exhibition Centre, University of Huddersfield, and Ben Barkow, Chair of the Holocaust Survivors' Friendship Association.
The event includes a virtual reading of WH Auden’s poem Refugee Blues by young people from Carriageworks Young Theatre Makers, the Breeze Arts Foundation at Leeds Playhouse, Opera North Youth Chorus and Pyramid. For further details about these groups, please see below.
There will be a reading of the seven statements of commitments with candle lighting, by representatives of different groups persecuted including Holocaust survivors, people with additional needs, the LGBT+ community and Remembering Srebrenica. The event closes with a traditional Hebrew memorial prayer sung by the President of Bradford Synagogue, Rudi Leavor, BEM.
There will be an opportunity to light a candle at the end of the ceremony, so please have one ready if you would like to do this.
This online event will include British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters and will be available to watch from 2pm on Sunday 24 January to 11.59pm on Wednesday 27 January.
The Carriageworks Young Theatre Makers (CYTM) are aged between 10 and 18 and work collaboratively to make original, bold theatre with writer/director Ruth Cooper. During 2020 CYTM continued working remotely, taking part in the international Coronavirus Time Capsule project and producing their first ever film, The Never Was.
Breeze Arts Foundation is a partnership alternative education course ran by Leeds Playhouse and Leeds City College for young people 16-19 years old, or up to 25 if they have an EHCP (Educational Health Care Plan) who may not be in education, employment or training and who find the experience of being in a professional, practical environment more positive for learning. The group forms their own creative company working on lots of originally devised performances, film and music whilst working towards an Arts Award qualification and learning more about arts industry careers and opportunities.
Georgia, Daniel, Bronte, Magnus, Gala and Faith are members of the Opera North Youth Chorus. The Opera North Youth Chorus is an auditioned choir which gives young people aged 14-19 the skills and experience to become well-rounded performers. For more information or to get involved, visit: www.operanorth.co.uk/participate
The Opera North Youth Chorus is supported by the Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation and the Whitaker Charitable Trust.
Pyramid is a Leeds-based arts collective who help people with learning disabilities discover the arts, develop their talents and become world-class artists. Next Step Pyramid are a group of artists aged 18 - 30 who meet on Thursday evenings. The group work on a variety of projects and they work in all art forms.
The event is free to watch. Click here to go to YouTube or click the video in the main text to watch this event.