Sun 27 January 2019
Leeds Town Hall
Civic Remembrance Event
Join the Lord Mayor of Leeds to commemorate the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust, and the millions of people killed under Nazi persecution, and in the genocides which followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. The event will respond to the Holocaust Memorial Day theme ‘Torn from Home’, and will include a speech by Appolinaire Kageruka, survivor of the Rwanda genocide, to mark the 25th anniversary of the genocide.
There will be a performance of ‘The Library’ by Playhouse Youth.
“Step into the stories of our forgotten library, and listen as our tales take you through time. Three generations since the Holocaust took the lives of so many, and still we remember. We remember a time when different people and different cultures were not celebrated. We remember, so we can celebrate difference now. Stories of injustice, stories of loss and stories that restore our hope, brought to life by Playhouse Youth”.
Playhouse Youth is a cross-age and inclusive company which presents tales from real people affected by the Holocaust. Together their ensemble learns about the past, and is looking forward to a time that won’t relive the heartache around the world. They have looked at the themes home, displacement, families and loss, responding to the theme, Torn From Home. The company will create a performance for Holocaust Memorial Day, featuring music, movement, and the most imaginative storytelling, set inside a library of forgotten stories.
Music will be performed by the choir Kolot Hazichoron – Voices of Hope.
There will also be a reading of the seven statements of commitment with candle lighting by representatives of different groups persecuted including Holocaust survivors, people with additional needs, the LGBT* community and Remembering Srenbrenica. The event will close with a traditional Hebrew memorial prayer sung by the President of Bradford Synagogue, Rudi Leavor, BEM.
Free and open to all, no booking required.