Holocaust Memorial Day 2016 – Don’t Stand By
A programme of events in Leeds to commemorate The Holocaust, Nazi Persecution, and subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.
Sunday 24 January 2pm – Leeds Town Hall
Civic Remembrance Event
Join the Lord Mayor and hundreds of local people for an afternoon of commemoration. The keynote speaker will be Nick Winton, son of Sir Nicholas Winton, who saved the lives of 669 children through arranging Kindertransports from Czechoslovakia in the lead up to the Second World War.
The Academy of Northern Ballet presents students from their Centre for Advanced Training who will be performing Small Steps, moving interpretation of the inspirational stories of bravery and upstanding in the face of extreme adversity, choreographed by Cara O’Shea.
The event will also include music performed by members of The Clothworkers Consort of Leeds, reading of the seven commitments with candle lighting and a traditional Hebrew memorial prayer sung by Rudi Leavor.
Free and open to all.
Sunday 24 January 4pm –
Leeds Town Hall Q&A with Nick Winton
Following on from the civic remembrance event, Nick Winton will take part in a Q&A session with the public. This is your opportunity to ask him questions about his father’s life and work. Free and open to all, booking via eventbrite is essential.
January – March 2016
Heroes by Pyramid of Arts Young Adults Group
Open Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm Pyramid of Arts are a collective of around 150 artists with and without learning disabilities who work together to explore and develop their creativity and to make great art for a wide public. This exhibition is inspired by the Holocaust Memorial Day theme for 2016, ‘Don’t Stand By’. It is also a reaction to the Nazi propaganda poster promoting ActionT4 – the programme to euthanise people with disabilities.
The Book Thief 12A
Tuesday 26 January, 7.30pm at Seven Arts, 31A Harrogate Rd, Leeds LS7 3PD
While subjected to the horrors of World War 2, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. In the basement of her home, a Jewish refugee is being sheltered by her adoptive parents. Based on the novel by Markus Zusak.
Free and open to all.