15th Jan, 2021

Redditch urged to get involved in virtual Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) event

Ross Crawford 30th Dec, 2020

REDDITCH residents are being called upon to get involved in the next Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) event, due to take place virtually in January.

Due to the current Government restrictions and it being unlikely that larger gatherings will be allowed early in the New Year, the 2021 HMD event will be run virtually and organisers are encouraging groups, organisations and individuals to get involved by expressing themselves on the subject through art, music, poetry or in speech.

The theme for this year’s HMD is ‘Be the light in the darkness’.

During the Holocaust and other genocides, those persecuted wrote poetry and music to express their feelings of loss, suffering and hope.

Writing, reading and sharing the written word and music can be a creative way to bring people together.

The event will ‘go live’ on January 26, the day before the National Holocaust Memorial Day.

All entries should be read and performed aloud, recorded and sent to the council for inclusion.

Interested parties can send their videos, filmed in landscape, to us via email at events@bromsgroveandredditch.gov.uk by 11th Jan 2021.

Boon Yeng, from Redditch Holocaust Memorial Committee, said: “It will be great if the people of Redditch can get inspired to create a poem or a creative piece to help us mark this important day.

“Usually our event involves schools, singing groups, dance groups, individual speakers, invited guests, but with the current situation, we are unable to do so.

“We would love as many people as possible to get involved either by video or by watching the event so that we can make sure that the atrocities of the past are not forgotten or repeated.”

Holocaust Memorial Day exists to help us honour the memory of all victims of genocide and atrocity in the world and to strive to ensure that we do not allow such things to occur again.

For more information about the international campaign visit http://www.hmd.org.uk

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