Cambridge Civic Commemoration

Helen Weinstein is the Artistic Director commissioned by Cambridge City Council for the marking of Holocaust Memorial Day in Cambridge with an ambitous education programme for schools to engage young people in the history of genocides in the past and fighting for equality and against racism and prejuice and persecution in the present through co-creating poetry, drama, dance, music, choral works and artworks.

Historyworks has also been commissioned to organize the commemorative civic event on behalf of the Mayor and Councillors which for 2020 will take place at the Corn Exchange.  Free. Unticketed.  All are welcome to attend!

Cambridge Holocaust Memorial Day 2020

Date: Sunday 26th January 3pm to 4.30pm

Place: Corn Exchange, 2 Wheeler Street, Cambridge, CB2 3QB

This year our theme for the HMD programme will be Stand Together, Strong Together. The Holocaust perpetrated by the Nazis and subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, Darfur show us how we need to stand together against persecution and prejudice.  Our focus for the commemoraion will be to mark the 25 year anniversary of the genocide in Bosnia and the Bosnian Wars, and 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Bringing children from different schools together is a core part of Holocaust Memorial Day activities in Cambridge, and this year hundreds of school students have been working with the poet, Michael Rosen, alongside the historian, Helen Weinstein, and the holocaust survivor, Eva Clarke. We will hear newly commissioned pieces by the poet Michael Rosen especially arranged for choirs to perform at the HMD civic ceremony; plus pieces co-created and performed by young people from across a range of Cambridge schools.

The HMD Civic Ceremony will comprise songs, readings, poetry and drama, all inspired and interspersed by moving words from survivor testimonies and uplifting words from groups actively campaigning for equalities and supporting diversity today.

This event promises to be both moving and uplifting and is suitable for children from KS2 onwards. I very much look forward to seeing you there.  It is free of charge and un-ticketed, however can I please ask that you arrive in good time for a 3pm start. The event will end by approximately 4.30pm.   

For more information about the civic event plus the programme of satellite events please consult these NEWS pages at www.creatingmycambridge.com or contact Prof Helen Weinstein directly via email at historyworksv@gmail.com

Cambridge Civic Event for HMD 2020