Auschwitz liberation to be honoured on Holocaust Memorial Day

Caption: The logo for this year's Holocaust Memorial Day

All are welcome at Leeds Town Hall on Sunday 27 January at 2pm for the Holocaust Memorial Day event to mark the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

The event hosted by the Lord Mayor of Leeds Councillor Ann Castle will feature speakers, live music and performances to honour the day 68 years before when the camp was liberated.

The Lord Mayor will light a candle to commemorate all those who have been affected by the Holocaust and also more recent genocides such as those in Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda and Darfur. The Reverend David Wilkes will be the keynote speaker at the event which is themed ‘Communities Together: Build a Bridge’.

Members of The Carriageworks Theatre Academy have met with and interviewed a refugee and are working with Theatre Company Blah Blah Blah to produce a performance for the event.

In addition to the main event this year Leeds City Council will be hosting two others as part of the Holocaust remembrance. The first is a free film screening of ‘The Counterfeiters’ at Seven Arts in Chapel Allerton on Thursday 24 January at 7pm. The film is being screened in collaboration with Leeds University and will include a short talk. The short film ‘Remember I Love you’ which is an interview with Suzanne Ripton produced by Makor will also be screened.

The second event is a photography exhibition in Leeds Town Hall called ‘Landscapes of Memory’. The exhibition is a photographic study of Holocaust memorials in the UK and across Europe, the images representing a cross-section of Holocaust experiences including those of victims, perpetrators and liberators. It has been produced by Dr Kate Vigurs as part of a research project funded by Leeds Humanities Research Institute at the University of Leeds. The exhibition will be open to the public between from 27 January to 28 February during normal opening hours.

Lord Mayor of Leeds Councillor Ann Castle said:

“Holocaust Memorial Day is an important way of remembering the past and bringing communities together to try and change the future, so we look forward to another well-attended event at Leeds Town Hall.”

The event is coordinated in Leeds by Leeds City Council’s arts development team. Visit www.leeds.gov.uk/arts for more information.

Leeds Town Hall is open 8:30am-4:30pm Monday to Friday.


Morwenna Rowlands, arts development,

Leeds City Council on 0113 2476419

Email: Morwenna.rowlands@leeds.gov.uk