Dramatic launch for Anne Frank festival
Published by Jane Gething-Lewis for 24dash.com in Communities and also in Local Government
Liverpool City Council
A dramatic launch event for Liverpool's Holocaust Memorial Day events and the Anne Frank Festival is taking place at the city's Anglican Cathedral today.
The poignant ceremony will feature scores of school children singing, drama, giant prayer 'butterflies' and a Holocaust survivor's testimony.
Liverpool's Lord Mayor, Councillor Paul Clark, who recently visited the Auschwitz Birknau concentration camp and will be speaking at the launch, said: "The Anne Frank Festival will be second to none. It will be a poignant, powerful and challenging event which is essential viewing for everybody. It represents a fantastic start to the city's wonderful year-long Capital of Culture celebrations."
The central feature of the Anne Frank Festival will be the inspirational 'Anne Frank+You' exhibition, which includes a life-size replica of Anne Frank's bedroom and explores the history of the Holocaust and presents contemporary issues such as racism in football, bullying and questions of identity in modern Britain.
The exhibition, created by the Anne Frank Trust UK and the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, will be open to visitors free of charge at Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral from 5th January until 8th February 2008.
Jerry Goldman, director of the Beatles Museum and chair of the Anne Frank Festival Steering Group said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for Liverpool and for young people across Merseyside to be able to reflect on the past and the vital issues of today such as racism, prejudice, violence and bullying."
Paul Tyack, head of development at the Anne Frank Trust UK said, "We are especially pleased to bring a major Anne Frank festival to Liverpool. We want young people across the region to learn how important it is never to forget the horrors of the Holocaust and to challenge hatred and prejudice wherever it arises.
"We are grateful for the support of the local community and in particular the exhibition sponsors Estates and Management, part of Consensus Business Group PLC, in enabling this festival to take place."
The festival, which aims to engage young people throughout the North West and teach them of the dangers of hatred and persecution, will complement and support the National Holocaust Memorial Day event in the city.
The National Holocaust Memorial Day event, run by Liverpool City Council on behalf of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, will be held at Liverpool's Philharmonic Hall on 27th January and will draw on the theme for the 2008 Holocaust Memorial Day, Imagine: Remember, Reflect, React.
Christine Shaw, chief executive officer, of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust said: "The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2008 is "Imagine, remember, reflect, react" which challenges us all to imagine the unimaginable. It asks us to focus on the lives and experience of victims of prosecution and of other genocides.
"It invites us to find new ways to express this experience through art and media. It marvels at the resilience of enterprise, culture and of life itself in the face of destruction. Ultimately it is a call for action for us all to:
· Remember the past
· Reflect on the present
· React to create a better future
"We are delighted to be working with Liverpool City Council and working with the city so early in its year as European Capital of Culture.
"We are looking forward to the exciting and inspirational programme of events taking place in the city on 27th January which will provide a focal point for the hundreds of other local commemoration
events taking place throughout the country."