27 January 2012
The Holocaust Memorial Day is an annual day of remembrance including events across the country. We are proud that young people from ELFM's Next Generation programme are contributing to the event at Leeds Town Hall and would like to invite you to the event which is free and open to all. It starts at 1.30pm and you can find full details by clicking on the leaflet image opposite.
The young people themselves were involved right from the beginning in discussing the issue and writing the submission that resulted in ELFM being awarded the commission. As Lottie Smith wrote from our early discussions:
"The subject of ‘Speak up, Speak Out’ is important to us. We must understand that our modern day society came about because of the bravery of those who chose to fight the prejudice they faced. And that each of us must consider when we decide to speak up and speak out; either on our own behalf or for others."
The performance the young people have devised takes as its theme the vital function that radio has fulfilled for oppressed people in repressive societies. It includes live music, projection and the spoken word.
POSTSCRIPT: The performance was very well received. The organisers passed on this feedback:
"Today my husband and I attended the Holocaust Memorial Day event at the Town Hall. I would just like to tell you how impressed we both were with the whole ceremony. It was so well thought out, it reached out to the audience, it was so dignified and well planned and, of course, very moving.
We were particularly impressed by the performance by ELFM. They were superb, a beautiful presentation and so obviously well rehearsed, every participant keeping in character and putting over the message. With this kind of education and understanding of the past problems, we need not worry about this young group. Congratulations to them and to all who produced today's event."
Mrs S Appleson