75th Anniversary of the Hiroshima Atomic Bombing

London Rotarians participated in a global, 24-hour continuous, live broadcast of music, art and remembrance on 6th August, 2020, to mark the 75thAnniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

Commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the Hiroshima Atomic Bombing

London Rotarians participated in a global, 24-hour continuous, live broadcast of music, art and remembrance on 6thAugust, 2020, to mark the 75thAnniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. The UK contributed an hour long broadcast to this event and this was put together in collaboration with the District Peace Committee and London Rotarians. The broadcast goes live at 10.30am on August 6th 2020, and can be viewed at British Summer Time (BST) 2.30am on 5th August 2020 on the YouTube Full Event Broadcast Link: https://youtu.be/wbGA0F-wGSY

The UK event organiser, Rotarian Gina Langton (RC Westminster West), is a Nobel Peace Prize Recipient (2017). She said: “Music and art are a great way to transcend our anger and distress, connect with each other and to fill our hearts with hope again. Hiroshima and Nagasaki were devastating and inhumane actions that should never be forgotten and never happen again. It is more imperative than ever that we find peaceful solutions for our own survival and that of our planet. We hope that the event will demonstrate that together we can build a better society that truly cares about its future – with unity, equality and social justice for every living being.”

The Executive Committee of the Peace Art Project in Hiroshima has organised this 24 hour broadcast which was live-streamed from Hiroshima and New York and will link people around the world via YouTube. The event will kick off in Hiroshima with the live-streamed Peace Memorial Ceremony and Lantern Floating festival, to promote a new foundation for interactive peace on a global scale.

This first virtual event of its kind includes participating artists from: United Kingdom, Nagasaki, Tokyo, Germany (Hannover), France (Paris), South Africa (Cape Town), India (Bangalore), Ukraine (Kiev), Cyprus, Austria (Vienna), Argentina, Palestine (Bethlehem), Spain (Guernica), Rwanda and the USA (Phoenix and New York).

Artists taking part in the UK broadcast include:

Maxi Jazz– Lead vocalist for British Band, Faithless

Purcell School of Music– A specialist music school for gifted 10-14-year olds

Kevin Armstrong– Solo artist and guitarist for David Bowie and Iggy Pop

Taiko Drummers– Bringing art and music together in a beautiful way

Phil Fisk– Internationally acclaimed photographer and artist

Zeetah Massiah- Barbadian-born British singer

Tammy Marlar– Nature Photographer

Indigoochild– Musicians

Rotary Club of Putney and London Rotarians

Iqra Khan - Rotary Young Citizen Peacemaker Award Winner 2020