Peace and commemoration on Viðey Island Thursday August 7th

Peace and commemoration on Viðey Island Thursday August 7th

Today Thursday August 7th Yoko Ono’s IMAGINE PEACE TOWER will be lit in the memory of the children who have lost their lives during the horrifying conflicts in Gaza. The artist and the peace activist, Yoko Ono, who in 2007 installed IMAGINE PEACE TOWER on Viðey Island in the memory of her husband John Lennon, announced a few days ago that she would have IMAGINE PEACE TOWER lit to remind everyone of the terrible loss of lives in the conflict.

Yoko Ono’s announcement says:
 
Dear Friends
 
As all of us are devastated by the loss of so many lives of innocent children in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, I will be lighting IMAGINE PEACE TOWER tonight, Thursday 7th August, hoping that the ceasefire will continue indefinitely, and no more innocent children will be harmed.
 
With deep sadness and love,
 
Yoko Ono Lennon
7 August 2014
 
 
IMAGINE PEACE TOWER WILL BE LIT AT 8.30PM.
The light of peace will be on until Friday morning, August 8th. 
The hope is that everyone in Iceland and all over the world will join in this moment dedicated to memory of all children who have been killed in war and in hope for peace. This can be done by lighting candles and sending messages through social media and through the IMAGINE PEACE TOWER website www.imaginepeacetower.com.  The light from Yoko Ono’s IMAGINE PEACE TOWER will be broadcast live through the website for the whole world to participate. 
 
How to get there
The ferry to Viðey Island sails from Skarfabakki from 6.30pm – 8pm. 
Ferry back to mainland will run from Videy every 30 minutes from 9pm - 11pm.
Return trip 1.100 ISK per person
 
Other events in Viðey
Before the lighting of IMAGINE PEACE TOWER, the City of Reykjavík will in collaboration with The Association Iceland – Palestine and UNICEF in Iceland organise an event on Viðey Island where participants will join in a common wish for peace and remembrance for all children who have lost their lives and have become victims of conflicts all over the world.
 
7.30pm - The program at Viðeyjarstofa begins.
 
The mayor of Reykjavík, Dagur B. Eggertsson, Sveinn Rúnar Hauksson the chairman of The Iceland – Palestine Association and Svanhildur Konráðsdóttir chairman of the board of UNICEF in Iceland will give short addresses. 
 
The Graduale Nobili choir, conducted by Jón Stefánsson, and musicians Sigríður Thorlacius and Guðmundur Óskar will perform.
 
9.00pm - Poetry and music performances at Viðeyjarstofa – a program dedicated to peace includes contributions by poets and musicians such as Juan Roman, Kiru Kiru and Mazen Maarouf and more. Viðeyjarstofa will be open for all during the evening.