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Holocaust Memorial Day 2024


Skimstone Arts presents 
A Night of Fear & Freedom 
 18 to 26 January 2024
 Part of the National Holocaust Memorial Day Programme and Newcastle City Council's Holocaust Memorial Day Events 2024.


In January 2024, communities across the North East and beyond are being invited to join Newcastle’s Skimstone Arts for A Night of Fear & Freedom - a series of free events to mark Holocaust Memorial Day. The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2024 is Fragility of Freedom.


A Night of Fear & Freedom includes a powerful new photographic and text exhibition, the chance to hear live and recorded performances of true stories, original songs, music, spoken word and poetry in a compelling, thoughtful and uplifting event, and the opportunity to listen to highlights from the project during a special broadcast on Skimstone Radio.


As Skimstone Arts’ Artistic Director, Claire Webster Saaremets, explains:


"When we look at what is happening across the world with war and conflict and how it is irrevocably affecting the lives of those caught up in the onslaught, we need to, as artists and activists, create work together with diverse artists and communities that explore how freedom is an intrinsic part of all our lives, and how we can consider ways to contribute to the strengthening freedoms of those we live alongside and those much further away.


A Night of Fear & Freedom is a chance for people to come together to pledge not to take our freedoms for granted and consider what we can do to strengthen freedoms around the world.”


From Thursday 18 to Thursday 25 January 2024 visitors to Newcastle City Library will be able to see a powerful new photographic and text exhibition that captures fragments of real stories, lyrics, poetry and photographs created by Skimstone Arts’ Associate Artists and contributors that explore the theme Fragility of Freedom. This free exhibition will open on Thursday 18 January at 12.30pm.


On Wednesday 24 January, at Newcastle City Library’s Bewick Hall and on Thursday 25 January at The NewBridge Street Project’s Cinema Space, visitors are being invited to join Skimstone Arts’ Artistic Director Claire Webster Saaremets, Associate Artist Ako Ismail, musicians and story sharers to sit around a specially made campfire and listen to live and recorded performances of true stories, new and original songs, music, spoken word and poetry.


This powerful, thoughtful and uplifting experience highlights stories from diverse contributors about how freedoms have been stolen, lost and found. The experience will last approximately 40 minutes, is free and will be repeated at 12pm, 1.10pm and 2.20pm each day at each venue. This event is suitable for ages 12+.


Finally, on Friday 26 January at 12.30pm, listeners can tune in to Skimstone Radio via the charity’s website to hear highlights from the exhibition and event and thoughts from the audience.


If you are interested in getting involved, there are still opportunities to create new artwork or share stories that might be featured in the final event. To find out more visit www.skimstone.org.uk/get-involved


To book free tickets for the A Night of Fear & Freedom event at Newcastle City Library on Wednesday 24 January or at The NewBridge Project on Thursday 25 January visit www.eventbrite.com/cc/a-night-of-fear-freedom-2844129


A Night of Fear & Freedom has been made possible with funding from Newcastle City Council, Newcastle Libraries, Youth Music, Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland and in partnership with Theresa Easton, Fine Art Department at Newcastle University. It is part of the National Holocaust Memorial Day Programme and Newcastle City Council's Holocaust Memorial Day Events 2024. To find out more, visit www.skimstone.org.uk/a-night-of-fear-and-freedom.

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