Peace From New York: An Evening of Nagasaki Peace Ceremony Live Viewing Event with Music and Poetry Reading
Tuesday, August 8 from 8:00 p.m. until 10:45 p.m.
Studio 353 – 353 W. 48th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues), 2nd Floor
Suggested Donation: $10
New York Peace Film Festival (NYPFF) will hold a live viewing event of the Nagasaki Peace Ceremony with music and poetry reading at Studio 353.
This year commemorates the 72nd anniversary of the tragic bombing of Nagasaki during World War II. Until August 9, 1945, Nagasaki had a rich history and played an important role in Japanese history. Dejima, a fan-shaped man-made island, was built by the wealthy merchants in Nagasaki in the early 16th century. It was Japan’s only door to the world, trading with the West, initially with the Portuguese and then the Dutch. We are also entertained by the stories like Puccini’s Madame Butterfly and the film Silence, which are set in the port city where East meets West.
NYPFF has been involved with live viewing events since 2012 when the City of Nagasaki began broadcasting the ceremony with English voiceovers. NYPFF delivers the ultimate wish of Hibakusha, survivors of the bombing, that Nagasaki will be the last city to experience a nuclear attack in our human history.
Before the viewing event, there will be a musical performance by New York-based award-winning jazz pianist Takeshi Ohbayashi and classically trained singer Hiromi Kajiwara from Japan. Mari Maeda, a reporter/announcer, will read poetry to open the event.
8:00 p.m. until 9:20 p.m. – Music with Poetry Reading
9:30 p.m. until 10:45 p.m. – Nagasaki Peace Ceremony Live Viewing