Jack Brooke-Battersby
By Jack Brooke-Battersby

Senior Staff Writer

19 December 2019

| | 3 min read


Newcastle's Holocaust Memorial Day 2020 programme revealed

This year’s programme for Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) 2020 in Newcastle has been revealed around the theme of ‘Stand Together’. 

Stand Together - HMD 2020 theme
Stand Together - HMD 2020 theme

HMD happens every year on January 27th and brings people across the world together to remember the millions of lives lost through Nazi persecution and more recent tragedies in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.  

HMD in 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the freedom of Auschwitz and 25 years since the Genocide in Bosnia.  

This year’s theme ‘Stand Together’ explores how genocidal regimes through history have torn about communities and society by separating certain groups and how this can be challenged by individuals who have stood together with their neighbours, friends and family to speak out against oppression.  

In Newcastle, a variety of arts, film, performance, poetry, music, spoken events and exhibitions are being held on, and in the run up to, January 27. 

Children at Projects4Change at the Cowgate Centre begin work on their art project for HMD 2020

Memorial Flame project with Projects4Change

Cllr Joyce McCarty, Deputy Leader of Newcastle City Council, said: “Holocaust Memorial Day is a hugely significant day in the calendar which allows us to come together to remember those who went through some of the worst atrocities imaginable. 

“This year’s theme ‘Stand Together’ encourages exactly the kind of behaviour we strive for in Newcastle of being inclusive and welcoming and I am looking forward to seeing this through the incredible programme that has been prepared for 2020.  

“Holocaust Memorial Day serves up memories of humankind at its worst, but by coming together in this significant anniversary year we are able to condemn the actions seen in Nazi Germany, Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur to history, and remember there is much more that unites us than divides us.” 

Click here to download the programme to see Holocaust Memorial Day events taking place.