yoko ono news summer 2019

MANCHESTER INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL: YOKO ONO’S BELLS TO MAKE A NOISE FOR PEACE

BBC (July 4th 2019):

”Bells will ring out to open the Manchester International Festival after Yoko Ono called on thousands of people to make ”an incredible vibration”. Festival organisers hope a ”people’s orchestra of bells” will take part in her event, titled Bells For Peace.

”When I was a little girl and we wanted to celebrate, we always made sure to use the bell,” the Tokyo-born artist said. ”Peace is a celebration.”

Celebrating peace will be noisy, though, and ear-plugs will be provided. The venue for the event, Cathedral Gardens, is a stone’s throw from Manchester Arena, where 22 people were killed in a suicide bombing after an Ariana Grande concert in 2017.

Ono, 86, has been unable to travel to Manchester, but will appear on screens to lead the attendees through a series of instructions from 18:00 BST before the massed ring-a-thon.”

(..) ”Bells For Peace co-ordinator Emily Lim said the artist and musician ”didn’t want this to feel like something people were passive in”.

Lim said: ”She doesn’t feel or think of peace as a passive thing. She wants this moment to feel like something that is really active and energised, and that people feel like ’we have to do something’ to be part of this moment of action for peace.

”People should expect something quite physical, and it’s very accessible, everyone can do it. But the ringing of our bells is going to feel like something that takes effort, and our ambition is that it’s a moment that people feel really united in.”

From the original invitation to the peace event:

”People across Greater Manchester are currently designing and creating their own unique handcrafted ceramic bells at a series of special workshops. Join them on the day to hear them – or bring a bell of your own and join in!”

‘Come and join together to send a message of peace to the world. The beauty of this piece will break the sky and more. Ring for peace! PEACE is POWER! I love you all.’ – Yoko Ono

Emily Lim – Event Director
Shizuka Hariu & Shin Hagiwara – Site Designers
Ian William Galloway – Video Designer
Ben and Max Ringham – Sound Designers

Ceramic Bells – Produced by communities across Greater Manchester, facilitated by Standard Practice.

Commissioned and produced by Manchester International Festival. Supported by Paul Hamlyn Foundation as part of My Festival.