Hiroshima citizens to hold event to promote World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates

by Yumi Kanazaki, Staff Writer

Citizens' groups in Hiroshima will hold an outdoor event around the A-bomb Dome area on November 11 to help promote "The 2010 World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates," set for November 12 to 14 in the city of Hiroshima. Summit participants and musicians will be invited to the event and the citizens' groups are calling on the public to take part.

The event will be organized by such groups as the Pikadon Project, the Hiroshima Alliance for Nuclear Weapons Abolition (HANWA), and the NPO ANT-Hiroshima (Asian Network of Trust).

At 3 p.m. on November 11, on the riverbank across from the A-bomb Dome, the well-known illustrator Seitaro Kuroda will engage in "live painting," expressing his wish for the abolition of nuclear weapons on canvas. His performance will be accompanied by trumpet player Toshinori Kondo.

At 5:30 p.m. that day, an anti-nuclear rally in front of the A-bomb Dome will be held. The candle-lit rally will feature Jayantha Dhanapala, President of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, interacting with local citizens.

Tomoko Watanabe, executive director of ANT-Hiroshima, said at a press conference held at City Hall: "To help raise awareness of the summit, we plan to transmit this event over the Internet to a large number of people."

(Originally published on October 28, 2010)

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