Playing away the nukes – Global wave action by young classical musicians in Kazakhstan

Playing away the nukes – Global wave action by young classical musicians in Kazakhstan

From April 24 – 30,  the finals of an international competition for young pianists will be held in Astana, Kazakhstan. 252 young talented players from 43 countries have competed for the final thirty places. Over the seven days of the finals, the young musicians will perform with the Astana Philharmonic Orchestra in an International Festival. 

One of the members of the jury - Tolegen Mukhamejanov – will lead a Wave goodbye to nuclear weapons with the young musicians.

Italian mayors celebrate Liberation Day with Global Wave actions

Italian mayors celebrate Liberation Day with Global Wave actions

April 25 is Liberation Day (Festa della Liberazione) in Italy.  It marks the fall of Mussolini's Italian Social Republic and the end of the Nazi occupation in Italy in 1945.  This national holiday day honors those who served in the Italian Resistance, and celebrates the peace and freedom since 1945. 

Mayors for Peace Italy is encouraging its member cities to use the occasion to call for liberation from nuclear weapons and the threat of nuclear war by joining Global Wave 2015 to ‘Wave goodbye to nuclear weapons.’

Global Wave at the New Zealand Peace and Pacifism Concert – links to Ypres, Belgium

Global Wave at the New Zealand Peace and Pacifism Concert – links to Ypres, Belgium

April 25 in New Zealand and Australia is ANZAC Day, a day for commemorating the First World War. The fighting was mostly in Europe, 18,000 kilometres from New Zealand  (15,000 km from Australia). Yet thousands of Kiwis and Aussies, under national conscription, made this long trip by sea to fight, kill and die in the ‘War to end all Wars.’  Some in New Zealand refused to join the slaughter, and were imprisoned for their pacifist stance.  Regardless of whether one supports the pacifists or honours those who fought, New Zealanders and Australians stop work on ANZAC Day to remember the war and to recognise the importance of peace.

After waving goodbye to nuclear weapons, please wave “Bon Voyage!” to the child-survivors.

 After waving goodbye to nuclear weapons, please wave       “Bon Voyage!” to the child-survivors.

On 27 April in Kochi, India, a group of elderly survivors of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki will be joining all of us to wave goodbye to nuclear weapons.  Why from Kochi?  Because that happens to be where, on their world tour, they will be on 27 April.  They will continue circumnavigating the world until they get back to Japan in time to attend the 70th commemorations of the attacks they remember all too vividly.