Warwickshire Pride has joined forces with Coventry Pride for an evening of remembrance.

To mark Holocaust Memorial Day, Warwickshire Pride and Coventry Pride are putting on a joint event of remembrance at the Methodist Central Hall in Coventry city centre. Taking place on Friday 27th January from 7:00pm – 10:00pm, the event will welcome a range of musical performances and storytelling to remember the victims of the holocaust, many of whom were gay.

Internationally renowned Yiddish singer Rachel Weston has been booked to perform, as has acclaimed street dancer Kian-Taylor Jackson, who will be performing a lyrical dance that fuses ballet with jazz styles. Stories about the holocaust and the victims of the genocide will also be told, alongside guest speakers from the Jewish community. A silent auction will also run, raising funds for Warwickshire Pride, Coventry Pride, and the Rainbow Jews project. Surat-Shaan Knan, founder of Rainbow Jews, will also be attending the event to inform attendees about his new oral history project, Rainbow Pilgrims.

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Daniel Browne, Chair of Warwickshire Pride, said: “We are thrilled to be joining forces with our neighbouring Pride, Coventry, to put on this wonderful and important event for the community. The holocaust is an awful period in history, in which many victims were LGBT+, so we intend to remember those victims with an evening of music, singing, dancing and storytelling. We are pleased to be supporting the Rainbow Jews project through this event, and look forward to welcoming anyone who wishes to attend.”

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The Holocaust Memorial Day Event takes place on Friday 27th January from 7:00pm – 10:00pm at Coventry Central Hall, Warwick Lane, Coventry, CV1 2HA. Entry is free, although donations on the evening are encouraged. Refreshments will be available. Children and families are very welcome to attend, as is anyone. For further information, please visit the event’s page at www.facebook.com.