NO MORE HIBAKUSHA
FOR A FUTURE WITHOUT NUCLEAR WEAPONS

COMMEMORATION HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI 2021 IN LEUVEN

 

EXHIBITION: NO MORE HIBAKUSHA!

A FUTURE WITHOUT NUCLEAR WEAPONS

Up to the present, massive amounts of money have been invested in nuclear weapons, which is money which then canft be used for our youth, education, health, climate, and for the struggle against poverty. It brings also a heavy burden for future generations.

Japan is a country with a terrible nuclear history (Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Fukushima). Young peopleare now living with the legacy of these disasters, as will future generations. There is not only the health issue but also the discrimination against people who survived the atomic bombings (Hibakusha).

The Leuven Peace Movement and Pax Christi Flanders invited young Japanese artists and Japanese students to make artworks for this exhibition: the topic is eHow young people see a future without nuclear weaponsf. How do young Japanese people experience their history? How do they regard nuclear weapons today?
Discover in the exhibition how they see their future without nuclear weapons.

  • When: During the month of August 2021 (Tuesday to Sunday 13h30 till 16h30)
  • Where: Sint-Michiels Peace Church, Naamsestraat 57a, Leuven, Belgium
  • Free donation

 

PEACE PULPIT: COMMEMORATION HIROSHIMA & NAGASAKI - eBeware of Sciencef by Els de Groen.

Els calls on people to beware of science. And to question the things we know but do not understand well enough to calculate the consequences.

On August 6 and 9 ,1945, the Japanese cities Hiroshima and Nagasaki were destroyed completely by nuclear bombs. In the following years we have seen a worldwide nuclear arms race. Thirty years after the end of the Cold War, more than 13.000 nuclear weapons are still a threatto billions of people. U.S./NATO nuclear weapons are also stored on Belgian territory. Nuclearweapons are immoral and illegal. Time for change!

The Sint-Michiels Peace Churchhas a clear commitment to work on peace and justice; it has been a long tradition of the church. This year Els de Groen, from the Netherlands, will climb the pulpit. With her expertise on radiation levels and the effects on human beings, she will speak to the audience at 15h.

Program
  • Welcome with Live organ 14u45
  • Peace Pulpit by Els De Groen
  • Opening of the exhibition with live organ music and reception.
  • When: Sunday August 1th, 15h.
  • Where Sint-Michiels Vredeskerk, Naamsestraat 57a, Leuven

 

AUDIO TOUR/WALK: eCRACK THE CODEf

LINKS WITH NUCLEAR WEAPONS IN LEUVEN

This walk through center of Leuven takes you to places with surprising stories about nuclear weapons; famous voices from Leuven tell you the stories.

There is also a surprisetreasure hunt for children. eDismantle the nuclear bombf and eLook to a future without nuclear weapons in your own town! e

  • Where: in the center of Leuven, start at Benedenplein or Sint-Michiel Peace Church. The walk can start in both directions.
  • Route: by QR-codes on the way, +/- 4 km
  • When: from august 1, 2021 on till november

 

VIGIL IN SILENCE - TOGETHER WITH WOMEN IN BLACK

We commemorate the many victims of the nuclear bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.We call for nonviolent action for a world without nuclearweapons and demand the Belgiangovernmenttosign the UN Treaty for the Prohibition of NuclearWeapons (TPNW)

  • Where: Grote Markt, before the historical townhall of Leuven
  • When: august,4, 2021 - 12h30 to 13h

 

This program has been devised and developed by the Peace Movementof Leuven together with Pax Christi Flanders. With support from the City of Leuven and the St. Michiels Peace Church.
Special thanks goes to the following artists and Japanese students for their contributions, specialydesigned for thisexhibition in Leuven.
:

Misa Furitsu en TarsisGarcia - Nobuto Hirano - the Nagasaki Peace Messenger students - the Executive Commitee of the 10.000 High School Students SignatureCampaign - KeikoKoshimitsu - Fukushima University, Graduate School of Art and Design: TakutoUmezu, KonomiSakuma, DaijuSatoh, Mana Suzuki, ReikoOhta, TakeshiOhmiya, ManamiKanno, MiyuYauchi, - prof. KoichiWatanabe - Yasuyo Tanaka - Ad MorningsCollective: Jang-Chi, Yamato Yuka, TsuchimotoAyumi, ZoeSchellenbaum, IidaRisako, KaribeTaro, Hwajin Lee, YamashinaKoichi, Yuni Hong Charpe, SijiaLuo, KojimaHiromi, Akari Yasuda-Akiki, Joyce Lam, AlexandreTaalba, HanaokaMio