The scope of what you can do to commemorate HMD is limited only by your imagination. HMD activities have taken place in libraries, schools, cinemas, town halls, shopping centres, places of worship, shops and universities. Of course, how you choose to mark 27 January will also be influenced by your vision, objectives and audience and we have advice to guide you in our planning section.
That said, there are a number of different activity formats which are continually popular with organisers. Here are just some suggestions of the kinds of activities which provide a platform to fittingly commemorate HMD:
Listening to a speaker talk about the importance of HMD can be a profoundly moving experience for your audience. We have links to organisations who arrange genocide survivor speakers, but why not also consider drawing on the experience of others in your community – academics, young people who have visited Auschwitz or other relevant sites, local dignitaries, and those with experiences of contemporary hate crime all have important perspectives to share on HMD.
There are other powerful ways to represent the voices of those persecuted. Consider showing one of our filmed testimonies or read our film reviews for other options, play a podcast over your audio system or show our presentation or screensaver on your screens.
Create a commemorative display in your reception, shop, gallery, library, bookshop or on your notice board. Our Activity Pack has all the posters you need, we have free handout materials and we also have an image library with free pictures you can use.
Consider artistic responses. Dance, drama, music, poetry, visual art or a combination of them all are often used to help interpret the emotional themes of Holocaust Memorial Day and are a great way to involve different groups.
Hold lessons, assemblies or workshops in your learning environment. Our education resources will give you the tools you need for all ages, subjects and stages.
If you’re part of a book group or film club why not select your choice for January from our extensive bibliography and reviews.
Encourage contributions from the local community in fields like art, graphic design, creative writing or poetry. This is a great way to engage others and to build a strong programme - you could take inspiration from our 2012 Poetry Competition and Booklet.
Commemorate HMD as part of your sporting activities on 27 January. We have simple tips that outline how in our sports toolkit.
Hundreds of local authorities hold their own civic events or work with local faith and community groups, trade unions, schools and libraries to create a programme of events. Activities like these can have great value in promoting equality, community cohesion and arts development amongst many other points. To find out more about how your Council can be involved, come along to our next local workshop and read more in our advice for local authorities.
Come together in other simple but powerful ways - hold a commemorative meal, walk, flag raising or wreath laying activity or consider planting a memorial tree or garden for longevity.
Hold a ‘question and answer session’ or gather a diverse group to discuss the meaning of HMD and its contemporary relevance. Consider inviting representatives from different faith, ethnic, cultural and interest groups.
Twitter Q&As, online discussions and blogs are great platforms to reach lots of people. Please share your work with us for greater reach, through Twitter and Facebook.