Holocaust Memorial Day Derby Commemorative Event 2021


09 February 2022

Holocaust Memorial Day Derby Commemorative Event 2021

A commemorative event to mark Holocaust Memorial Day, on Wednesday 27th January, will be available to view online this year. Presented by Derby’s Holocaust Memorial Day group, the theme for 2021 is ‘Be the Light in the Darkness’. The programme will include musical, dance and spoken word pieces as well as addresses representing international Embassies.

The commemorative event includes a keynote address by Dr Larissa Allwork, of the University of Derby with The Derby Hebrew Congregation’s Response to the Holocaust; music played on the Traditional Iranian Santoor; Derek Niemann and Dr Noemie Lopian, who together representing both sides of the Holocaust; a talk about Derby resident Olga Nahlak; presentations on behalf of the Derby Bosnia Herzegovina Community Association; and finally presentations on behalf of Derby’s Ukrainian Community include the Holodomor Service in The Sir Peter Hilton Memorial Gardens and a performance by Derby’s Hoverla Ukrainian Dance Ensemble. This year’s event is also dedicated to the memory of the late Geoff Robson, Derby Cathedral’s Exhibitions Officer and a founder member of Derby’s Holocaust Memorial Day Planning Group.

The commemorative Holocaust Memorial Day Derby film can be viewed below or on Youtube.

The film was produced by QUAD, and replaces the usual annual event of spoken word, music and performances held in the venue. It is presented by Derby’s Holocaust Memorial Day group, who have marked the date with a programme of events in Derby since 2001. There will also be other virtual events for 2021, including a virtual service at Derby Cathedral. For more information on Holocaust Memorial Derby events 2021, please see: 

The Right Worshipful the Mayor of the City of Derby, Councillor Frank Harwood said “I am incredibly proud of Derby’s engagement with Holocaust Memorial Day, not just this year, but also the years of hard work which have already been invested.  The commitment and determination of the Holocaust Memorial Day working group has been highlighted even more so by their response to the challenges faced by Covid-19. Their resilience to continue their work is inspiring, and on behalf of the City of Derby, I am very grateful for all that they have done, and I know will continue to do in the future.”

Notes to Editors

QUAD is currently closed to the public following government guidance. For the latest news on re-opening please see: 

QUAD is Derby’s centre for art and film, a mixed arts venue based on the Market Place. QUAD is the city’s cultural hub with a three-screen cinema, an art gallery showing the best in contemporary visual arts, digital workshop spaces plus an award-winning Café bar. QUAD Opened to the public on 26th September 2008. QUAD has been at the heart of Derby’s cultural scene since it opened and is now internationally recognised for providing quality and excellence in the Arts. 

QUAD delivers an exciting, innovative and diverse programme which is popular with visitors of all ages, with a reputation in Photography, digital innovation & family friendly events. The venue organises Derby Film Festival, FORMAT International Photography Festival and Summer Nights Outdoor Film Festival. QUAD is a partnership between Derby City Council and Arts Council England. QUAD is open daily from 10am for more information visit:  For further information on this event contact QUAD’s Marketing and Audience Development Manager Kathy Wilson on 01332 285422 / 07791441941

QUAD is a registered charity.