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Promoting a nuclear-free world

Tuesday, 2nd September, 2008

The Community Voices choir will be singing peace songs at Bell's Milk Bar today to promote a nuclear-free world.

The public event is being held ahead of Hiroshima Day, August 6, the day in 1945 when an atomic bomb was dropped on the city in Japan.

More than 130,000 people were killed, some of them weeks and years later due to cancer and other diseases caused by radiation. A second atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, which brought World War Two to a close in the Pacific.

Choir Musical Director, Robynne Sanderson, said the aim of the concert was to focus public attention on Hiroshima Day in an informal setting.

The choir will be at Bell's from 3.30pm singing songs with a peace theme, including a song written by Morgan Street Public School students in 2006.

"At many Hiroshima Day events, Japanese paper cranes are used as a symbol of peace," said Ms Sanderson.

"On Saturday, one of the choir's songs will be about the origins of this peace symbol in relation to the events in Hiroshima."

Ms Sanderson said the world was still not free from the threat of nuclear war.

"The world faces many threats such as global warming, but nuclear weapons remain the greatest immediate danger," she said.

"Hiroshima Day is an opportunity to do something about this."

Hiroshima Day events are planned for many cities around Australia, including a march and rally at Town Hall Square in Sydney today, and a
Hiroshima Day Vigil in Perth on Wednesday.

The BH Community Voices practices each Saturday at the Napredak Club in Piper Street at 3pm.

The music is mainly a capella (unaccompanied), with two or three part harmony. The repertoire includes songs promoting reconciliation and social justice, traditional trade union songs, songs about caring for the environment, and World Music (songs from other countries such as South Africa). The choir recently performed at the Napredak 80th Anniversary, and at the BH Multicultural Women's Group dinner to raise awareness about domestic violence.

It will be performing at several community events in the coming months. New singers are welcome.

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