Created by CORE Education Trust, Echo Eternal is a commemorative arts, media and civic engagement project. The project was originally inspired by British Holocaust survivors’ testimonies recorded with Natasha Kaplinsky OBE in 2015 and 2016 on behalf of UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation.
The project brings together diverse communities in a collaborative context, using a common focus of Holocaust memorial and genocide awareness, also including testimony from the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.
This focus is supported by the creation of artistic responses from and civic alliances between schools and partner organisations, with different social and cultural characteristics. https://echoeternal.uk/
Participant schools and organisations work with artists or via an art medium to develop an artistic response to survivor testimony. We call the art pieces Echoes (Holocaust). Examples can be found here on the Echo Eternal YouTube channel.
Echo Eternal: Horizons Festival
Every January, as part of the national Holocaust Memorial Day events, we produce the Echo Eternal: Horizons Festival. Participating schools and organisations, from across England, come together to collectively showcase their echoes, either through exhibition or performance, all artwork is inspired by their survivor testimony.
Echo Eternal: Horizons 2022 (17-28th January 2022)
|Film Exhibition in Train Stations (England)||17-28th January 2022||2-minute film, showcasing Echoes based on survivor testimony, was shown on LG Foster screens throughout New Street Station, Liverpool Lime Street and Kings Cross Station|
|The Great Sew||24th January 2022||In November 2021, partners were invited to create individual patches, in response to survivor testimony. On the 24th January partners came together, in their individual settings, to sew their patches and create a patchwork quilt.|
|Survivor Visit||25th January 2022||Peter Lantos (Holocaust Survivor) spoke to students from across CORE schools and Dulwich College|
|Echo Eternal: Horizons 2022||26th January 2022||Performance at Town Hall Birmingham by CORE, Dulwich College and LIPA Students. The performance was supported by the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and Autin Dance Theatre|
|Holocaust Memorial Day||27th January 2022||Quiet reflection https://www.hmd.org.uk/|
|Anti- Semitism Symposium||28th January 2022||10am – 11am: Student session on Anti-Semitism
3:30pm – 4:30pm: Teacher session on Anti-Semitism
Education and Learning Resources
Each school is encouraged to consider applying to become a UCL Beacon School and to secure accreditation as a Refugee Welcome School from the NASUWT.
We have also developed Key Stage 3 learning resources, which direct social and emotional learning via survivor testimony. These will be available for download soon.