Legendary artist, musician and peace advocate, YOKO ONO, announced today she will be holding several events in Iceland on October 9th to promote peace throughout the world and to celebrate what would have been John Lennon’s 70th birthday.

The Lennon Ono Grant for Peace 2010

The LennonOno Grant for Peace was created to honour her late husband John Lennon’s dedication to peace and commitment to the preservation of human rights. Created in 2002, this biennial award has always been given to two recipients. To mark this special anniversary year, Yoko Ono will be presenting this award to four recipients who have been selected based on their courage and commitment to peace, truth and human rights.

The recipients are:

Filmmaker Josh Fox wrote and directed the documentary feature film Gasland in 2010. Josh’s work is known for its mix of gripping narrative, heightened imagery and its commitment to socially conscious themes and subjects.

Barbara Kowalcyk was propelled into food safety advocacy in 2001, when her two-year-old son, Kevin, died after suffering an E.coli infection from tainted food. Barbara and her mother Patricia Buck created the Center for Foodborne Illness & Prevention (CFI) a national non-profit organization committed to improving public health by preventing foodborne illness through research, education, advocacy and service.

Author Michael Pollan has been writing books and articles about the places where nature and culture intersect: on our plates, in our farms and gardens, and in the built environment. He is the author of numerous best sellers, most recently Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual.

Author, poet, and activist Alice Walker is known for her brave stance against racism, sexism, and human rights issues. In 2009, she traveled to Gaza along with a group of 60 other female activists from the anti-war group Code Pink to oppose the controversial blockade and violence against Gaza by Israel and Egypt. Her book Overcoming Speechlessness documents her experiences in Gaza and abroad.


Later that evening at 8:00 pm local time, the much anticipated annual lighting of IMAGINE PEACE TOWER will take place.

Yoko Ono invites people all over the world to join her in spirit when she lights IMAGINE PEACE TOWER in remembrance of John Lennon on his 70th birthday.

As IMAGINE PEACE TOWER is illuminated on the island of Viðey, she asks everyone to join together and let the power of light and prayer become a collective expression of the desire for peace and harmony on our planet.

8pm Reykjavík = 9pm Liverpool = 4pm New York = 1pm LA = 5am Tokyo (on 10th)
All other world times are here

See www.IMAGINEPEACE.com on 9th October 2010 to view a live feed of IMAGINE PEACE TOWER.


Live performance in Reykjavík, Iceland, Oct 9, 2010.

After the lighting, YOKO ONO PLASTIC ONO BAND will play a special concert.

Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band, revived last year by Yoko and Sean Ono Lennon after a long hiatus, will play an exclusive concert at Háskólabíó, Reykjavík on October 9th.

The concert, which will be dedicated to John Lennon, is one of the events that Yoko Ono will be holding in Reykjavík, Iceland on October 9th to celebrate what would have been John Lennon’s 70th birthday and promote peace throughout the world.

In its earliest incarnation, PLASTIC ONO BAND featured Ono’s late husband John Lennon, and released “Give Peace a Chance” in 1969. Forty years later Ono revived the project, releasing Between My Head and the Sky. The album has garnered impressive critical acclaim, including four & five-star reviews from Rolling Stone, Mojo, Spin, Uncut, Q, NME, Nylon, Pitchfork and others.

Last year, Yoko was also recognized with the prestigious Golden Lion lifetime achievement award at the Venice Biennale, and the Mojo Magazine Lifetime Achievement Award.

Under the musical direction of Sean Ono Lennon, the new PLASTIC ONO BAND includes Japanese musicians Haruomi Hosono (of Yellow Magic Orchestra), Yuka Honda (of Cibo Matto) and Keigo Oyamada, Shimmy Hirotaka Shimizu and Yuko Araki (of Cornelius). YOKO ONO PLASTIC ONO BAND will certainly leave its mark on Reykjavík City.

For the first time, Reykjavík audiences will be treated to a performance by YOKO ONO PLASTIC ONO BAND that The New York Times called “…ghostly, furious, dreamy, caustic, urgent, exultant, orgasmic” and MTV hailed it as “Historic and genius”.

All proceeds from the ticket sales will be donated to a good cause in Iceland. Further details to be announced.

The concert is now SOLD OUT.

Dear Family of Peace

I would like you all to know how beautiful Iceland is, and how much I love the country and its people.

Thank you, Iceland and Icelanders for being what you are – a family of wisdom, showing the world how we can protect our Earth and its spirits.

I love you!


Yoko Ono
1 June 2010

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11 Responses to Iceland events to celebrate John Lennon’s 70th Birthday: 9th October 2010

  1. Pamela Hadesty says:

    Where can we send three original, copywrited peace songs? We are getting a great response when we play them at our Oneness Center and at other Peace rallies . Everyone says they would be perfect for Yoko Ono’s Peace movement.
    Thank you
    Pamela & Mark Hadesty

  2. Albert Hendrix says:

    Hello Dear Yoko,

    When i will visit Reckjavik it it possible that i can bring a visit to the Paecetower?And will there be a ceremony on 8 december?
    Because iam visit Reckjavik in december 2010…

    Love Albert

  3. Susan Hamilton says:

    Happy Birthday John. It’s very comforting for me to know that your Imagine tower is there and shining for all of us. We will make your dreams come true.

  4. kevin flynn says:

    love is!

  5. TSGordon says:

    Thank you for honoring Josh Fox today in Iceland. Here in Arkansas, where the rampant destruction from drilling is fresh and the damages go largely unrecognized, all I can think about is Chrissy Hinde, singing, “My City Was Gone.” My favorite ‘Freeway blog’ of the week:

    “Who” are we fighting for? ..not Bush, ..not Regan ..not JFK!

  6. karmen says:

    i love you Yoko! Stay strong and free and beautiful!
    Be impervious, love imperviously! you always have.
    next year I am to live in Iceland and I can hardly wait! (to be a part of the peace tower lighting).
    I love you.

  7. Rachelle says:

    I wish the world peace. Love to all mankind. Stop the violence and
    the hatred. Except each other for who and what we are.
    Peace always Rachelle

  8. mucius scaevola says:

    Good choice !!!

    No better place to celebrate John than Iceland !!!

    I’m heading to NYC tomorrow and stop by @ Strawberry Fields.

  9. I would very much like to have Yoko Ono see the painting that I did of my brother inspired at the time of the death of John which is my interpretation of how everyone around the world felt at the time of this senseless tragedy. The painting is titled “Mourning Dove” referring to John being a political dove for peace and my brother’s love of birds.

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