Yoko Ono has today announced the four recipients of the 2016 Lennon Ono Grant For Peace, the biennial award she inaugurated in 2002:
(b. 1967 in Copenhagen, Denmark)
(b. 1954 in Bombay, India)
Hungarian poet, performance artist and actress
(b. 1942 in Novi Sad, Serbia)
Chinese artist and activist
(b. 1957 in Beijing, China)
Yoko said of the four recipients; “I’m very proud to award the 2016 Lennon Ono Grant For Peace to the four incredible individuals named here. To have to label any of them with a description of what they do is both limiting and frustrating, because what they give to our world is so much bigger than even the tangible art they create. Born in different cultures, each of the recipients has shown us the true path of creativity, belief and hope for the world. Their huge contribution to our world is so much greater than the sum of its parts.”
Previous recipients of the award have included Doctors Without Borders, Josh Fox, Michael Pollan, Alice Walker, The Centre for Constitutional Rights, Pussy Riot, Art Production Fund, and the late Rachel Corrie.
As ever, this year’s awards will be presented in Reykjavik, Iceland, on October 9 (John Lennon’s birthday). Since 2007, Yoko has travelled to Iceland to lead ceremonies commemorating John Lennon’s birthday. On that day she illuminates IMAGINE PEACE TOWER, a vast tower of light, which is situated on the island of Videy. The tower is lit from that day until the day of Lennon’s death, December 8.