Message from Yoko Ono
The Dream Power 2008 Concert sold out two months ago over capacity (the capacity is eight thousand). 13 thousand tickets were sold. So many kids are determined to support this cause! I like the fact that while the world is panicing over the financial crisis, these Japanese artists are doing a charity show to build schools for African children. In seven years, we have built 75 schools in 18 countries. Now, thanks to these recent ticket sales, we have added another 10 schools. Now it’s 85 schools in 8 years! We don’t have to rely on the administration of each country – we can build our own platform to do something for the world.
Lots of love, yoko
December 2nd, 2008
Yoko Ono, currently in Japan, attended the press conference for “Dream Power John Lennon Super Live” with the singer Bonnie Pink at “Imagine Studio” at Nippon Broadcasting System, Inc. in Yurakucho, Tokyo, on December 2nd, ’08.
“Dream Power John Lennon Super Live” will be held at Nippon Budokan, Tokyo, Japan, with all-star Japanese musicians.on December 8th, ’08, the 28th anniversary of John Lennon’s death.
The press conference for the charity concert, “Dream Power John Lennon Super Live”, which will be held on December 8th, was held today on December 2nd, ’08. Yoko Ono and Bonnie Pink attended the conference and spoke about the results of the charities by the same concerts and their enthusiasm about this year’s concert.
At the beginning of the conference, Yoko Ono conveyed her appreciation for the people who produced the concerts by saying, “This concert is going to be the 8th anniversary this year, thanks to the many Japanese rockers, staff and people who support this. Thank you very much.” Also, as to the reasons why she started the concert, she pointed out three things: that she wanted to give education which will be the treasure through the lives for children in developing countries; that she wanted to convey to the world that Japanese people are assisting developing countries through the charity concerts like this on individual levels; and that she wanted to give encouragement to Japanese children who believe “I cannot do anything.”
This year commemorates the 40th year since John and Yoko started their first peace activity. As to the activities so far, Yoko, who continued the peace activities even after John’s passing, recalled the road for many years by saying, “I came to realize that I had to continue what both of us had done even after his passing and that I had to offer the love I’d given to John to the world. And then, by continuing the project, I realized that many people started giving me help.”
In the meantime, Bonnie Pink, who will perform at the concert for the third time this year, spoke of her enthusiasm with a smile, “I look forward to this because this live concert gives me overwhelming excitement every year. This live concert is a very happy concert through which not only can you fully enjoy the songs by John, but also you can help many new schools to be built by your participation. I look forward to listening to the songs each musician will sing. I will also sing the songs I chose with my heart for this year.”
At the end of the conference, an art performance by Yoko Ono was presented. In this performance, Yoko displayed the fragments of an urn broken into pieces and the photograph of its original shape. To the press reporters, she asked for their cooperation by saying, “Please send this message to those who will receive the fragments: we will gather together at this place in 10 years and mend the pieces back to one original shape.”
In this performance, Yoko’s message asks people who will receive each fragment (piece) to think about “peace” until they get together in 10 years. The press conference ended by assuring the ideology of “Dream Power”, which is when people’s dreams become one, they become a huge power to change the world.
Dream Power John Lennon Super Live
The Dream Power John Lennon Super Live will be held at Nippon Budokan in Tokyo on Dec 8 with several Japanese artists participating.
Participants: Yoko Ono, Ayaka, Tamio Okuda, Kazuyoshi Saito, Nobu Saito, Mari Natsuki, Salyu, The Sunday Drivers, Char, Tortoise Matsumoto, Fujifabric, Bonnie Pink, Aoi Miyazaki, Yuzu, Kazuya Yoshii & Love Psychedelico.
Proceeds from ticket sales for the annual event will be used to build schools in developing countries in Asia, Africa & South America.
Developing countries experience hardship due to feuds and poverty.
120 million people live on less than 100 yen a day.
113 million children are not able to study at school.
880 million people cannot read and write.
Poverty robs children of the opportunity to learn forcing them to become laborers.
The opportunity of education should be equal.
Why feuds and poverty do not disappear?
The power of thinking is born from education.
Everything starts with learning.
Let’s provide schools to children in developing countries.
We are building schools from the proceeds of the concerts.
We have donated 75 schools in 18 countries with the concerts so far.
Our goal is to build 10 schools this year.
Thank you, everyone.
No matter how small it is
Let each one of us have a dream
That will be the power to change the world.
Dream Power – John Lennon Super Live.
Let’s donate schools for the needy children in Asia, Africa & South America!
Message from Yoko Ono
Imagine that the circle of dream power is spreading over the world
This concert began in Japan eight years ago. The schools built in Asia and Africa from the support of the concerts now have reached 18 countries and 75 schools. The first graders of the schools that were first built are now seventh graders and the seventh graders have became adults. I want to thank you for your efforts and cooperation throughout this period.
I am glad to know that a circle of the dream power which was created by the performers and the audiences, as a whole, is giving tremendous hope and courage to children in Asia and Africa. When the dreams by each one of you gather together, they spread to the world by becoming the power of dream, and move the world little by little. By singing John’s songs together again this year, let’s spread the circle of dream power even further.
A dream you dream alone is only a dream.
A dream you dream together is reality.
I look forward to seeing you again!
John Lennon Music Festival Office
● Date: December 8th, 2008
● Time: Gate Opening/18:00 Show begins 19:00
● Place: Nihon Budokan
● 5 minutes walking distance from “Kudanshita Station” Exit 2 by Tokyo Metro
Tozai Line/Honzomon Line or Toei Shinjuku Line
● Advanced Tickets: All seats with reservation, 8,500 Yen (including Taxes)
— Ticket sales for the public starts on October 18th, 2008 at various play guides.