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Lady Gaga Coming To Iceland

Lady Gaga Coming To Iceland

Published October 5, 2012

Singer Lady Gaga will be coming to Iceland next week, to accept a peace award from Yoko Ono.
RÚV reports that the singer will be coming to Iceland to take part in an event at Harpa this Tuesday that will award five recipients with the LennonOno Grant For Peace. In a statement from artist Yoko Ono, who will be officiating the event, Gaga is described as “one of the biggest living artists of our time. She is not only an artist, she is also an activist, using her art to bring better communication to the world. She is being acknowledged for her activism, and how her album Born This Way has widely changed the mental map of the world. And how it has made us deal with the future world, which happens to be here already.”
Others who will be honoured at the occasion are Rachel Corrie, a peace activist who died in 2003 when an Israeli bulldozer crushed her to death as she tried to stop the destruction of a family home in Gaza; John Perkins, author of Confessions of an Economic Hitman; Christopher Hitchens, a noted humanist and atheist who has written extensively on the negative effects of organised religion; and the Russian punk rock band Pussy Riot, three members of which are currently serving a two-year prison sentence for a protest concert they held in an Orthodox church earlier this year.
The award ceremony itself will take place at 14:00 Icelandic time. This will be followed by the lighting of the Peace Tower on the island of Viðey at 20:00. Those not able to attend the lighting in person will be able to watch it live at the Imagine Peace Tower website (warning: autoloading music).



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