Ono to mark Lennon's 70th birthday
Published 26/08/2010 | 20:33
Music legend John Lennon will be celebrated by his widow Yoko Ono with a series of events in Iceland to mark what would have been his 70th birthday.
The artist and peace campaigner will round off her activities with a performance by the Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band on October 9.
She will also be presenting awards to figures chosen for their contribution to world peace with a biennial award created in 2002.
The Lennon Ono Grant for Peace - created to honour Lennon's dedication to peace and human rights will go to four recipients: Filmmaker Josh Fox wrote and directed the documentary feature film Gasland the years; Author Michael Pollan who has written bestselling books about the interaction of nature and society; Author and activist Alice Walker, most famous for her book The Color Purple, who travelled to Gaza last year to oppose the Israeli blockade and wrote about her experiences and Barbara Kowalcyk who has campaigned for food safety.
After the award ceremony Yoko will light the Imagine Peace Tower illuminated memorial, which is located on an island close to Icelandic capital Reykjavik.