Sunday, August 21, 2011

A-Ha play for Utøya

Oslo is hosting a major national event today as a memorial for those killed in the Utøya and Oslo attacks last month. As part of the memorial, A-Ha will be performing, and their official statement as to why they got involved is worth sharing:

On 22 July, we, like everyone else in Norway and the rest of the world, were shaken to the soul by these actions of cruelty and violent provocation against everything we stand for.

We are also very proud to belong to a small country where people, politicians and the royal family worked together and showed solidarity in the face of such tragedy, and we are grateful to be asked to participate in the memorial ceremony.

We do this to honor those who have been torn away, to show appreciation to everyone who made an effort to help on July 22, and to express our sympathy to the survivors who now are left in sorrow."