Yoko Ono has been made an honorary citizen of Reykjavík, Iceland.
The City Council Executive Committee of Reykjavík bestowed the honour on Ono yesterday (October 9) at Höfdi House in Reykjavík. Only three people have previously received the honour. Jón Gnarr, Mayor of Reykjavík City commented: “With her outstanding work Yoko Ono has pointed the light of peace to Reykjavík. It is therefore a great honour to award her with the title honorary citizen of Reykjavík. Yoko’s contribution to peace and human rights issues in the world is unique.”
Speaking at the ceremony, Ono said: “Thank you for making me an honorary citizen of Reykjavik. It is indeed a great honour. It gives me an immense encouragement to continue doing good work. John [Lennon] and I believed in Nutopia, which would make all of us citizens of the world. But inside the world, there is a land of our hearts that is shining with warmth, truth and beauty called Iceland. Each time I visit the land, I am reminded of what is essential and therefore most important in life. Thank you, thank you, thank you for being you.”
The Imagine Peace Tower is currently situated on Videy island in Reykjavík. The tower was lit in 2007 and shines annually from Ono’s late partner John Lennon’s birthday (October 9) until December 8 – the day he died.
Meanwhile, Ono is to release a 10-inch with RZA from the Wu-Tang Clan. The pair previously worked together in 2010, staging a night of performance art in the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, which included them playing chess together and performing musical duets. However, the forthcoming 10-inch will be their first recorded work available to the public. Included on the release will be live recordings of ‘Seed of Joy / Life Is a Struggle’ as well as Yoko Ono’s Plastic Ono Band’s ‘Greenfield Morning I Pushed An Empty Baby Carriage All Over The City’. The release will be available via a limited run of 1,000 on one-sided vinyl with an etching done by Ono on the B-side. Proceeds from the sale of the vinyl will go to the Children’s Literary Society, a non-profit association dedicated to the academic study of literature for children