14-18 NOW, the UK’s official arts programme for the First World War centenary, has announced details of its 2016 season which centres on the anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.
Artists from around the world have been invited to create new works in response to the First World War and its impact on the world we live in
today. The programme takes place across the UK between 22 March and 18
November 2016 and features many free events. The themes of the 2016 season include the changing role of women, the treatment of conscientious objectors and the contribution of South Asian soldiers.
The 2016 programme takes place across the UK, with events in Margate, Manchester, Leith, Oxford, Perth, Norwich, Brighton, Sunderland, Cardiff, Aldeburgh, Kendal, Birmingham, Stockton-on-Tees, Bradford, Leeds, Belfast, Derry-Londonderry, Fife, Windermere, Orkney, Lincoln, Perth, Caernarfon and London.
Highlights of the 2016 Season include:
- Africa Express presents the Syrian National Orchestra for Arabic Music and Damon Albarn with guests at the Royal Festival Hall (25 June)
- Fashion & Freedom at Manchester Art Gallery sees Vivienne Westwood, Roksanda and other contemporary designers create new pieces inspired by the First World War and its impact on the role of women and women’s fashion (13 May – 27 November)
- A major new work by Yinka Shonibare at Turner Contemporary explores how new alliances forged in WW1 changed British society forever (23 March – 30 October)
- Dr Blighty (24-29 May) is an ambitious large-scale event that looks at the untold stories of the men who travelled from India to fight in WW1, and the experience of the injured soldiers who came to be located in Brighton, created by Nutkhut for Brighton Festival
- The Body Extended: Sculpture and Prosthetics at the Henry Moore
Institute explores the impact the First World War had on our understanding of the body and the developments of prosthetics, and includes a major new work by Rebecca Warren (21 July – 23 October)
- World premiere of In Parenthesis (from 13 May), Iain Bell’s opera based on David Jones’ epic poem, commissioned to mark the 70th birthday of Welsh National Opera
- New poetry by Simon Armitage and other leading poets reflecting on the Somme, presented as part of the Norfolk & Norwich Festival
- A large-scale new choral work by composer David Lang will engage
professional and amateur singers across the UK, premiering at the East Neuk Festival (2 July)
- Dazzle Ship Scotland – the fourth in the series of dazzle ships will see Turner Prize-nominated artist Ciara Phillips “dazzle” the MV Fingal in Leith (from 28 May)
- The iconic poppy sculpture Weeping Window from the installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper will go on display at St Magnus Cathedral in Orkney (22 April – 12 June) to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of Jutland
- 14-18 NOW will be a partner in Somme 100, the national centenary
commemoration of the outbreak of the Battle of the Somme taking place in Manchester on 1 July, which features a procession through Manchester to Heaton Park and an outdoor concert by the Hallé Orchestra
For details of the full 2016 14-18 NOW programme please see here