14–18 NOW is commissioning leading artists to create new work as part of the UK’s First World War centenary commemorations.
Musicians, writers, painters, photographers, theatre directors, film-makers, digital designers, composers, poets, choreographers and more will be invited to look afresh at the First World War and what its many stories reveal about the world we live in today.
14–18 NOW will work with arts organisations to give audiences and communities across the UK the chance to see and take part in the programme.
The work will be presented in three distinct seasons: the first of these will commemorate the centenary of the start of the First World War and will run from June to August 2014. Highlights will include the UK premiere of Royal De Luxe’s Memories of August 1914, co-commissioned with Liverpool City Council, and a large-scale participatory event on 4 August and a series of events with LIFT including After A War, curated by Mark Ball and Tim Etchells. After A War will platform over 20 international artists and companies from the UK, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and South America, reflecting on the impact and legacy of WW1 and on contemporary issues of war and peace.
Further seasons will be presented in summer 2016 (centenary of the start of the Battle of the Somme on 1 July) and autumn 2018 (centenary of the Armistice on 11 November).
Come back in March 2014 to see our full website with details of our commissions and partners.