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14-18 NOW is a programme of extraordinary arts experiences connecting us all with the First World War. Our programme takes place from 2014 to 2018 and is timed to mark the centenary of the war, which engulfed Europe, Asia and Africa from 1914 to 1918.

We are commissioning artists from all art forms to look afresh at this conflict and create shared experiences exploring this significant moment in time. 14-18 NOW has commissioned over 140 artworks to date, which have gone on to be seen by more than 30 million people in total. We work with cultural organisations across the UK to commission new art, theatre, film, dance, digital, music, poetry and mass-participation events.

We firmly believe in the transformative power of the arts to bring the stories of the First World War to life. Perceptions of the war have been shaped by the artists of the time, including poets, painters, photographers and film-makers – many of whom served and who reflected on the war and its effects. One hundred years later, today’s artists are opening up new perspectives on the present as well as the past.

Explore what’s on to find out more about what we do and how you can take part. From the Poppies touring the UK, to the #wearehere silent soldiers marking the centenary of the Somme, we are sure you will find something to fascinate you.

Some projects are happening throughout the commemoration period, such as the Poppies and Dazzle Ships, with additional major live seasons across the UK marking the Battle of Jutland and the Battle of the Somme in 2016 and the end of the war in 2018. Sign up to our ebulletins to receive the latest news.

14-18 NOW is a programme of extraordinary arts experiences connecting us all with the First World War. Our programme takes place from 2014 to 2018 and is timed to mark the centenary of the war, which engulfed Europe, Asia and Africa from 1914 to 1918.

We are commissioning artists from all art forms to look afresh at this conflict and create shared experiences exploring this significant moment in time. 14-18 NOW has commissioned over 140 artworks to date, which have gone on to be seen by more than 30 million people in total. We work with cultural organisations across the UK to commission new art, theatre, film, dance, digital, music, poetry and mass-participation events.

We firmly believe in the transformative power of the arts to bring the stories of the First World War to life. Perceptions of the war have been shaped by the artists of the time, including poets, painters, photographers and film-makers – many of whom served and who reflected on the war and its effects. One hundred years later, today’s artists are opening up new perspectives on the present as well as the past.

Explore what’s on to find out more about what we do and how you can take part. From the Poppies touring the UK, to the #wearehere silent soldiers marking the centenary of the Somme, we are sure you will find something to fascinate you.

Some projects are happening throughout the commemoration period, such as the Poppies and Dazzle Ships, with additional major live seasons across the UK marking the Battle of Jutland and the Battle of the Somme in 2016 and the end of the war in 2018. Sign up to our ebulletins to receive the latest news.

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