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A CREATIVE, COLLECTIVE ACT COMMEMORATING THE SOMME

SOMME 100 MANCHESTER

1 July 2016

MANCHESTER

Free

Image credit: Manchester Regiment Heaton Park Camp (Manchester Libraries, Information and Archive, Manchester City Council Council)

SOMME 100 MANCHESTER

Image credit: Manchester Regiment Heaton Park Camp (Manchester Libraries, Information and Archive, Manchester City Council Council)

On the 1 July 2016, Manchester hosted the National Commemoration of the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme which culminated with a major cultural event in Heaton Park.

As the country prepared for war, Heaton Park served as a training camp for a number of the Manchester Regiment Battalions. Many of these soldiers had been recruited to serve alongside their friends, relatives and colleagues – hence the battalions’ nickname, the ‘Pals’. After their training, the Manchester Pals were dispatched to France, where they fought in the Battle of the Somme alongside regiments from across the UK and around the world.

100 years on, Heaton Park played host to a very special event which featured: a special performance by a national children’s choir accompanied by newly commissioned short films, breath-taking dance choreographed by Lucy Hind and Dan Watson, a concert by the Hallé Orchestra and culminated with a reading of a newly commissioned poem by Lemn Sissay.

The event also provided the opportunity to view the 80m long Path of the Remembered which comprised individual tiles designed by people from across the country in tribute to those affected by the Battle of the Somme.

Click here for more details on the Path of the Remembered.

Watch below for a film on how the event was created and delivered, and see the Video Gallery for 6 short films created by Sodium for the day.

Produced by Manchester City Council on behalf of HM Government
The cultural content is co-commissioned with 14-18 NOW

Dates, Times & Locations

1 July 2016

Heaton Park
Middleton Rd, Higher Blackley
Manchester
M25 2SW

 

CREATIVE TEAM

Project Director Sara Robinson
Artistic Director Alan Lane
Designer David Farley
Lighting Designer Chris Davey
Composer Heather Fenoughty
Choreographers Lucy Hind and Dan Watson
Films by Sodium. Archival film from Imperial War Museums and North West Film Archives

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