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UK'S 14-18 NOW Organization Announces their Schedule for 2018 

By Chris Isleib
Director of Public Affairs, United States World War One Centennial Commission

UnknownOur partner arts organization in the UK, the famed 14-18NOW, has announced the details of their final season of extraordinary arts experiences. These public art pieces are aimed at connecting people with the First World War.

The slate of events includes new films by Peter Jackson and Danny Boyle, a Dazzle Ship in New York City Harbor, and much much more.

14-18 NOW is a five-year program of extraordinary arts experiences connecting people with the First World War. Working with arts and heritage partners all across the UK, they commission new artworks from leading contemporary artists, musicians, designers and performers, inspired by the period 1914-18.

A04223 window fall and shard1 593x34014-18 NOW produced the phenomenal Tower Hill Poppies in 2014 in the moat of the Tower of London, one poppy for each of the 888,246 British and Commonwealth troops who died in WWI.Since the start of the First World War centenary in 2014, 14-18 NOW has commissioned 213 UK and international artists and over 300 arts and cultural organizations to present 73 projects across the United Kingdom. More than 30 million people have engaged with the First World War through these brand new artworks and events.

The group has created such worldwide public art pieces as the poppies in the Tower of London, and the Reenactors of "We Are Here on the centennial of the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

The 2018 season marks the centenary of the Armistice and features brand new commissions by leading contemporary artists from the UK and around the world.

14-18 NOW will be commemorating 100 years since Armistice with a number of exciting commissions – culminating in a work by the brilliant Danny Boyle, who will invite communities across the UK to come together and mark this date.

While Armistice Day 1918 was undoubtedly a time for rejoicing, it was one tempered by the huge scale of loss and the fears of an uncertain future. Telling the homecoming stories of those who fight and live in war, 100: UnEarth, a new commission by WildWorks at The Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall, will look at the devastating aftermath of conflict.

Graeae Theatre Company will also pay moving tribute to Britain’s wounded war veterans in This Is Not for You. Co-commissioned by Blesma, The Limbless Veterans, it’s a story of veterans’ fight for respect and remembrance.

Further commissions addressing homecoming and the end of the war include Contagion, Traces of the Great War, The Art of Border Living and many more.

With this final season 14-18 NOW hopes to build on this success with the help of hundreds of brilliant artists, arts and heritage partners, funders and supporters without which this ambitious program would not be possible.

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