We Are Here

On 1st July 2016, 1,400 voluntary participants dressed in First World War uniform appeared unexpectedly in locations across the UK to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.

” We’re here because we’re here” was a UK-wide event commissioned by 14-18 NOW, conceived and created by Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller in collaboration with Rufus Norris, Director of the National Theatre.

A truly haunting and modern commemoration of the events which was superb in two ways, that the organisers were able to keep the whole thing a secret, and that the commemoration was done in a stealth type way, just fitting a remnant of the past in to the bustle of modern day life, but in such a way to make you stop, look and think.

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