14-18 NOW is a programme of extraordinary arts experiences connecting people with the First World War. The programme takes place from 2014 to 2018 and is timed to mark the centenary of the war, which raged across Europe, Asia and Africa from 1914 to 1918. 14-18 NOW commissions artists from all art forms to look afresh at this conflict and create shared experiences exploring this significant moment in time, working with cultural organisations across the UK to commission new art, theatre, film, dance, digital, music, poetry and mass-participation events. The organisation firmly believes 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.
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