On 1 July 2016, thousands of volunteers took part in a modern memorial to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. we’re here because we’re here saw around 1,400 voluntary participants dressed in First World War uniform appear unexpectedly in locations across the UK.


‘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. Produced by Birmingham Repertory Theatre and the National Theatre, in collaboration with 27 organisations.


On Monday 11 July at the National Theatre, Jeremy Deller, Rufus Norris, Director of 14-18 NOW, Jenny Waldman and Senior Associate Director, Emily Lim explored its conception, journey and delivery with Lyse Doucet, Chief International Correspondent for the BBC. Watch the video below:

On November 13th Remembrance Sunday Jeremy Deller will be discussing ‘we’re here because we’re here’ with Firstsite’s director Sally Shaw more details: HERE


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