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Voices of War & Peace 2014

Victoria and Chamberlain Squares

Remembering 100 years ago…
August marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, 2 – 4 August. Birmingham plays host to a number of events over the anniversary weekend with further events planned throughout the anniversary years up until 2018, ensuring that we honour and remember those who fought and died in the First World War.

Centenary Programme of Events

Saturday 2 August, 1pm onwards
Chamberlain Square
Minimum Monument by Néle Azevedo presented by Birmingham Hippodrome
With support from Arts Council England and William A Cadbury Charitable Trust. Brazilian artist Néle Azevedo creates a mesmerising display of over 5,000 figures made out of ice. Minimum Monument deliberately celebrates the common man, honouring not only those who fought in WWI but all those who contributed, including families who made a sacrifice.

Sunday 3 August, 12 – 6pm
Victoria and Chamberlain Squares
Music, Poetry and Remembrance Commemorating the First World War. A full day’s entertainment programme, opening with Charlie Chaplin silent movies on the big Screen in Victoria Square and performances from The Midlands Military Community Choir and the Alan Warner Band and Music Hall Show with Maggie O’Hara. There will also be Living History displays, Military displays by the Armed Forces and craft workshops. The Gold medal winning Chelsea Flower Show First World War themed display will be open to the public.

Monday 4 August, 5.30 – 11pm
Birmingham Cathedral, Colmore Row, Candlelight Vigil
Visitors to the Cathedral will hear a beautiful mix of words, music and silence. The vigil will be led by the Cathedral clergy and in the final hour, there will be a live ‘big screen link-up’ with the service at Westminster Abbey. Visitors are very welcome to enter and leave the vigil at any time during the evening. The event will be part of Lights Out 14-18 which is a UK wide event which aims to have one light on at 11pm to mark the time at which war was declared on Germany in 1914.

Until 26 July 2015
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Soldier Stories: Birmingham and the Royal Warwickshire Regiment 1914 – 1918

Birmingham has long been one of the principal recruiting areas for the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, now the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. Soldier Stories recounts the experiences of Birmingham men who served with the Regiment between 1914 and 1918 using personal objects, medals and memorabilia. The exhibition includes material from Birmingham Museums and the Dave Vaux collection.

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Voices of War and Peace: the Great War and its Legacy is a new First World War Engagement Centre funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council and in partnership with the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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