Somme 100 Manchester

On the 1 July 2016, Manchester hosted the National Commemoration of the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme which culminated with a major cultural event in Heaton Park.Slung Low provided artistic leadership to this national event of creative engagement and rememberance which involved over 36,000 people.

Heaton Park served as a training camp for a number of the Manchester Regiment Battalions. After their training, they were dispatched to France, where they fought in the Battle of the Somme alongside regiments from across the UK and around the world.

100 years on, Heaton Park hosted a special event which featured a special performance by a national children’s choir accompanied by newly commissioned short films, breath-taking dance choreographed by Lucy Hind and Dan Watson, a concert by the Hallé Orchestra and culminated with a reading of a newly commissioned poem by Lemn Sissay which you can read by clicking here.

The event also provided the opportunity to view the 80m long Path of the Remembered which comprised individual tiles designed by people from across the country in tribute to those affected by the Battle of the Somme.

The National Commemoration of the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme was produced by Manchester City Council on behalf HM Government.

The Path of the Remembered was developed in association with 14-18 NOW: WW1 Centenary Arts Commissions.


Photo credits:
Mark Waugh Photography
Huckleberry Films
Jonathan Keenan Photography


Somme 100 Creative Team

Project Director: Sara Robinson
Artistic Director: Alan Lane
Designer: David Farley
Lighting Designer: Chris Davey
Composer: Heather Fenoughty
Choreographers :Lucy Hind and Dan Watson
Films by Sodium.

Host: Nihal Arthanayake

Archival film from Imperial War Museums and North West Film Archives