we’re here because we’re here
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’ 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 26 organisations.
The public artwork, WeAreHere, was premiered without any publicity, and so was a surprise to the public. Dressed in First World War uniform, performers appeared unexpectedly in locations across the UK. Each performer represented an individual soldier who was killed on that day one hundred years before. It has been documented in a film and book by Jeremy Deller, and a documentary by the BBC.