Danny Boyle - Pages of the Sea

Film-Maker Danny Boyle invites you to join him in marking 100 Years since Armistice and the end of The First World War.

On 11 November 2018, communities will gather on beaches across the UK to say goodbye and thank you, to the millions of men and women who left their shores during the war, many never to return


On selected beaches around the UK, over the course of several hours, a portrait of an individual from the First World War will emerge from the sand. And then, as the tide rises, be washed away as we take a moment to say a collective goodbye.


Boyle said: “Pages of the Sea will be a unique moment, when we’ll say goodbye, together, to the millions of men and women who left their shores during the First World War. Beaches are truly public spaces, where nobody rules other than the tide. They seem the perfect place to gather and say a final goodbye and thank you to those whose lives were taken or affected by the First World War. I’m inviting people to watch as the faces of the fallen are etched in the sand, and for communities to come together to remember the sacrifices that were made by so many that changed our society forever.

Source: 14-18 Now Pages of the Sea

14-18 NOW is working with seven regional partners to deliver workshops and events across the country in the lead up to 11 November. There will be an opportunity for you or your community group to find out more about the people and stories of the First World War in your area; to explore the story of the face being drawn in the sand on your local beach; to create material including poetry and music to be shared on beaches on 11 November and to work with artists and writers to explore the themes of the First World War through poetry and art.


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