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First World War Centenary Partnership explores the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising

Posted  23 March 2016 in News  
By Kate Clements
British troops man a street barricade in Dublin, Easter 1916. © IWM (Q 90445)

This spring, the First World War Centenary Partnership presents a programme of new exhibitions, participatory events and performances taking place throughout the UK and Ireland to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising.

Exhibitions
At the National Museum of Ireland from 30 March a major exhibition, Proclaiming a Republic: The 1916 Rising, explores the ideas, movements and personalities of early 20th century Ireland, the dramatic events of the Easter Week and its impact on Irish citizens. The objects on display – including many that haven’t been seen before – represent the stories of civilians, rebels and leaders, from the flag of the Irish Republic to the 1916 Proclamation.

Donegal County Museum’s new exhibition, County Donegal in 1916; Our Story, explores the events of 1916 both nationally and internationally from the perspective of the county, and offers visitors a glimpse of how everyday life was affected in this pivotal year. On Easter Sunday there will be a special viewing of the exhibition to commemorate the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising. The exhibition will be open from 11 March until 31 December 2016.

The mythology surrounding the Easter Rising will be explored by the National Museum of Northern Ireland. Opening on 25 March at the Ulster Museum, Belfast, the exhibition Remembering 1916; Your Stories focuses on community stories, the commemoration of 1916 anniversaries as well as the legacy of these events.

Performances
The Casement Project is a new dance project from Fearghus Ó Conchúir and 14-18 NOW inspired by the British peer, Irish nationalist and humanitarian Roger Casement who was hanged at Pentonville Prison in 1916 for his support of Irish nationalism during the war. This project will include stage performances, a film, an academic symposium at The British Library on 3 June and a series of other opportunities for the public to participate in the project. The performance will premiere at The Place, London, 11 & 12 June.

Taylor Mac, the Obie Award-winning New York performer, and 14-18 NOW will present The WW1 Years and More, a series of participation concerts at Belfast International Arts Festival. In two concerts, his astute take on music and culture spans the years before, during and after the First World War from 1896 through to 1926. His third concert will be a ten-decade spectacular from 1916, the year of the Battle of the Somme and the Easter Rising, through to 2016.

Join in
Radio Relay will explore historic moments in the development of radio, from the first pirate broadcast during the Easter Rising, to the trench radios that were first used at the Battle of the Somme. Supported by 14-18 NOW, artists including Graham Fagen, Paddy Bloomer, Gareth Moore, Philip Hession and Mhairi Sutherland will create new works for a nationwide programme with participation at its core. As part of a unique midsummer weekend at Belfast’s ancient Giant’s Ring, from 18-20 June, visitors will be invited to work with artists to build their own lo-fi radio transmitters and make silver kites to recreate early experiments in radio antennae.

Find more events happening near you to mark the First World War Centenary by searching our events calendar.

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