Never Such Innocence holds a series of roadshows across the British Isles to encourage children and local communities to play a part in the centenary commemorations. During the 2015/16 and 2016/17 competitions we have visited the length and breadth of the British Isles encouraging local communities to engage with their shared history and heritage ensuring young people nationally are inspired, informed and included in the centenary activities.
The roadshows take place in special venues (previous venues include Glasgow City Chambers, HMS Iron Duke and The Manx Museum) and are attended by local schoolchildren, local dignitaries, politicians, representatives of the Armed Forces, cadets, representatives from educational bodies and community groups, and local/regional press. We invite local children to read poems they have penned themselves, or previous winning poems. With the launch of Songs of the Centenary, many of our roadshows also feature performances of songs written during workshops run by our Artist in Residence, Marty Longstaff. Our partner, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, joins the roadshow to highlight local Commonwealth War Graves and encourage schools to visit them to inspire their competition entries.
We have so far visited communities in Jersey, Reading, Isle of Man, Glasgow, Guernsey, Blackwood, Exeter, Chester, Liverpool, Portsmouth and Leek. Thank you to everyone that has welcomed us into their community.
Our 2017/18 competition will be our biggest and best yet, and our Roadshows will reach more communities across the British Isles. Further details about where our 2017/18 Roadshow will visit may be found here, we hope to see you there!
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