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Two spectacular shows combine for Remembrance in Lichfield
A historic cathedral in Staffordshire is marking the period of Remembrance by combining work from two of its most popular and eye-catching shows. Poppy Fields and Imagine Peace are being re-imagined for November 2020 by the award-winning artistic collaboration Luxmuralis. The shows will run each evening from November.3 to 8. Poppy Fields was created in 2018 to mark the centenary of the end of World War One, The immersive projection, which attracted tens of thousands of visitors, saw poppies and flowers cascade across the ceiling, walls and floor of the cathedral – symbolising those who fought valiantly for our peace. Accompanying the projections was specially composed music by David Harper and poetry recorded by Oscar-winning actor, Eddie Redmayne. Imagine Peace, held the same year, is an interactive light and sound exhibition contemplating the concept of Peace.
Poppy Fields 2020 coming to Lichfield Cathedral
Dean of Lichfield, the Very Revd Adrian Dorber, said: "Poppy Fields was a moving installation for all who visited. We often get requests for it to return as it appears to resonate, in a rather beautiful way, with people's desire to remember those we have lost and honour their memory. It helps us think about the legacy of peace and security we have derived from their sacrifice. 2020 has been a difficult year for us all, we have seen countless people's lives changed by an unseen threat and witnessed the dedication and service of all involved in health and social care. It seemed only right, that 2020 was the year we brought back Poppy Fields." The Dean said he found Imagine Peace to be an "inspiring and thought-provoking" show: "it encouraged us to imagine what it is like to live at peace. The exhibition encouraged reflection and allowed beauty to inspire, to give wonder and entice imagination of what is possible. Thousands of people who experienced the show found it moving and hopeful. And that is what we wanted to convey in the combination of these two shows for 2020 – the opportunity to reflect and remember but also the occasion to look forward with hope, to start to imagine a future and a way forward."
Due to social distancing measures, Lichfield Cathedral is limiting the number of visitors for Poppy Fields 2020 to 35 per 10-minute time slot. The timed tickets are from 5.30pm to 8.50pm and cost £6.50 per person with under 5s free. Tickets can be purchased from the cathedral's website at www.lichfieldcathedral.org/poppy
All proceeds from the event will go towards the ongoing cost of maintaining the cathedral.