1917, Total War in Flanders

1917

October

 

Picture by F. Hurley - source: AWM (E01220). Five Australians, members of a field artillery brigade, passing along a duckboard track over mud and water among gaunt bare tree trunks in the Ypres Salient.THE EXHIBITIONS ‘1917, TOTAL WAR IN FLANDERS’ 
3 JUNE – 31 DECEMBER 2017
YPRES, ZONNEBEKE, HEUVELLAND, MESEN, LANGEMARK-POELKAPELLE, POPERINGE AND HOUTHULST

‘1917: Total war in Flanders’ tells the story of the infamous Mine Battle of Messines and the Battle of Passchendaele in a series of unique exhibitions and info-modules located at the most important First World War sites in the southern part of the Westhoek. From here you can follow various walking, cycling and car routes that will take you to imposing mine craters, trenches, military cemeteries, etc., which now form an integral part of the landscape. On 3 June, all the project's different exhibitions will open their doors to the general public.
www.flandersfields.be/en/1917 
 

MenenwaldCEREMONY ‘100 YEARS MENENWALD’ (6 OCTOBER AT 2 P.M., GERMAN MILITARY CEMETERY MENEN/WEVELGEM) AND REMEMBRANCE WEEKEND (7-8 OCTOBER 2017, MENEN)
Volksbund | www.volksbund.de 
 

TANK EVENT / BATTLE OF POELKAPELLE
6-8 OCTOBER 2017, LANGEMARK-POELKAPELLE

A tank will drive from St-Juliaan to Poelkapelle.
From the Uttermost Ends of the EarthLangemark-Poelkapelle Tourist Office | +32 (0)57 49 09 41 |
www.langemark-poelkapelle14-18.be

 

NEW ZEALAND REMEMBERS - 'FROM THE UTTERMOST ENDS OF THE EARTH'
11 OCTOBER 2017, YPRES

Featuring the arrival of a 14 metre Maori waka (cano), a full Maori welcome and a video projection onto the Ieper ramparts, From the Uttermost Ends of the Earth, before a special New Zealand-themed Menin Gate Last Post service. One hundred years ago in Belgium, New Zealand suffered its darkest day. More than 800 New Zealand soldiers died at the Battle of Passchendaele. Now New Zealand returns to remember those laid to rest on Belgian soil, those who returned to a distant home -  and the ties that still bind our countries a century later.
Note: There will be security screening at the event. Please leave bulky items and umbrellas behind.
Ypres Tourist Office | +32 (0)57 23 92 20 | www.toerismeieper.be

 

New Zealand Ceremony of RemembranceNEW ZEALAND CEREMONY OF REMEMBRANCE
12 OCTOBER 2017, ZONNEBEKE

On 12 October 1917, the New Zealand Division advanced to take the Bellevue Spur offshoot. The result was devastating; 2,700 losses, of which 846 fell in less than four hours for a terrain gain of less than 400 metres. Thus, that day is eternally recorded as the most tragic day in the history of New Zealand. 
Exactly 100 years later the New Zealand Government, the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 and the Municipality of Zonnebeke commemorate this tragic day. The commemoration starts in the morning with a ceremony at CWGC Tyne Cot Cemetery. The Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 is organising a number of themed activities throughout the afternoon in the Chateau grounds of Zonnebeke, including planting of trees in the Wood of Peace. In the evening a sunset service at CWGC Buttes New British Cemetery follows.
Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 | +32 (0)51 77 04 41 | www.passchendaele2017.org

Wood of PeaceTHE WOOD OF PEACE 
12 OCTOBER 2017, ZONNEBEKE (POLYGON WOOD)

In 2017, a tree will be planted for each fallen soldier with a known grave at the two British cemeteries of Polygon Wood, CWGC Buttes New British Cemetery and CWGC Polygon Wood Cemetery. In addition to this, a monument for all the missing soldiers will be erected in a central area in the new park. The Wood of Peace will keep the memory of those who lost their lives during WWI alive for many generations to come. There will be two planting days: 26 September and 12 October. Everyone who wants to plant a tree for a fallen soldier can register online. They can link up with the fallen soldier for whom they are planting a tree through his personal file.
Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 | +32 (0)51 77 04 41 | www.passchendaele2017.org 
 

GONEWEST LITERARY HAPPENING
13 OCTOBER 2017 AT 8 P.M., ZONNEBEKE (CONCERT TENT)

The artist Kowlier is inspired by David Jones
www.gonewest.be

 

Silent City Meets Living CitySILENT CITY MEETS LIVING CITY
14 OCTOBER 2017 AT 7 P.M., ZONNEBEKE (TYNE COT CEMETERY)

CWGC Tyne Cot Cemetery in Passchendaele, is the most important reminder of the Battle of Passchendaele. With nearly 12,000 graves and 35,000 names of soldiers with no known grave, CWGC Tyne Cot Cemetery is the largest Commonwealth cemetery in the world.
On Saturday 14 October at 7 p.m., the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 and the Municipality of Zonnebeke organise at CWGC Tyne Cot Cemetery a moment of silence and reflection to commemorate the many victims. During a serene sound and light show, participants will illuminate the gravestones and the names on the Tyne Cot Memorial to bring a proper tribute.Those who want to be part of this unique and powerful ceremony at this symbolic location, can register via www.passchendaele2017.org. Those who cannot register online, can contact the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 by phone.
Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 | +32 (0)51 77 04 41 | www.passchendaele2017.org 
 

Tom BarmanGONEWEST | TOM BARMAN AND GUESTS 
14 OCTOBER 2017, ZONNEBEKE

On 14 October 2017 GoneWest will commemorate the Battle of Passchendaele, the international symbol of the immeasurable madness of the Great War. Within the context of a new creation for GoneWest, the renowned artist Tom Barman will create a programme to fill the entire evening with various different guests. Tom Barman, de charismatic frontman of the world-famous Belgian band Deus, will for the occasion collaborate with different artists to commemorate the Battle of Passchendaele. Barman was asked to work together with a British/Commonwealth artist or band to create new work centred around the theme of WWI. In addition to this, Barman was given the artistic freedom to compose more experimental pieces; but space remains for known, existing work, such as by his band Taxiwars for example. 
www.gonewest.be

 

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