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Major cultural programme to commemorate Mayflower 400

Freedom, imagination, humanity and future - the values at the heart of this spectacular international celebration.

Mayflower 400 commemorates the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower ship sailing to America in 1620 a significant voyage that unites the UK, America and the Netherlands.

Thirteen towns and cities from all three countries will work together, creating a huge programme of events and activities in the run-up to and throughout 2020, themed around the four key Mayflower values: freedom, imagination, humanity and future.

The Art of the Possible’ cultural programme is announced today and will receive £700,000 of National Lottery investment.  The project will include:

  • Wampum: Stories from the Shells of Native America, one of the first commissions, acknowledging the UKs connection to the Wampanoag people
  • A large-scale community theatre production inspired by the Mayflower story written by local writer Nick Stimson, directed by Slung Low’s Alan Lane with songs written and performed by Seth Lakeman
  • An amazing outdoor spectacle around Plymouth city centre, Plymouth Hoe and the Mayflower Steps –  where the ship set sail 400 years ago

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