An exciting arts and heritage programme will run alongside the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 this summer. The programme is made possible thanks to National Lottery players with funding from Arts Council England and The National Lottery Heritage Fund, as well as from our Host City partners.
Featuring a fantastic line-up of free library, dance, art and music events, the programme takes inspiration from and celebrates the rich history of the women’s game. It is led by women artists, including an immersive artwork for all ages by award-winning visual artist Emma Smith; new anthems by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; a Stadium for the Future – danced into existence by art, environment and social justice collaboration Idle Women; as well as a creative resource for libraries by Deborah Goatley-Birch which provides inspiring craft activities for people of all ages.
Taking place nationwide across the nine Host Cities, the programme begins this month, ahead of the tournament kick-off, and runs throughout the summer. Read on to find out more and check the tournament Event Guide for information and updates of when and where you can catch the events.
You’re invited to the pre-match warm-up!
The Supercompensation Cycle is an unmissable immersive artwork – take part by replicating the movements of live performers.
Inspired by historic footage of player’s warm-up moves and by sports theory, artist Emma Smith’s work celebrates the under-championed expertise of all our bodies and how they move. Emma has worked with hundreds of local residents and football players across Host Cities to capture expert everyday moves. These have been woven together to create a team of 11 holographic films embedded in specially designed sculptures that form an all-day installation. The installation is accompanied by an immersive sound score and participatory movement work, performed with local dancers, in which members of the public are welcomed to join.
You can see the artwork in:
Leigh Civic Centre | Wigan & Leigh | 8 July | Start: 1pm | Performance: 6.15pm | Close: 7pm
Guildhall Square | Southampton | 10 July | Start: 1pm | Performance: 3pm | Close: 7pm
Hove Lawns (Near Statue of Peace) | Brighton & Hove | 14 July | Start: 12pm | Close: 7pm (installation only)
Clifton Park (S65 2BH) | Rotherham | 17 July | Start: 12pm | Performance: 4pm | Close: 6pm
Peace Gardens | Sheffield | 21 July | Start: 1pm | Performance: 5pm | Close: 6pm
Tree Cathedral | Milton Keynes | 25 July | Start: 6pm | Performance: 6.15pm | Close: 7.30pm
Tree Cathedral | Milton Keynes | 26 July | Start: 10am | Close: 1pm (installation only)
Olympic Way | Wembley | 30 July | Start: 2pm | Performance: 3.30pm | Close: 5pm
Join in new anthems – created to celebrate the tournament and our Host Cities.
Composer Shirley Thompson OBE has created a new anthem in celebration of the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022. Inspired by words and lyrics submitted by fans across the country and recorded by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and 100 community representatives from the Host Cities, the new anthem is available for families, fans, bands, and groups to play and sing along to at home, work, or school as well as at the match. Beautiful Game honours the achievements of women footballers and the bright future of the game.
Alongside this, women composers Rosie Bergonzi, Charlotte Harding, Alice Phelps, Detta Danford, Sam Mason, and Raye Harvey and teams of RPO musicians have also been working with community members in Host Cities to create local anthems reflecting the spirit of each area. Workshops in each city have involved more than 3,000 participants ranging in age from 0 to 92, with each area’s bespoke anthem featuring words, ideas, melodies, and rhythms created by local people.
Musicians from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will be in attendance in host cities on match days to excite the crowd by playing their local and Beautiful Game anthems in dedicated Fan Parties. You can see them at:
Trafford Fan Party | 6 July
Hounslow Music & Sport Festival at Inwood Park | 9 July
Brighton Fan Party | 11 July
Manchester Fan Party | 14 July
Southampton Fan Party | 15 July
Wigan & Leigh Fan Party | 17 July
Rotherham Fan Party | 18 July
Sheffield Fan Party | 26 July
Milton Keynes Fan Party | 27 July
Wembley Park | 30 July
Test your football control in the Momentum Challenge - the world’s first concerto for Football and Orchestra!
Try your luck with a new choreographed routine of football tricks with new music composed by Shirley Thompson and recorded by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
To download the anthem materials and to join in on the Momentum Challenge, please visit: rpo.co.uk/rpo-resound/womens-euro-anthem
Stadium for the Future (If I can’t dance I don’t want to be part of your revolution) by Idle Women will see women taking their place along the canals and waterways in Host Cities.
Free tickets for raves are available for events in:
Libraries across the country will have access to a new creative resource pack designed by Deborah Goatley-Birch which will enable communities to come together to celebrate and enjoy the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022. The pack includes activities inspired by football fan objects such as rosettes, masks and banners and includes a reading list of books that feature trailblazing sports people. You can also use the pack at school, at home, at Girlguiding groups – wherever you want to get crafty in your tournament celebrations.
The resource will be available to download here. Keep an eye on the Host City what’s on pages to find events local to you.
The Arts programme is also supported by UEFA, Canal & River Trust, Mayors of London and Greater Manchester and Libraries Connected.
A heritage and legacy initiative accompany these new artistic commissions as part of the programme to celebrate the tournament. The initiative will highlight women's rights, equality, and activism through the lens of the game with exhibitions across the Host Cities, oral stories and heritage films. It will shine a light on the experiences of women footballers that have never been told through stories and objects that have been gathered for the first time. Visit our dedicated Heritage website here
Eight outdoor and eight indoor exhibitions will be held across museums and sites in the Host Cities including Brent Museum and Archives, Brighton Museum, Gunnersbury Park Museum, the National Football Museum, Clifton Park Museum, SeaCity Museum, Trafford Local Studies Centre, and Wigan and Leigh Archives. Each exhibition spotlights local footballers in each city through portraits, objects and stories which tell of the resistance and perseverance of women players, as well as their passion for the game. Beyond the exhibitions, Host Cities have collated 80 oral histories and 40 memory films which have been co-curated with both retired and young players.
Additionally, The FA is giving the power to the #WEURO2022 fans to capture YOUR experience and give your story the spotlight it deserves.
In capturing and archiving the fan experience the FA is going on a Nationwide search of the best fan photography for what is due to be a sporting event for the history books – the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022. Find out more
More information about Heritage events can be found by selecting the host city on the Heritage Programme homepage here