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The National Moment

The first national Art in the Landscape event was the National Moment which took place on Saturday 21 September 2019. 

At 2pm on this day, AONBs around the UK coordinated to produced hearts in the landscape, and Simon Armitage, UK Poet Laureate read Fugitives for the first time. Fugitives was written especially for the event, the idea came from Communications Officers from five AONBs working together, and then commissioned by the National Association for AONBs. 

The poem evokes feelings that so many of us have about being pulled to the freedom of our countryside, leaving behind our screens and the stresses and strains of everyday life and 'returning'. 

The video shows some of the events which took place on 21 September, and the soundtrack is Simon Armitage reading Fugitives.