Something extraordinary happened in the summer of 2012 as part of the London 2012 Festival. Inspired by the Olympic Truce, whose roots date back to Ancient Greece, renowned director Deborah Warner was commissioned to create a coastal installation encircling the UK in collaboration with actor Fiona Shaw.
Eight murmuring, glowing encampments appeared simultaneously at some of our most beautiful and remote coastal locations, from County Antrim to the tip of Cornwall, from the Isle of Lewis to the Sussex cliffs. Designed to be visited between dusk and dawn, Peace Camp was a poignant exploration of love poetry and a celebration of the extraordinary variety and beauty of our coastline.
Alongside the live installations, the project also paints an audible portrait of the nation online. The people of the UK have nominated and recorded their favourite love poems and submitted their own messages, creating an online anthology that celebrates our languages, dialects and accents as well as our rich poetic tradition.
Live event 19-22 July 2012
Created by Deborah Warner in collaboration with Fiona Shaw
Soundscape by Mel Mercier
Sound design by John Del' Nero