(19-22 July, 2012) Few will have heard of the Olympic Truce, a programme that aims to promote peace during the Olympic Games. Its main aim is to ensure athletes have safe passage to the Games, but it is often seen to be part of a broader attempt to promote peace and is ratified by the United Nations. At each Games, the organizing committee develops programmes around this concept and one novel and beautiful idea is the ‘Peace Camps’, a co-commission between London 2012 Festival and Londonderry City of Culture 2013. Described as a ‘coastal installation celebrating love poetry and landscape’, here’s what will be happening over the weekend:
Eight murmuring, glowing encampments will appear 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 is a poignant exploration of love poetry and a celebration of the extraordinary variety and beauty of our coastline Alongside the live installations, the project will also paint an audible portrait of the nation with the creation of a virtual Peace Camp online. The people of the UK are invited to nominate and record their favourite love poems and submit their own messages, creating an online anthology that celebrates our languages, dialects and accents as well as our rich poetic tradition.
Here’s a video intro from Fiona Shaw