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Peaceful art installation to light up coast from dusk to dawn over next four nights

  • Date: 19 July 2012
  • Area: National, North, South East, South West
Glowing tents on grass hill at night

The Peace Camp installation lights up tonight until Sunday 22 July across the UK. Credit: Matthew Andrews

From 9.30pm - 5.30am tonight, every night until Sunday 22 July, a glowing art installation will open across the UK as part of the nationwide London 2012 Festival.

Peace Camp is an encampment of around 2000 tents in total, at eight remote and breathtaking UK coastal locations from the tip of Cornwall to the Outer Hebrides.

It has been co-commissioned by director Deborah Warner in collaboration with actress Fiona Shaw and composer Mel Mercier.

Visitors can enter the camps and listen to, from within tents, a peaceful soundscape featuring a montage of voices reading contemporary and traditional poems in all our languages and accents.

Voices recorded for the project include actors Cillain Murphy and Eileen Atkins as well as members of the public. 

Watch a preview trailer for the installation here.

Inspired by the United Nations Olympic Truce, which calls on countries worldwide to lay down their arms for the duration of the Olympic Games, Peace Camp will flicker to life as dusk falls, encircling the UK in a symbolic call to peace.

You can experience it at the following National Trust sites in England:

  • Dunstanburgh Castle, Northumberland
  • Cuckmere Haven, near Seven Sisters, Sussex
  • Godrevy, Cornwall

Free tickets for Dunstanburgh Castle and Cuckmere Haven can be booked online at the Peace Camp website, where you can also listen to or download the soundscape for a limited time only.

The installation has been commissioned for London 2012 Festival, which Arts Council England is proud to be supporting, and City of Culture 2013. The project has been produced and delivered by funded National portfolio organisation, Artichoke.

Find out more about our involvement in the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

Browse our National portfolio organisation funding map.