Peace Camp comes to Cuckmere Haven

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A GLOWING encampment of tents against breathtaking scenery and with an accompanying soundscape will soon be appearing at Cuckmere Haven.

Peace Camp: A Coastal Installation Celebrating Love Poetry and Landscape is Deborah Warner’s magical artwork and is due to set up camp at Seven Sisters from July 19 to 22.

A co-commission for the London 2012 Festival and City of Culture 2013, it was created in collaboration with actor Fiona Shaw and musician and composer Mel Mercier.

It was inspired by the United Nations Olympic Truce, which calls on countries worldwide to lay down their arms for the duration of the Olympic Games.

As dusk begins to fall, the artworks will flicker to life, with light and sound, in a symbolic call to peace.

The installation artwork will appear from dusk until dawn, 9.30pm until 5.30am, where visitors can wander about through the piece and hear Mel Mercier’s soundscape.

Fiona Shaw worked with Mercier on the soundscape, collecting hundreds of recordings of actors, poets, writers and the public.

Their murmuring voices have been woven together into a symphony of sound: love poetry, words, signals and noises, all play in counterpoint to the ambient sounds of the natural environment.

There are poems from across the centuries and in all the languages and accents of our islands.

Peace Camp is intended to be a quiet and contemplative experience, and numbers of visitors attending at any one time will be monitored to enable all to enjoy the work comfortably.

Entry, via Vanguard Way near the Golden Galleon pub, is free but advance booking is strongly recommended through the website at

From Thursday (July 12), for a limited period only, Mel Mercier’s soundscape will be available to listen to or download from the website.