The reason for the title of this blog is because I do not want it to rain on Saturday morning, well to be precise at dawn as I shall be taking part in the PEACECAMP event at Cuckmere Haven.The Peacecamp event is not just in Cuckmere Haven but at 7 other coastal locations around Britain. The event runs over four days 19-22 July commencing from 21.30 hrs to 05.30 hrs.
As a participant you choose a time to go through the event of live installations and audible readings.
WHAT IS IT AND WHO IS BEHIND IT?
“Something extraordinary is happening this year as part of the London 2012 Festival. Inspired by the Olympic Truce, whose roots date back to Ancient Greece, renowned director Deborah Warner has been commissioned to create a coastal installation encircling the UK in collaboration with actor Fiona Shaw.
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.
image by jdtphotography.co.uk
“ABOUT CUCKMERE HAVEN
The river Cuckmere winds its leisurely way through wide flood plains, twisting and turning with its oxbow bends before emerging onto the pebble beach at Seaford Head. To the left, the startling white cliffs of the Seven Sisters rise sheer out of the clear blue waters of the English Channel facing across the sea to France; to the right, the Seaford Head Nature Reserve, protecting and preserving rare natural habitats for creatures such as the Bloody-Nosed Beetle, nesting swarms of bees and over 200 species of birds.
With its clutch of iconic coastguard cottages perched high above the sea, the site provides far-reaching views along one of England’s most famous white chalk cliffs. But its peaceful picture-postcard perfection conceals a murkier history of smugglers and conflict. In an adjacent field a poignant WWII memorial quietly remembers the troop of Canadian soldiers who, having pitched their tents there against local advice, were annihilated by German bombers making their way to London using the huge river estuary as a navigational aid.
Today in a more peaceful era, the site and surrounding South Downs National Park attracts thousands of visitors and walkers from across the world. For many, this stunning landscape epitomises the very essence of the English coast.”
Peacecamp text accredited to Deborah Warner, March 2012