Downhill to host dusk til dawn Peace Camp

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THE Coleraine borough has been chosen as one of eight venues for a UK-wide Peace Camp, the Coleraine Times can reveal.

The camp will be held at Downhill Beach from July 19-22, running from dusk til dawn - 10.30pm until 5.30am every morning.

The other venues across the UK are Cuckmere Haven, Seaford, East Sussex, Godrevy, Cornwall, Cemaes Bay, Anglesey, White Park Bay, Moyle, Cliff Beach, Valtos, Isle of Lewis, Scotland, Fort Fiddes, Cullykhan Bay, Aberdeenshire Scotland and Dunstanburgh Castle, Craster, Northumberland.

Inspired by the Olympic Truce, whose roots date back to Ancient Greece, renowned director Deborah Warner and actor Fiona Shaw will created an extraordinary art installation encircling the venues.

Downhill Beach, located close to the iconic Mussenden Temple, will host an encampment of hundreds of tents, lit up with sound, music and light throughout the night.

The eight murmuring, glowing encampments will appear simultaneously at the beautiful and remote coastal locations.

Designed to be visited between dusk and dawn, the Peace Camp will be, according to the organisers, a poignant exploration of love poetry and a celebration of the extraordinary variety and beauty of our coastlines.

Residents are being invited to explore the intimate and contemplative artwork live, but also to contribute to the project online.

Deborah Warner is known throughout the world for the grace and beauty of her work, which ranges from the great works of opera and theatre to installations such as The Angel Project, seen in London, New York and Australia.

She has frequently collaborated with the actor Fiona Shaw and their production of TS Eliot’s The Waste Land has been seen all over the world.

Creative producers Artichoke are best known for bringing Royal de Luxe’s The Sultan’s Elephant to London and for producing Antony Gormley’s 100-day UK-wide project, One & Other.

Fiona Shaw is one of our best known actors with extensive stage credits including performances at the National Theatre, in the West End, and on Broadway Fiona Shaw has received many Olivier and Evening Standard awards for Best Actress and her extensive film work includes the Harry Potter films, The Tree of Life, My Left Foot, and Three Men and a Little Lady.

Her television work includes the popular series True Blood.

If you enjoy photography and are planning to visit the local Peace Camp, you may be interested to know that Amateur Photographer magazine has teamed up with Olympus to offer eight brand-new SZ31MR cameras – one for the best photo submitted from each of the Peace Camp sites.

The eight winning images – along with many others, we hope – will be exhibited in London later in the year and will be displayed on the Peace Camp website.

For more information on the Downhill Beach Peace Camp, how to be part of the installations by making a recording, or to book a place to attend, log onto www.peacecamp2012.com/about/artichoke.aspx or www.artichoke.uk.com