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Peace and Recovery Poems by Emergency Exit Arts

Two large-scale illuminate poems inspired by themes of peace and recovery will be on display in Rochester as part of Medway Light Nights.

Peace Poems

Recovery Poems. Photo Credit: Alex Bamford Photography

Peace and Recovery Poems by Emergency Exit Arts

Date and time: Friday, 11 and Saturday, 12 February, 6-9pm 

Location: Blue Boar Lane Car Park (Recovery Poem) and outside The Crown (Peace Poem)  

Peace Poems 

Shedding light on the fragile nature of peace and the strength of those who sustain it, the Peace Poems is a 14ft high illuminated poem created to mark the centenary of the Armistice and Peace Treaties and marked the end of the First World War in 1919. The large-scale mobile artwork, created with leading artist and poet Robert Montgomery, was inspired by the concept of Positive Peace developed by Johan Galtung, linking peace with justice and equality for all.  

The Peace Poem first toured around several English cities in November 2018, and continues to raise awareness of the centenary and stimulate local discussion about the nature and meaning of peace today. 

Recovery Poems 

How do we commemorate what’s been lost as we start to take tentative steps to coming out of lockdown? What do we want to hold onto and grow? What positive changes can we make to society and the natural environment as we recover from the pandemic? Through talking and listening to communities, artists Robert Montgomery and Deanna Rodger have created an inspiring light poem that visits public spaces as a backdrop for workshops, performances and reflections. The poem has already toured to over 20 events and locations across the country, and you can now view it during Medway Light Nights Festival. 

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Medway Light Nights is produced by Emergency Exit Arts in partnership with Medway Council. This event has been sponsored by Arts Council England, The Welcome Back Fund, Leigh Academy Trust, and Kent University.  

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