Unlocking Peterborough

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Peterborough Cathedral Square, Peterborough, PE1 1XH

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A free family festival of Circus, Music and Art

Revitalising the arts and renewing citizens’ connection with the city, Unlocking Peterborough is a free festival for all the family. An exciting and unique programme of events run from October to December, featuring circus performances, strolling musicals, street theatre, work by local artists and a Christmas winter wonderland. Unlocking Peterborough will not only reconnect citizens with their incredible local culture but employ powerful creative statements to unify the community.

Kicking off the festival is LOVEART on 17th October. A 12-metre-high vibrant red heart frames an elegant aerial show. The fabric heart is the result of recent developments in fabric technology and 3D stress test modelling; fluctuations in the internal air pressure enable the heart to lift the aerial performer while modulations in air flow give the impression of a heartbeat. This image is universally understood by all and fulfils its own message; Love Art.

Following this enchanting combination of aerial spectacle and artistry are strange encounters this Halloween. October 30th and 31st will witness other-worldly creatures including the silent Las Muertas Stilt Walkers. With ethereal dresses that flicker with light and burst with colour, these spooky figures only break their eerie aura if lively music breaks their spell, causing them to break into dance. Cali and Mari the Octopi will also walk the streets, lighting up at night to magical effect, while Damsels in Distress will roam and flirt from atop their dragons in their search for Prince Charming.

November will marry the magic of autumn with Urban Canvas Street Games. Fun and open for all to join in with, this interactive event opens the month, later followed by the Winter Wonderland Birds on 27th – 28th November. These feathered beauties bring the sounds of peacocks to Peterborough with magnificent visual effect. More sound is brought by the Dickensian Christmas Ding Dong, a virtuoso strolling musical performance decked in holly and ivy. Christmas stilt walkers Tinsel and Cracker will roam Peterborough with a huge helping of festive fun and cheer.

The sparkle of Christmas is brought by the mesmerising Winter Fairy. On 11th – 12th December, this snow-kissed figure leaves audiences in awe as she conjures crystal balls and skilfully moves them like ice bubbles. Zooming around will be the Roller Skating Illuminated Presents, fitted in giant present costumes with twinkling illuminations. The Christmas Belles are a ribbon-waving, stilt-walking duo who ring out yuletide chimes of good cheer with syncopated hand chimes.

The grand finale on 18th – 19th December is Spark!. This street theatre show combines highimpact drumming with kaleidoscopic lighting design. With excellency in costume design and audience in interaction, a Spark! performance is never forgotten once seen.

Unlocking Peterborough is presented by Peterborough Positive, and funded by the Welcome Back fund, supporting a safe and successful reopening of local economies.

Notes to Editors: Title Unlocking Peterborough
Dates: Sunday 17th October – Sunday 19th December
LOVEART Main Show: Sunday 17 th October
Halloween Events: Saturday 30th – Sunday 31st October
Urban Street Canvas Games: Saturday 13th – Sunday 14th November
Late November Events: Saturday 27th – Sunday 28th November
Christmas Events: Saturday 11th – Sunday 12th December
Christmas Finale Show: Saturday 18th – Sunday 19th December Times
Performances start from 3pm

Location: Cathedral Square and surrounding area
Age guidance: 5+

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The City Animation Steering Group (CASG) This project is made possible with thanks to the Government’s Welcome Back Fund, granted to Peterborough City Council, delivered by the City Animation Steering Group, and overseen by Nene Park Trust. The CASG is made up of volunteers from across the city. Organisations and creative partners have come together to develop and inspire creative opportunities in Peterborough city centre, working with retailers and businesses to build footfall and support the local economy. The CASG was established as part of the Peterborough Cultural Strategy, building a vision for Peterborough’s cultural future. All enquiries, high-res images and further information: Naomi O’Toole, Chloé Nelkin Consulting E: naomi@chloenelkinconsulting.com M: 07450907371 W: www.chloenelkinconsulting.com

Events

Sunday, 17th October 2021 - Sunday, 17th October 2021

LOVEART by Unlocking PeterboroughLOVEART Main ShowThe LOVEART show features a 12-metre-high vibrant red heart which frames an elegant aerial show. The fabric heart is the result of recent developments in fabric technology and 3D stress test modelling; fluctuations in the internal air pressure enable the heart to lift the aerial performer while…
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Saturday, 30th October 2021 - Saturday, 30th October 2021

The illuminated Las Muertas stiltwalkers Unlocking Peterborough - Halloween EventsThe figures involved are vaguely Halloween-like but more closely related to other-worldly creatures; chance encounters with strange beings! See the illuminated Las Muertas stiltwalkers who bring a flavour of Day of the Dead; Cali and Mari the Octopi will also walk the streets, lighting up at night…
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Saturday, 13th November 2021 - Sunday, 14th November 2021

Urban Street Games when they were in HarrowUrban Street Canvas GamesFor this weekend, the Urban Canvas Street Games offer something different. This is an event that will be autumnal themed and is something that everyone can join in with.
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Saturday, 27th November 2021 - Sunday, 28th November 2021

Jelly Rollers- Dickensian Ding DongDickensian Christmas Ding DongUnique, magical and wintery events including: the Dickensian Christmas Ding Dong is one of three shows this weekend.
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Saturday, 27th November 2021 - Sunday, 28th November 2021

The Winter Wonderland BirdsWinter Wonderland BirdsUnique, magical and wintery events including: Winter wonderland Birds are one of three shows this weekend.
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Saturday, 11th December 2021 - Sunday, 12th December 2021

The Christmas BellesChristmas BellesPart of the Unlocking Peterborough series, these events will bring the full essence of Christmas, magic and sparkle
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Saturday, 11th December 2021 - Sunday, 12th December 2021

Cirq Delight- Roller Skating Christmas PresentsRoller Skating Illuminated PresentsPart of the Unlocking Peterborough series, these events will bring the full essence of Christmas, magic and sparkle
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Saturday, 11th December 2021 - Sunday, 12th December 2021

A Winter FairyWinter FairyPart of the Unlocking Peterborough series, these events will bring the full essence of Christmas, magic and sparkle
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Saturday, 18th December 2021 - Sunday, 19th December 2021

WorldBeaters Music -Spark!Unlocking Peterborough - Christmas Finale ShowSpark! is a street theatre show that combines high-impact drumming with kaleidoscopic lighting design. The show is extremely adaptable and incorporates static set-pieces, parading between sites and audience interaction. Additional acts will be confirmed.
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