A riot of colour and high energy on show at Peterborough Arts Festival

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The city centre will be once more be awash with spectacular and quirky sights and sounds after it was announced today that the Peterborough Arts Festival will return in September.

Last year more than 35,000 people packed the city centre to enjoy a weekend of international circus and music and a smash-hit Broadway Theatre concert.

This year there are more than 20 performances planned on September 5 and 6 - with the international street circus No Fit State providing a spectacle to rival last year’s Transe Express show and Generik Vapeur before them,

It promises to be a riot of colour and high-energy as No Fit State Circus reveal their carnival of fun, Open House.  Flowing through the city centre from Cathedral Square there will be an explosion of deckchairs, flags and umbrellas as a swarm of musicians, acrobats and aerialists fly out of caravans to create a joyous menagerie of circus chaos. 

A novel feature of this year’s Arts Festival, organised once more by Vivacity, will be the Hunt and Darton Café, a pop-up art-eaterie that blends performance with great food and drink, described as “a pop-up establishment of disarming eccentricity”. 

Local arts organisation Metal will also be launching Play Peterborough Now Or Never! a new mobile App developed by artists Idit Nathan and Helen Stratford, which will take people on an interactive ‘live art’ journey around their city centre in a fresh, imaginative and mischievous way.

Peterborough Artists Open Studios (PAOS) will also be celebrating their 15th year of Open Studios with a talk at the City Gallery.

The finale evening, following the annual tradition of a classical concert as part of the Arts Festival, Peterborough Sings! will present Classical Spectacular at The Broadway Theatre featuring the 60-piece Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and over 150 local singers.

‘The Arts Festival has become a highlight in the city’s calendar, with the city centre being packed with a weekend of fun, laughter and spectacle. We are delighted to welcome No Fit State Circus, who will spread out across the city centre meaning all the crowds can get up close to the action.  Being part of the national Hunt and Darton Café tour brings a new, quirky element to the festival where food and art come together in a fun and unique way. 

It’s also great that we have been able to support the local choirs within Peterborough Sings! to bring back the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for their Classical Spectacular concert,” said Sheena Carmen, festival manager.