Arts organisation Metal have been working hard with a host of national and international artists and the local community to bring a free weekend festival celebrating the season, the land and the unique role that agriculture has played in the development of Peterborough.
The two day event will fill the city centre with the sights, sounds, tastes, smells, songs and dances of the countryside and re-imagines the historic rural traditions of the Harvest Wain Procession, the Harvest Barn Dance and the Harvest Supper.
It will include the reinstatement of the original food and craft market in St. John’s Square; new Harvest themed artworks by leading UK artists; and Morris, Molly and cultural dancing supported by international folk musicians busking for your pleasure.
On Saturday evening at 6.30pm, a spectacular parade of Harvest costumed characters will weave its way from Bridge Street to the Guildhall, handing over to the Harvest Stage for a gig of foot stomping folk rhythms from around the world headlined by the fabulous Turbans - dance under the stars to welcome in the Harvest Moon!
At 1pm on Sunday, in Cathedral Square, international artists Lucy +Jorge Orta present “70x7 The Meal, Act XXXIX”. This huge outdoor participatory artwork involving 500 people is part of their international series of community dining experiences, and a first in the UK. Guests have been invited via a network of community ambassadors and through a public lottery. Those watching this incredible spectacle will also be able to sample the menu from the open-air kitchens.
What to see, where and when
10.00am – 5.00pm St John’s Square Food and Craft Market
10.00am – 5.00pm Cathedral Square ‘Where is the Rustling Wood?’ by Matt Lewis
10.00am -5.00pm St. John’s Square ‘The Onion Emporium’ by Sue Shields
10.00am -5.00pm St. John’s Square Bread Making Demonstrations
10.00am -5.00pm Cathedral Square Heritage Craft Demonstrations
10.00am – 10.00pm The Guildhall ‘The Rising’ by Faye Claridge
10.00am – 4.00pm Cathedral Square Harvest Face Painting
10.00am – 5.00pm Cathedral Square Floral Garland workshops
10.00 am – 5.00pm St. John’s Church Harvest Cafe
10.00 am – 5.00pm St. John’s Church ‘Harvestment’, a film by Robyn Woolston (15 mins)
12.00 noon -5.00pm Various Locations Harvest Buskers
12.00 noon -5.00pm Various Locations Harvest Dancers
12.00 noon – 5.00pm Cathedral Square Floral Display Demonstrations
6.30pm -10.00pm Cathedral Square Harvest Backyard Bar
6.30pm – 7.00pm Starts at Bridge Street Harvest Wain Procession
7.00pm – 8.00pm Cathedral Square Harvest Barn Dance - Oss
8.00pm – 9.00pm Cathedral Square Harvest Barn Dance – Concrete Mountain
9.00pm – 10.00pm Cathedral Square Harvest Barn Dance – The Turbans
10.30am-4.30pm St. John’s Square Food and Craft Market
10.30am – 4.30pm Cathedral Square ‘Our Nation’ by Redhawk Logistica
10.30am – 4.30pm Cathedral Square ‘Where is the Rustling Wood?’ by Matt Lewis
10.30am – 4.30pm St. John’s Square ‘The Onion Emporium’ by Sue Shields
12.00 noon – 1.00pm Cathedral Square Harvest Offering Table
12.00 noon – 1.00pm Guildhall Stage Entertainment from Opaque and Garance
12.30 noon – 4.30pm St. John’s Church ‘Harvestment’ by Robyn Woolston
1.00pm – 3.00pm St. John’s Square Harvest Buskers
1.00pm – 3.00pm Cathedral Square 70x7 The Meal, Act XXXIX by Lucy + Jorge Orta
2.00pm – 2.15pm Cathedral Square Peterborough Take Note with Robin Grey
2.00pm – 3.00pm Guildhall Harvest Soup Kitchen
2.20pm – 3.00pm Cathedral: Cathedral Bells