Celebrate a weekend of multi-culturalism at festival in Peterborough

Latvian folk dancing group Raksta.
Latvian folk dancing group Raksta.
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Different communities from across the city will come together for a spectacular festival this weekend.

A multi-cultural festival organised by 22 groups from Black and Minority Ethnic communities across Peterborough will entertain visitors with sights, sounds and tasty treats on Friday 3 and Saturday 4 July.

The festival has been organised by the Peterborough Community Group Forum. Representatives from African, Asian and Eastern European countries hope the two day event will promote social cohesion and integration in Peterborough.

The forum is inviting residents and visitors to come and see how music, arts, craft and food can unite community groups with different backgrounds. The forum strives to ensure Peterborough remains a great place to live by celebrating differences and working together to show a genuine community spirit.

On Friday 3 July there will be classical music performed by various community groups at St. Johns Baptist Church. The event will start at 6pm and continue until 9.30pm.

On Saturday 4 July Cathedral Square will be filled with folk dance, drama, music, arts and craft and food stalls.

The multi-cultural festival marks the start of Peterborough’s cultural event season. Events to mark in the calendar include: The Portuguese festival, returning on Saturday July 18 and Sunday July 19.

The Italian festival, on Saturday September 12 and Sunday September 13.

Black History month, on Saturday October 3 and Sunday October 11.

Diwali festivities on Saturday October 31.

The draft itinerary for each day is as follows:

3 July - Classical Music Concert

6.00pm - 6.25 pm Arrival of guests

6.30pm – Speeches PCGF Chairperson –Bernadetta Omondi & Mayor of Peterborough

6.35pm – Monolith

6.55pm - Young musicians 5 Children - Teacher - Aija Grabuste

7.10pm - Sakinah Kanwar

7.20pm - Young Musicians - Teacher - Aliona Adalevskaja Liniova

7.35pm - J.Yonga and Danny Williams

7.55pm - PA-MA (Peterborough Asian Music Academy)

8.15pm – Latvian musician Aija Grabuste

8.25pm – Lithuanian musician Aliona Adalevskaja Liniova

8.35pm – “Ornaments” – Young musicians group from London

9.15pm – Vote of Thanks- By Christopher from Divine Ministries.

9.20pm - Refreshments

9.30pm – The End

4 July - Multi-cultural event 11.30am – 5pm

11.30pm - The march (assemble next to T.K Maxx with their national/organisation flags)

11.45pm - Speeches PCGF Chairperson –Bernadetta Omondi & Mayor of Peterborough

11.55pm - Musical Band “Shades of Green”

12.15pm - Legendz- Youth Dance group

12.25pm - Performance (children from Lithuanian community)

12.35pm - Performance (dancing children from Latvian school)

12.45pm - Performance (children from Lithuanian community)

12.55pm - Performance (Dancing Children from Latvian school)

13.15pm - Eugenie Mendes - Song- You are so Beautiful

13.20pm - Musical group from Peterborough “Žeperi”

13.30pm - Patricia Mendes- Poem-’Vukani Ama Afrika’ African -’Eqxinga’

13.40pm - Latvian folk dance group from Peterborough JDK “RAKSTA”

13.50pm - Tickinboxes Band

14.20pm - Latvian Musical group from Peterborough “Žeperi” and folk dance group JDK “SADANCIS”

14.35pm - PA – MA (Peterborough Asian Music Academy)

14.55pm - Lithuanian Folk Dance group

15.05pm - Dancers -Divine fellowship church

15.20pm - Latvian folk dance from Peterborough JDK “RAKSTA”

15.35pm - Tickinboxes Band

16.05pm - Lithuanian Folk Dance group

16.10pm - Latvian folk dance group from Peterborough JDK “SADANCIS”

16.20pm - Lithuanian Folk Dance group

16.30pm - Latvian Musical group from Peterborough “Žeperi”

16.40pm - Tickinboxes Band

17.15pm - Speech. Vote of Thanks from Jeremiah Finch