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A community arts programme in Peterborough is set to get back up and running after finding a new home.

Peterborough Presents is  funded by Arts Council England’s Creative People and Places, and has been running in the city since 2015. The programme was previously hosted by Vivacity, and as part of the charity’s transfer of assets, Peterborough Presents will move to be hosted by Nene Park Trust from September 2020.

Over the years Peterborough Presents has worked directly with residents and communities to celebrate the city’s creative offerings and run events and activities which are fun and relevant to local people, primarily focusing in Bretton, Hampton, and Millfield.

Highlights of the programme range from underwater music and poetry at the Lido (Wet Sounds); a hot tub in a field (Park Tales); a flash dance performance full of zombies (Diwali vs The Zombie Walk); a family festival with fire displays and flying acrobats (The Millfield Festival); and celebrating positive memories and moments in the city’s recent history (#1000Moments).

Kate Hall, who’s been supporting the transfer as Interim Programme Director, said “We are really pleased to be getting the Peterborough Presents programme back up and running. It has never been more important to work with local people to have creativity in their communities.

“Nene Park is a stable and innovative organisation, with a track record in staging arts and public events, so despite the challenges of transferring and restarting I am confident that Peterborough Presents will continue to thrive and make a difference across the city with its community-driven arts programme.”

Peterborough Presents is governed by a consortium of organisations working together. With the recent changes to Vivacity, Nene Park Trust will now be the lead partner alongside representatives from Voluntary Arts England, Eastern Angles Theatre Company, METAL, Peterborough Diwali Association, and Peterborough City Council.

Adrian Oates, Head of Fundraising and Marketing at Nene Park Trust, said, “Nene Park Trust is happy to be in a position to take over the reins of Peterborough Presents, which will be supported by and complement our growing Art-In-the-Park programme and will ensure arts and culture have an even stronger voice in the city.”

Once the transfer has been completed, the team are keen to review the programme in light of COVID-19, and check in with local residents about what creative gifts and support might be needed at a time like this. Once the review period has been completed, Peterborough Presents are hopeful to begin activity again in October 2020. To get updates on the Peterborough Presents activities and programme, visit their website and social media channels.


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