Museum of the Moon promises to be an out-of-this-world experience for Peterborough and we can’t wait!

Vivacity is bringing us Museum of the Moon by Luke Jerram, a stunning illuminated moon suspended in the magical setting of Peterborough Cathedral. With detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface and cinematic surround sound, it’s hard not to believe that you’re floating through space or standing beneath the real thing.

Museum of the Moon will open with a bang on Friday October 5, featuring a special evening performance of Sufi:Zen by Akademi in the Cathedral grounds. With the dramatic backdrop of the Cathedral’s gothic architecture, the night sky will come alive with movement, flowing garments, vivid face paint and a spectacular fire display. Sufi:Zen brings together the stillness of Zen meditation and the joyous motion of Sufi Dervishes.

Leading up to this there’ll be a mesmerising dance performance of Orbis by Humanhood. Taking your imagination way beyond planet Earth, Orbis looks at the relationship between us and the moon.

Sheena Carman, Vivacity Arts Programme Manager says: “Museum of the Moon has wowed audiences all over the world with its appearance at festivals across Europe, the USA and China, and at the Commonwealth Games in Australia. We’re very excited to be bringing this to Peterborough and present it in the beautiful setting of the Cathedral. It’s going to be a magical experience for all ages.” 

Museum of the Moon will run from the October 5 – 14 and to make things even more spectacular the exhibition of Tim Peake’s Soyuz spacecraft and canopy is also on show inside the Cathedral at the same time. During its time in Peterborough Cathedral, there’ll be a programme of supporting events for Museum of the Moon including music under the moon by Zimbabwean Duo, Sisters in Mbira, a silent disco and special late night openings to experience the full beauty of the moon after dark.

Museum of the Moon continues until October 14 with a programme of lunar inspired events. To find out more visit

Sufi:Zen, Orbis and Museum of the Moon have been commissioned by Without Walls. Vivacity Arts is a member of the Without Walls ATN, a group of festivals working together to extend the reach and benefits of the existing Without Walls programme in areas where there is low engagement with the arts. For more information on the work of the Without Walls ATN, visit:

Moon photos: Carolyn  Eaton

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