Peterborough Arts Fest will be finishing in style this weekend with some fabulous free events you really shouldn’t miss!


Starting on the Friday September 6 there’ll be a Giant Lantern Parade and free performance entitled Upon This Rock in the city centre. The event will begin at 7pm with parades from the four corners of the city which will converge on Cathedral Square. The performance will be a large scale light and music spectacular, with over 450 local performers and 200 lanterns which will provide a dazzling opening to the finale weekend!


It’s then time to head over to the Embankment for the weekend where Le Fete Franglais will see some truly amazing acts performing weird and wonderful stunts and shows from midday through until 6pm. Performing both the Saturday and Sunday of the weekend is Sens Dessus Dessous an act who perform with an explosive and charming cocktail of teeterboard, flying trapeze and Cyr wheel.

Sens Dessus Dessous is much more than a series of random circus acts. The young artists of Collectif Malunés seduce audiences with their crazy upside-down universe… they throw themselves in the air, smash down to the floor… they love the madness. This is one disordered circus!


Appearing alongside them is probably the most dangerous show at this year’s festival – The Wheel of Death, Times Trilogy – a jaw dropping, daredevil show. Running inside the Wheel of Death, high above the ground, acrobats overcome danger and defy gravity in this spectacular show from Marseille’s world famous La Rotative.


There are too many incredible acts to mention here performing throughout the weekend with a fusion of circus, street performance and… the doolally!

All of these performances are astounding but this year’s main event is a must see! Happening at 7.30pm on Saturday and beginning in Cathedral Square, legendary pyrotechnic and street arts show Generik Vapeur will be taking over Peterborough.

Turning the streets into a piece of theatre, this show is performed by twenty blue figures who emerge from the shadows before leading you on a breathtaking journey, fusing music, fire and spectacle as they search for a place to gather.


The performance will start in Cathedral Square before moving along Bridge Street and down to the Embankment.

Renowned as one of the finest street arts organisations in Europe, Generik Vapeur are famed for turning any public place into their own creative space.

All this plus much more will be happening over the weekend so don’t miss out! For more info on the acts above and a detailed list of who else is performing visit www.peterboroughfestival.co.uk.

Alex Jones


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