Community events

Past events

Italian Festival

This year's Italian Festival took place on the 9 and 10 September in Cathedral Square. Celebrity chef and restaurateur Aldo Zilli shared his culinary expertise through a questions and answers session during the event.

The event also gave the community an opportunity to watch performances from Laboratorio Orafolk, eat traditional, hearty, Italian food and admire classic Italian cars and motorcycles.

Diwali Festival 

Diwali is the festival of lights which has evolved into a global celebration. It is celebrated in the autumn during a dark new moon night. Light is a metaphor for God, truth and knowledge.

Peterborough celebrated Diwali in Cathedral square on Saturday 14 October. Celebrations have been marked in Cathedral square for the last three years and the Peterborough Diwali Festival Committee aimed to make this year's the best yet.

The event offered colourful dance performances, music, traditional food and shopping for all to enjoy.

Polish Festival

Peterborough's Polish Festival was celebrated on 25 June this year. The event offered something for all the family with traditional Polish cuisine, folk bands, children's karate and colourfully dressed performers. 

Black History Month 

The origins of Black History Month go back to 1926 when Carter G Woodson, editor for thirty years of the Journal of Negro History, established African Caribbean celebrations in America. 

Black History Month is celebrated in the month of February, while here in UK it is held in the month of October. This year the event was held on Saturday 7 October in Peterborough Cathedral Square.

Peterborough Lithuanian Community Lighthouse Celebration

Peterborough Lithuanian Community Lighthouse celebrated the Restoration of Independence of Lithuania on 10th of March 2018 (two events were held in the city) and supported both events by the Cohesion Team.

Apart from the local Lithuanian community members attending the events with their families and children, the events were also attended by His Excellency Ambassador of Lithuania to London, UK, Mr. Renatas Norkus and Minister Councillor of Embassy of Lithuania Mrs. Natalija Baceviciene.

The Mayor of Peterborough, Councillor Mr. John Fox and Mayoress Judy Fox, along with Councillor Irene Walsh (Cabinet Member for Communities) and members of the Cohesion Team were in attendance. The Mayor and Cabinet Member for communities spoke at the event.

100 Years of Lithuanian Independence 

The local Lithuanian community celebrated 100 years of independence on 16 February 2018. The main event held in the city was organised by the Peterborough Lithuanian Community and supported by the Council's Cohesion Team.

There were a number of events held at different locations within the city.

Around 100 plus people attended this event along with local dignitaries, Councillors and the Mayor of Peterborough Cllr John Fox in the evening of 16 February 2018.

The evening was full of good emotions, fun and tasty food and the community members were praised and congratulated for retaining their national day being celebrated with the local community.

On 17 February the Celebration took place at P'borough Lithuanian Saturday School Gintarelis (Amber) where the Lithuanian anthem was sung.

On the same day (17 February) Ceremonial service were held at St Peter and All Souls Church where the Lithuanian anthem was sung as well.

Holocaust Memorial Day 25 January 2018

Holocaust Memorial Day is commemorated nationally and internationally every year. The event offers a remembrance of not only the Holocaust of World War II, but various other acts of discrimination, genocide and oppression across the world. 

Peterborough holds its own service and has done for a number of years. This year the event will take pace on 25 January at St John's Church from 12 noon, however there will be a performance in Cathedral Square at 11:40am from St John Fisher Catholic High School's drama students. After the Mayor's procession has entered St John's Church, the service will proceed as follows:

  • The Church's Vicar, Ian Black, will present the welcome address 
  • Chuck Salamon will read 'What Is Man?'
  • The Reverend Canon, Ian Black, will say a prayer
  • The Head Boy and Head Girl of St John Fisher's Catholic High School will introduce speakers 
  • The Mayor of Peterborough, Councillor John Fox's address
  • Peterborough's Youth MP, Ayesha Khan, will talk about 'Children of the Holocaust'
  • Marshfields School Post 16 students will read Anne Frank's Life Story 
  • Peterborough Poet Laureate, Clare Currie, will read 'A Roll of Yellow Stars' 
  • Jack Hunt School Sixth Form students will read 'The Jewish Shtetl'
  • Performance of 'A Child of Our Time: Part 1: How Can I Cherish My Man In Such Days?' 
  • Janet Berkman will read 'Exodus' by Lotte Kramer
  • Dr Dennis Guttmann will read a memorial prayer 
  • Kings School Year 13 students will speak on 'The Power of Words' 
  • COMPAS charity will speak on behalf of the Roma Community
  • Maqsood Ahmed OBE, Director of Muslim Hands, will be speaking on 'The Power of Words'
  • Ian Black will then close this service

All those attending the service are invited to then attend the wreath laying ceremony, which will take place afterwards in St John's Square whereby the Mayor, Councillor John Fox, will lay a wreath on the Holocaust Memorial Stone.

To find out more about the event itself visit the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust's website.

UN Children's Service Day

The UN Children’s Day celebrations event organised by Peterborough Interfaith Council and supported by the Community Cohesion Team was held on 16 November 2017 in Peterborough Cathedral.

A number of local school’s students were involved in the event where they provided presentations through poetry, religious scriptures all towards showing solidarity of the key messages of praying for peace through their own beliefs and understanding to help to achieve peace and harmony around the world.

Christmas Meals for Residents

Two Christmas Meals were served to local residents by Peterborough Interfaith Council and supported by the Community Cohesion Team. One meal was served to New Haven residents in Towlor St on 22 November 2017, whilst the 2nd meal was served to Fairview Court residents in Oundle Rd on 12 December 2017.

The Mayor of Peterborough Cllr John Fox and Mayoress joined in with the residents at Fairview Court on 12 December 2017. Everyone enjoyed a healthy meal and appreciated the Mayor's presence of showing solidarity and wished everyone a blessed Christmas and happy New Year.

Community cohesion

Every year various events take place in Peterborough from Diwali festivals to the Christmas light switch on. For further information about these events visit the Commuity cohesion page