Community events

Past events

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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