Community events

Holocaust Memorial Day Commemoration

Holocaust Memorial Day is commemorated nationally and internationally each year on the 27th January.

For a number of years Peterborough has held its own commemoration during Holocaust Memorial Week, offering a public and inter-faith act of remembrance not only of the Holocaust of World War II but many other acts of genocide, discrimination and oppression throughout the world, throughout history and that continues in our lives today.

Peterborough Holocaust Memorial Day Commemoration will be on Thursday 24 January at St John the Baptist Church.

Each year the Holocaust Memorial Trust announces a specific theme that will steer events towards a shared focus and provides the stimulus for exhibitions, services and a range of commemorative activities. This year’s theme is ‘Torn from Home’.

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. 

The city’s annual Diwali celebration will be held on Saturday 27 October from 11am until 5pm and everyone is invited to come along. 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.

This year's event will offer Indian classical dances, Bollywood dances and stalls selling Indian food, sweets, clothes and handicrafts.

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. 

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.

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