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Millfield festival returns for August

Millfield Festival returns next month with a weekend of free activities.
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The Link Road mural is set to be restored as part of The Millfield Link (Photo: Emily Rutherford)

The festival takes a slightly different format this year as activities will take place in venues across Millfield instead of on the New England Rec.

August 7

Millfield Link Mural Restoration, 10am-4pm - Link Road

Artists including Street Arts Hire, Stuart Payn, Amanda Rigby, Tony Nero, and Jason Duckmanton are currently restoring this amazing mural which was originally painted by Francis Gomilla back in the 80s. Come along and see the artists in action as they bring the mural back to its original glory. 

Millfield Link Exhibition - telling Millfield Stories, August 6-16, all day

Eight locations: over the last six months organisers have been gathering photos, creating art works and interviewing people from across Millfield about what makes the area special to them. 

Activities - PARCA Youth Club, 12-6pm - Unity Hall, Northfield Road

Drop in to PARCA’s Youth Club for 11-16 year olds - play games, try out instruments, play and have a go at some craft activities.

Bharat Hindu Samaj Mandir Temple, 3-5pm - Unit 6, New England Complex, Rock Rd

Traditional Indian and Bollywood singing and dancing performances from top local performers performing The Bollywood Matinee. 

Cine-sister presents: Family Film- 3 Braves; 2pm, Gladstone Primary School Hall, Gladstone Street

Pakistan's first computer-animated feature-length film. The film focuses on three 11-year-old friends, Amna, Saadi and Kamil, extraordinary children who rise from the unlikeliest of places to save their community from the evils that plague it. Before the feature you will have the opportunity to see locally made short films by children at the school.  

To book visit cinesisterfilm on Facebook or Eventbrite

Magical History Tour with Deljit Singh, 10am-1pm 

Following the success of his Millfield Magical History Tour film, former Cromwell Road resident and community legend Deljit Singh will do a live two-part memory walk around Millfield, sharing some of the history of the area and personal memories of days gone by. Age 16+, booking essential.

Raising Millfield by Atiha Sen Gupta is a new piece of theatre experienced on foot and through headphones in an audio walking tour of Millfield. It tells the stories of residents and what it’s like to grow up or raise a family in the area. It's produced by Peterborough Presents and Eastern Angles, and booking is essential

Roma Heritage Day, 12-5pm, Compas Orien, 19 Fitzwilliam Street

Celebrate the Roma culture within the Millfield area. There will be Roma traditional music, an exhibition of art and traditional food

Millfield Music Makers Chime Creation Centre, Unit A, The Courtyard, Norfolk Street
 

Peterborough’s community music venue, Chime Creation Centre is situated in the heart of Millfield. Drop in for music-making workshops and hands-on musical activities throughout the day, including DJing, beat-making, lyric writing, singing, beat-boxing and live performances.


August 8

Hazel Perry Radical Millfield History Tour, 10am-1.30pm, The Triangle.

Ever wondered what the clock tower on the Triangle signifies? Was there ever a windmill on Windmill Street? Where was Unity Hall and why the name? Discover the answer to these questions and more on the Millfield Radical History Tour.

Feel Good Hub with HAY Peterborough, 11am–4.30pm, Gladstone Park Community Centre, Bourges Boulevard

Come and have a go at different activities that can help you to feel good and lift your spirits. You can drop in and have a go at karate, tennis, craft activities, reiki massage and lots of other activities designed to make you feel good. There are also bookable workshops.

International Storytelling Extravaganza, The Allama Iqbal Centre, Cromwell Road

Storytelling from local community heroes plus the first live reading of a brand new story written by kids from Millfield and local author Sandy Wardrop with illustrations by children’s illustrator Ellie Sandall. The book bus will be on site to explore, and there will also be shadow puppet workshops inside the centre.

Party with PARCA, Northfield Road

Have a go at crafts, gardening, music and food activities. Plus see performances from brilliant local Lithuanian choir Motyva. PARCA seeks to support and celebrate asylum seekers, refugees and black and ethnic minority, European and local residents.

Find out more here