Peterborough Italian Festival 2017

A range of music, dance and theatre will add an extra cultural twist to this year’s Peterborough Italian Festival.

The two day festival, on September 9 and 10 2017, is now in its ninth year making it the longest running event of its kind in the UK. New additions to the bumper line up of entertainment includes music and dance from Laboratorio Orafolk, who are coming all the way from Deliceto in the province of Foggia, and captivating theatre from Shakespeare in Italy with their performance Aliens Order.

Italian Festival 2017

The festival takes place in Cathedral Square and is organised by Peterborough’s Italian Community Association and supported by Peterborough City Council.

Classic pieces from Italian opera will be sung by Davide Sorrentino, Giuseppe Barile and Teresa De Roberto. There will also be wine making, Italian cakes from bakers such as La Rondini, and pizza from a range of specialist vendors.

The Mediterranean extravaganza will also feature an Italian market, confectionery, ice-cream, pasta, football and boxing demonstrations, classic Italian cars, motorcycles and scooters and lots more.

Annette Joyce, the city council’s service director for city services and communications, said: “This is the city’s most popular cultural and community event in the calendar. Make sure you book the date in your diary and prepare yourself for a tantalising array food, drink, music and dance.

“Each year the festival grows in stature and I am sure people will be looking forward to the new additions to the weekend’s line up including the performances from Laboratorio Orafolk and Shakespeare in Italy.”

The Shakespeare in Italy project was inspired by an Italian Community Association publication, Aliens Order, which took its name from the certificate of registration and identity card that people arriving in the UK had to sign up to in the 1950s if they wanted to work in the country.

The lively, colourful fun pop-up performances with a nod to Commedia Dell Arte, has reference to Shakespeare’s Italian plays including Romeo and Juliet, Othello and The Merchant of Venice. The festival runs on Heritage Open Day weekend and there will be an exhibition celebrating Peterborough’s London Brick heritage at St John the Baptist Church in Church Street on the Saturday.

A large number of Peterborough’s Italian community worked for the London Brick Company. The festival runs from 12noon to 5pm each day.

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