The Beast stops traf­fic

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - YOUR TELEGRAPH - By Stephen Briggs stephen.briggs@peterboroughtoday.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTstephenB

The Beast roared through Peter­bor­ough as part of a cel­e­bra­tion of the dif­fer­ent cul­tures and com­mu­ni­ties in the city.

The huge trav­el­ling ve­hi­cle was ac­com­pa­nied by per­form­ers as it weaved its way through city streets from The Green Back­yard to Cathe­dral Square on Satur­day. The event was part of the Planet B fes­ti­val, which has been tak­ing place across the city.

Along with the Beast, there was also a ‘Feed the 1,000’ event in Cathe­dral Square on Satur­day.

The Beast is the cre­ation of Fran­cis Thor­burn, who is a prac­tis­ing artist work­ing with per­for­mance and sculp­ture.

Op­er­ated by peo­ple from across the globe who choose to live and work in the city, The Beast cel­e­brates the vi­tal role these work­ers play in keep­ing the city’s ‘ma­chines’ work­ing.

Sarah Haythorn­th­waite, Se­nior Project Man­ager at Metal, said: “We had such a fantastic re­sponse to the Beast last week­end. A team of 24 in­ter­na­tional res­i­dents from across the city came to­gether to push the Beast around the streets of Peter­bor­ough. We had votes and ‘toots’ of ‘Thanks’ from passers-by as we told them of the project’s unique ap­proach to cel­e­brat­ing the con­tri­bu­tions of the migrant pop­u­la­tion to Peter­bor­ough and the UK.”

The Feed the 1,000 event was run by the lo­cal en­vi­ron­men­tal char­ity PECT and is be­ing funded by the Sainsbury’s Waste Less, Save More cam­paign.

The aim was to feed 1,000 peo­ple with lo­cally grown pro­duce.

Karen Igho, Com­mu­ni­ties Team Man­ager at PECT, said: “This event was a fantastic op­por­tu­nity to bring peo­ple to­gether through the en­joy­ment of a good, free meal in Peter­bor­ough’s Cathe­dral Square. Our aim was to high­light the is­sues around food waste, and we were re­ally pleased to see so many peo­ple and fam­i­lies get­ting in­volved and – de­spite the rain! – tak­ing time to­gether to en­joy the meal and de­bate en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues.”

The Beast is just one of the artists’ com­mis­sions that fea­ture as part of Planet B, a two-

week pro­gramme of arts projects, film screen­ings, ex­hi­bi­tions, per­for­mances, work­shops, dis­cus­sions, de­bates and din­ners all ex­plor­ing sus­tain­abil­ity and the en­vi­ron­ment. The pro­gramme started on July 29, and will run un­til Au­gust 12, at venues across Peter­bor­ough.

To­mor­row (Au­gust 11) there will be a ‘Ques­tion Time Cabaret’ at The Un­der­croft, Ser­pen­tine Green Shop­ping Centre, from 7.30pm. The event is themed around cli­mate jus­tice and ac­tivism,

On the same day there will be an En­vi­ron­ment Day ‘gath­er­ing’ held be­tween 10am and 4pm at Anglia Ruskin Uni­ver­sity, Guild House, Oun­dle Road,

The pro­gramme has been ar­ranged by the en­vi­ron­men­tal char­ity PECT, work­ing along­side arts or­gan­i­sa­tion Metal and The Green Back­yard, and with fund­ing from Arts Coun­cil Eng­land.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the full pro­gramme of events, call 01733 568408 or visit pect.org.uk/Plan­etB.

The Beast be­ing trans­ported from the Green Back Yard to Cathe­dral Square via Bridge Street and St John’s Street.

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