The Beast stops traffic
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.