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The planning for this year’s Peterborough Festival is well underway and organisers are keen to build on the success of 2007.

The packed programme will include all the familiar favourites and in a real coup for Peterborough City Council’s arts team the world famous jazz musician Acker Bilk and his Paramount Jazz Band will perform a free concert in Central Park on the opening day of the festival.

Acker Bilk


In 1961, Acker Bilk’s hit single ‘Stranger on the Shore’ was the first-ever to be simultaneously number one in the UK and the USA and in 2004 he was honoured with an MBE for his services to the music industry.

“Last year, a record number of community groups and schools took part in the festival,” said Joe Ballard, festival and events manager for the city council. “This year we’re aiming to ensure Peterborough residents are again at the heart of our programme of events and activities. Their feedback through our audience survey will play an important part in deciding the theme and line-up for this year’s festival.

“Acker Bilk’s involvement is fantastic for the city and whether you’re a jazz fan or not, Central Park on Saturday 28 June promises to be something special. There will be a host of unmissable attractions and performances throughout the week and we will be announcing details of those in the coming weeks and months.”

The Peterborough Festival will run from Saturday 28 June to Sunday 6 July and will begin with the ever-popular Mayor’s Festival Parade, which will lead into a fun-filled community orientated afternoon in Central Park followed by Acker Bilk’s free concert in the evening.

The following day activities will focus on the community once more and a free concert in the evening courtesy of the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. An internationally renowned orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic has toured more than 30 countries in the past five years including playing a concert for the late Pope John Paul II in the Vatican.

A range of events and activities will take place during the week reflecting differing interests across the arts. They will include the fantastic Space4 Shorts Film Festival and an entertaining Lunchtime Music Programme before the festival concludes with its Embankment Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, 5 and 6 July.

“I hope Peterborough residents are looking forward to this year’s festival as much as I am,” said Councillor Matthew Lee, Cabinet member for Community Services at the city council. “Last year’s event was a huge success and I am keen to build on that for this year and am sure the packed programme of events and activities will have something for everybody.

“There were 115 different community groups and schools involved in last year’s festival and 85 per cent of attendees rated it as either ‘good’ or ‘excellent’. These are impressive statistics and I hope even more people, community groups and schools will get involved this year.

“Peterborough Festival should provide a platform for the arts, showcase local talent and always entertain. I am convinced we have the right mix to make this a festival to remember and look forward to nine days of excellent entertainment. “

Community groups, schools, businesses and local artists are all welcome to get involved in Peterborough Festival 2008. For further information, call the arts and events team on (01733) 207200 or email [email protected]

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