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 No more tears as Glass Onion springs back to life

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There'll be no more tears at the Glass Onion on Burghley Road when the venue springs back to life as Peterborough's very first music and arts community centre, staffed and run entirely by volunteers.

The Glass Onion Music and Arts Community Centre opens its doors to the public on Saturday 16 September, with a packed weekend including murder mystery, music, film, exhibitions and workshops on Reiki, animation, jewellery making, music production, local art, storytelling, Poi and juggling.

Muddy Promotions Directors (left to right) Luke Payn, Moony and Ben Turner outside the new Glass Onion Music and Arts Community Centre

Admission to the Centre is free and visitors can take advantage of a licensed fair-trade café bar, regular open mic music sessions, poetry and comedy evenings - all in the company of experienced musicians and artists who are more than willing to share their knowledge!

For just £5 a year, visitors can also become members of Muddy Promotions. Members can then gain access to the Glass Onion 'back of house' facilities which will include a book, film and music library, art and sculpture rooms, graphic design and film editing suites, a photography dark room, a relaxing herb garden, band rehearsal rooms and a recording studio for a community record label called ‘Drip Dry’.

Transforming the pub into The Glass Onion Music and Arts Community Centre is a project pioneered by Muddy Promotions, a voluntary not-for-profit organisation spearheaded by Muneer 'Moony' Hassan, lead singer of Peterborough band 'Opaque'.

Moony, co-directors Ben Turner, Stuart and Luke Payn and a band of willing volunteers have worked tirelessly over the last year to turn the former city pub into a place where people can participate in creative arts and music projects and enjoy live music, poetry and theatre in a comfortable and atmospheric environment.

Says Moony: "Before the Glass Onion, there was nowhere in Peterborough where people could develop the creative side of their nature without spending lots of money. Based in the heart of the city, the new Centre provides a place for anyone interested in music and art to develop their talents - from recording and marketing their own CDs to designing jewellery, painting pictures and sculpture. We especially hope Peterborough's young people will use the Centre to get their feet on the first rung of the ladder and take a positive first step towards achieving their dreams.

"We currently receive no funding and have established the Centre using our own money, effort and sheer determination. I'm immensely proud of and grateful to everyone who's been involved in bringing the Centre alive."

The Glass Onion Music and Arts Community Centre will be open for business from 10am to 12 midnight weekdays and from 12 noon to 1am at weekends.

To find out more about what's happening at the Glass Onion, or if you'd like to get involved, call Muddy Promotions on 07940 467303, visit  or simply call in to the Glass Onion on Burghley Road where you can expect a warm and friendly welcome.

September 2006




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