Each month IDEA1 invites a guest editor to choose their top five events for the month; this month was the turn of  Amber Lawrence, Arts Development Officer for Vivacity. 


Ambers Top 5 Choices For September

It’s hard not to feel nostalgic around September time. The month marks the start of a new academic year and despite having left education three years ago, September for me always brings a sense of new beginnings, shredding old skin as summer turns to autumn.


1. Peterborough’s Poet Laureate Finale, 28th September, 6.30pm 

So on the topic of change, my first choice of the month is the finale of Peterborough’s Poet Laureate. Last year, Charley Genever picked up the crown and used the title to take on and create various opportunities in the city including working with local communities, forming poetry events such as Freak Speak and Write Club, alongside other local poets, and developing her own practice through art commissions. The time has come for someone new to adopt the role and with an abundance of talented poets and writers in the city, the competition is set to be tough. The finale, taking place at the Key Theatre, is an evening not to be missed! To find out full event details click here.


2. Key Feste, 2nd & 3rd September, 12pm

Another reason to feel nostalgic is that it’s almost been a whole year since last year’s Key Feste, the first festival that I ever helped to organise alongside Vivacity’s incredible Arts Development Manager, Sheena Carman. With astounding acts that tour all over Europe, the free weekend is set to be a good one. Highlights include Urban Astronaut, a figure from the future sent to deliver a message about climate change, the Graffiti Tent where you can create your own t-shirt and skateboarding, with demos from Castillo Skateboards.

I urge you to stick around Peterborough on the Saturday for a special evening performance of Acrojou’s Vessel at 9pm. Combining acrobatics, physical theatre and video projected onto water, Vessel is a visually stunning after dark performance looking through the lens of death at how to best make use of the phenomenon we call life. Full details here. 



3. YMCA Sleep Eazy, 29th September, 7pm – 7am

Spend a night in the shoes of one of the 3.500 people who sleep rough every night in the UK and help the YMCA raise money to beat youth homelessness. YMCA Cambridgeshire & Peterborough are organising a Sleep Eazy in the grounds of Peterborough Cathedral to raise awareness of what it is like to live on the streets. With homelessness so prevalent in Peterborough, I think this is a great experience to get involved in to make you appreciate the luxuries you have and gain an insight into the lives of those who don’t. Find out more here.


4. Hampton Festival, 16th September, 2pm  

Did you know Hampton is 20 years old? To celebrate its birthday Peterborough Presents have organised an extravaganza of activities, performances and music. The festivities will begin with a procession from the Tump to Silver Hill Green by Eastern Angles and Lamphouse Theatre who have worked with local communities over the last couple of months to create ‘Hampton Folk Tales’. As the party continues there’ll be opportunities to take part in cake competitions and dog shows – so get baking and grooming your pets to be in with the chance of winning top prize. I don’t know about you but I’ve got my party hat on already! Full details here.



5. Growth by Luke Norris, 25th September, 7.45pm

You wouldn’t expect a play about a young man finding a lump on his testicle to be described as a comedy but Growth is just that. Written by critically acclaimed writer Luke Norris, the show follows Tobes who’s successfully ignored his lump for two years but it starts to get in the way – cramping his style and, worse, affecting his sex life. The performance won a prestigious Fringe First Award at the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe – and they know what they’re talking about when it comes to quality, so my bets are that this is one to watch! More info here. 

Growth Website

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