There will be lots going on at Chauffeurs Cottage on St Peters Road, and around the city over the festival period with arts organisation Metal teaming up with various partners to bring you music, craft workshops, films and debates. You can find out more below but do keep an eye out on our facebook for any updates.
In 1888, Russian author and playwright Anton Chekhov said ‘the role of an artist is to ask questions, not to answer them’
Metal has commissioned ten visual artists to create new billboard posters for around the city centre that respond to questions posed by leading figures in the arts world. Comedian Phill Jupitus, singer/songwriters Neil Hannon from The Divine Comedy and Mark Stewart from The Pop Group, poet Mark Grist and writers Paul Morley and Yasmin Alibhai-Brown are amongst those who have provided Peterborough with pertinent questions for passers-by. The billboard designs will be on display throughout September and aim to stimulate debate through organised events, and social media. The billboards will be sited at Thorpe Road, Bourges Boulevard, Westgate, Lincoln Road, Oundle Road and London Road.
“What does it take to be a good role model?” Tuesday 2nd September, 8pm at Chauffeurs Cottage
Join Michael Reid and the Peterborough Philosophy Group to consider the question posed by performance artist Bryony Kimmings. This discussion will act as inspiration for a schools project taking place over the autumn and will directly contribute to the exhibition at Peterborough City Gallery in December 2014.
Michel Reid – At the age of 13, Michael wanted to know what philosophy was so he went to the penguin bookshop and bought Plato’s Symposium. The contents were so shocking that he started a long journey of discovery into the fundamental questions of life. After a few decades of juggling a career in design and engineering, starting up businesses and inventing, this journey is still very much being enjoyed. Michael now runs a monthly Philosophy group at the Buttercross Tea Rooms in Central Park, Peterborough (http://www.meetup.com/Philosophy-in-the-Park/) and in the Palmerston Arms, Oundle Road as well as weekly evening meetings.