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As part of Peterborough Arts Festival in September, Metal will be hosting a week of activities and events. Our Indie-Vision Billboard project will be in situ around Peterborough for people to view, we will have a work in progress exhibition at Chauffeurs Cottage including a series of dinners, debates and talks. The opening of our fabulous garden created by Jeni Cairns and The Green Backyard will bebrought back from Hampton Court Flower Show, and celebrated with afternoon cream teas, live music, spoken word, visual arts and craft demonstrations. The week will also include film screenings from Cyclops, and a Pecha Kucha night themed around Peterborough’s Secret Passions.


Metal Billboard Launch – Sunday 31st August 

2 – 4pm – Artist-led walking tours + opportunity to feedback

5 – 7pm – Join the artists and Metal for Billboard artist talks and debate

Read full details here. 


Metal Billboard debating programme – Tuesday 2nd September 

8pm: Subject – ‘What does it take to be a good role model’ (led by Michael Reid of Peterborough Philosophy Group) at Chauffeurs Cottage.

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Metal Billboard debating programme – Saturday 6th September

10am: Subject – ‘Are you worth it?’ – As part of ‘Philosophy in the Park’ at Buttercross Tea Rooms, Central Park

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Billboard Basecamp – Monday – Friday during September

Chauffeurs Cottage will be open daily from 10am – 5pm Monday to Friday throughout September for you to drop in and share your response to the questions.

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Temporary Local Broadcast by Jack James – Sunday 31st August

4pm – 5pm – A shared ‘tuning in’ to a new sound work created for Peterborough Festival and the launch of an accompanying hyper local FM radio installation at Chauffeurs Cottage.

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Three Acres and A Cow –  Saturday 30th August  

7pm for food 8pm show, price £10 including a meal.

‘Three Acres And A Cow’ connects The Norman Conquest and Peasants’ Revolt with the fracking protests and Occupy via the Enclosures and Highland Clearances, bringing a compelling narrative to the radical people’s history of Britain through folk songs, stories and poems.

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Cyclops Film Night ‘ Black fish’ – Wednesday 3rd September


Local billboard artist Lee Mason will be running this regular alternative film night around the theme for his Indie-Vision billboard ‘Why do animals exist?’.   

Read more here. 


Family Film Night ‘ the Secret Garden’  – Friday 5th September


To celebrate the introduction of a new garden at Chauffeurs Cottage Metal will be showing The Secret Garden.

Read full details here. 


Cafe Valise At Chauffeurs Cottage – Saturday 6th September 


Take time out of your busy festival schedule and pop into café valise to enjoy cake, tea / coffee.

Read full details here. 


Wild cooking and Foraging At Chauffeurs Cottage – Saturday 6th September

2pm and 3.30pm

For all you ethically-minded  foodies out there, take a walk on the wild side with chef Lee Clarke (Clarkes Restaurant / Café Clarkes) and forager David Radley (Nene Park Trust).

Read full details here. 


A Space To Connect And Grow Garden Launch – Sunday 7th September 

2pm – 6pm

Join us for an afternoon of performances, craft demonstrations and gardening tips as we celebrate the launch of a new green space for the city.

Read full details here. 

Download a timetable of event here. 

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