Planet B

In 2016, PECT conducted a piece of research in Peterborough to find out what people believed were the most important issues facing the city. PECT believes there are critical issues that need to be discussed and action taken.

Considering alternative ways of living to what has become the norm is challenging but the process of questioning these norms and considering what would lead to a fair and respectful global community is what the focus of 'Planet B' is.

'Planet B', a Green Festival 2017 initiative, is organised in partnership with Metal and The Green Backyard, with funding from Arts Council England. We want Planet B to be both relevant within the local context of Peterborough, but also to engage with wider contemporary environmental thinking and developments.

What needs to happen for people to understand the issues, become more resilient together and take positive actions? This can be referred to as the need for a ‘deep adaptation agenda’ consisting of the following:

Resilience involves people and communities better coping with disruptions. An example includes looking at how buildings can better cope with floods.
Relinquishment involves people and communities letting go of certain assets, behaviours and beliefs where retaining them could make matters worse.
Restoration involves people and communities rediscovering attitudes and approaches to life, such as increased community-level productivity and support.

We're looking for volunteers to assist with this year's event! If you're interested in finding out more please click here

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Planet B Events Programme


The events run from Sat 29th July to Sat 12th August 2017. The final events for 'Planet B' will be released on 26th June, so do keep an eye on this page! If you would like to get involved, please email

Planet B warm-up event: Film Club Frame: Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) 
When: Fri 28th July, 7.30pm
Where: Chauffeurs Cottage, 1 St Peters Rd, Peterborough PE1 1YX
What: Film 

Peterborough International Friendship Day
When: Sat 29th July, 11am-5.30pm
Where: Cathedral Square, Peterborough PE1 1XH
Who: Organised by Extended Hands with support of Peterborough City Council
What: Festival

Smugglers Festival
When: Sat 29th July, 12noon-10.30pm
Where: The Green Backyard, Oundle Road, Peterborough PE2 8AT
Who: The Green Backyard and The Smugglers Festival
What: Festival

Write Club
When: Weds 2nd August, 7.30pm
Where: The Stoneworks, 8B Church St, Peterborough PE1 1XB
What: Poetry

The Future Museum of Now
When: Thurs 3rd-Tues 8th August, 11-4pm (5th Aug also open after Generation Zero)
Where: St John’s Square, Peterborough PE1 1XB
Who: Claudia Friend
What: Exhibition

Clutter Bank
When: Fri 4th-Mon 7th August, 12noon-5pm.
Where: Vivacity Shop, Exchange Street, Queensgate Centre PE1 1NT
Who: Emily Tracy
What: Interactive exhibition

Pay it Forward - Flash Mob Mass Meditation
When: Fri 4th August, 7pm-7.40pm
Where: Cathedral Square, Peterborough PE1 1XH
Who: Soul Happy Wellbeing Centre
What: Group Meditation

Generation Zero
When and where:
Fri 4th August, 8pm: Undercroft Theatre, Serpentine Green Shopping Centre, Hampton, Peterborough PE7 8BE
Sat 5th August, 8pm: City Gallery, Peterborough Museum, Priestgate, Peterborough PE1 1LF
Who: By Becky Owen-Fisher, presented by Lamphouse Theatre
What: Theatre

‘Feed the 1,000’ Community Picnic
When: Saturday 5th August, 11am-3pm
Where: Cathedral Square, Peterborough  PE1 1XB
Who: PECT, Cross Keys Homes, FareShare, WestRaven Big Local,
What: Community Picnic

The Beast
When: Sat 5th August, 12noon-4pm
Where: Various routes around the city centre culminating in Cathedral Square
Who: Francis Thorburn
What: Parade

Pay it Forward - Litter Pick
When: Sun 6th August, 3pm-5pm
Where: Fletton Lakes (Car Park), off Fletton High Street, Peterborough
Who: Soul Happy Wellbeing Centre
What: Litter Pick

Animation: Princess Mononoke (PG)
Thurs 10th August, 3.30pm
Where: John Clare Theatre, Peterborough PE1 1SQ
Who: Peterborough Arts Cinema
What: Film

Drink and Draw
When: Thurs 10th August, 7pm
Where: The Ostrich Inn, Peterborough PE1 2RA
What: Drawing Session

I, Daniel Blake (15)
Thurs 10th August, 7pm-10pm (incl post show discussion)
Where: John Clare Theatre, Peterborough PE1 1SQ
Who: Peterborough Arts Cinema
What: Film

Relinquishment – A Planet B Day Gathering
Fri 11th August, 10am-4.30pm followed by drinks
Where: Anglia Ruskin University, Guild House, Oundle Road, Peterborough PE2 9PW
Who: PECT, Metal and The Green Backyard, supported by Anglia Ruskin University
What: Conference

Question Time Cabaret
When: Fri 11th August, 7.30pm-10.30pm
Where: The Undercroft, Serpentine Green Shopping Centre, Hampton, Peterborough PE7 8BE
Who: Talia Randall
What: Cabaret