Key Feste 2017

Key Feste 2017

Arts and Sports Festival                              

Save the Date! 

2nd & 3rd September 2017

For this year's Key Feste Vivacity Arts are teaming up with Vivacity Sports to create a weekend of performing arts and participatory sports! The event will take place on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd September with activities and performances on the River Embankment surrounding the Key Theatre, inside the Key Theatre and at the Lido.

Vivacity is a member of the Without Walls Associate Touring Network, a group of 10 festivals working together to extend reach and benefits of the existing Without Walls programme in areas where there is low engagement with the arts, bringing high quality outdoor work to diverse audiences across England. For more information on the work of Without Walls ATN, please visit:

Vessel by Acrojou

A storm in a tea cup, the cloud that we all carry, a boat-sized piece of one man’s inner ocean...

All at Sea is a theatrical installation set in a boat, which rows gently through the tides of the world around us. In limbo between life and death, a lone boatman traverses a vast ocean of memories and past hopes, accompanied by his own personal storm. 

In a time of social unrest, rising seas and escapes made in unworthy vessels, Vessel is about the value of ‘now’, and whether it is ever possible to leave knowing you did enough. An emotive tale to inspire and uplift, Vessel looks through the lens of death at how to best make use of the phenomenon we call life. How to remember to remember what matters, as we navigate our fast and overwhelmingly complex lives.

NOMADIS two nomads meet with instant recognition. Falling into the force of a vortex that brings them here, shaping the ‘Now’. Merging the bodies in curves and falling into the pulse of the encounter. An animalistic crossing where instinct is the only thing left.

Nomadis by Humanhood

Of Man and Beast by Company Chameleon

Of Man and Beast is a dynamic new outdoor work, choreographed by Co-Artistic Director Anthony Missen for Company Chameleon. A powerful, sensitive and revealing look at male group dynamics, Of Man and Beast uncovers the many faces of man - strength, camaraderie, vulnerability and hostility.
5 exceptional male performers showcase the company's inventive and unique physical style.

Roulette wheel meets juggling: danger, skill and awe-inspiring moments. Aluminium, concrete and motors mix in an unlikely way; Project_Vee takes juggling in a different dimension. Literally.

Project_Vee mixes technique inspired by legendary soviet era circus with a contemporary approach to outdoor performance.

Project Vee by Circus Geeks X Pangottic

Smoke by Plunge Boom

A man moves amongst members of the public. Gradually smoke begins to creep from out of his trouser leg. He gives his leg a shake and the smoke stops. Next, it arises from his collar, then
his sleeves. All the while he acknowledges this with a weary resignation, but what starts as a tiny wisp, ends up as an all-consuming plume. Can you help him out before he disappears completely?
Urban Astronaut provides a glimpse of a future that might be... where problems surrounding air pollution have grown to crisis point, is there any way back? What can the Urban Astronaut learn from audiences now that might change his future?
Combining stunning design, unseen before aerial performance with simple story telling and moving dance performance, Urban Astronaut travels through towns and cities searching for a solution to the environmental disaster that is present in our near future. The answer is found in a simple encounter with a young girl who provides the one thing the astronaut has lost... hope

Urban Astronaut by Highly Sprung

Culinary Duel by Etta Ermini

Based upon the familiar format of TV cookery shows Culinary Duel combines dance, theatre and one characterful robotic cooker set to create havoc. Recreating the family TV experience and animating its absurdity with physical humour, athletic dance, acrobatics and audience participation, members of the public are encouraged to stir and sprinkle ingredients, engage in egg cracking competitions, learn a simple dance with cooking gestures and help the chefs catch their disobedient kitchen appliance. 


Two players enter the labyrinth of a virtual world and compete for the ultimate prize: happiness. The First Person to complete the game and find happiness is the winner! It’s that easy. All they need to do is follow the voice of the unseen Guide and they’ll be just fine. But in our harsh world of winners and losers, is the Guide aiding their journey, or relishing in their demise?

First Person by Zest Theatre


Football crazy? Football mad? Make sure to catch H.O.H, the interactive, immersive dance piece that is centred on the nation's favourite sport. Using hip-hop theatre and contemporary movement, it comically forces the audience to look at the nation's beloved game from a different perspective, tackling everyday socio-political issues at the same time. It's definately Far From The Norm...

Cupid helps the world to fall in love. Now he has fallen in love himself, only to discover his powers have deserted him. Will he be able to recover them?

He enlists the help of a magical Campervan of Love and a host of surprising characters. Together they set out on a chaotic road trip that takes them to the heart of what's in our hearts. A funny, musical, dancing adventure for all the family. 

Campervan of Love

Artwork: Process Smith

Graffiti Tent 

Release your creativity with our graffiti workshops. Under the guidance of artists Process Smith and Nyces learn how to make your mark with a spray can using stencils and freehand designs. Express your individuality and create your own wearable t-shirt with Mik Richardson.

To find out more about the artists, follow these links...

Process Smith:


Mik Richardson:





Pick up your board or skates and hit the ramp on the River Embankment. For Key Feste weekend there will be a temporary ramp set next to the River. Anyone with their own board or skates is able to have a go and show off their talents in the air or if you're more of a spectator than a skater, stick around and watch some of Castillo's team showcasing their skills! 

Please note, skaters will only be allowed on the ramps if they wear helmets and must bring their own boards. 

Castillo are an independent skateboard company home grown in Peterborough. They manufacture and sell professional skateboards and skateboarding apparel and sponsor four local skaters from the Peterborough area.

Castillo also run video and music production workshops for local projects and will be offering video editing tutorials for aspiring videographers and skaters over the course of the weekend at Key Feste. 

To find out more about what they do, check out their website:



Over the weekend we will be offering slots to musicians who will be in with the chance of winning £250 or £100. Prizes will go to the best two buskers as chosen by the public. Musicians will have the opportunity to perform in various spots around the festival and will have the chance to promote themselves as artists. If you are interested in performing at Key Feste please contact