Museum of the Moon launch

Museum of the Moon launch

What can I say except… WOW… Vivacity Peterborough have done it again!!!

We are SO lucky to have a non-profit organisation like this giving our city plenty to do and see!

For this particular exhibition Vivacity Arts is a member of the Without Walls ATN, a group of festivals working together to extend the reach and benefits of the existing Without Walls programme in areas where there is low engagement with the arts. For more information on the work of the Without Walls ATN, visit: www.withoutwalls.uk.com/atn

So here we are at the official launch of the Museum of The Moon exhibition by Vivacity Arts….on Friday 5th October.

Presenting the first performance ‘Orbis’ by Humanhood…a mesmerising dance performance taking your imagination way beyond planet Earth, Orbis looks at the relationship between us and the moon.

Followed by ‘Sufi:zen’ by Akademi…With the dramatic backdrop of the Cathedral’s gothic architecture, the night sky will come alive with movement, flowing garments, vivid face paint and a spectacular fire display. Sufi:Zen brings together the stillness of Zen meditation and the joyous motion of Sufi Dervishes.

This then follows with entry to see the Museum of the Moon inside Peterborough Cathedral. It’s a touring artwork by @LukeJerram and is an amazing 7 metres in diameter. With detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface and cinematic surround sound, it’s hard not to believe that you are floating through space or standing beneath the real thing. Awesomely, at an approximate scale of 1:500,000, each centimetre of the internally lit spherical sculpture represents 5km of the moon’s surface. Over its lifetime, the Museum of the Moon will be presented in a number of different ways both indoors and outdoors, so altering the experience and interpretation of the artwork. As it travels from place to place, it will gather new musical compositions and an ongoing collection of personal responses, stories and mythologies, as well as highlighting the latest moon science.

The installation is a fusion of lunar imagery, moonlight and surround sound composition created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award winning composer Dan Jones. Each venue also programmes their own series of lunar inspired events beneath the moon.

Luke Jerram’s multidisciplinary practice involves the creation of sculptures, installations and live arts projects. Living in the UK but working internationally for 19 years, Jerram has created a number of extraordinary art projects which have excited and inspired people around the globe. Jerram has a set of different narratives that make up his practice which are developing in parallel with one another. He is known worldwide for his large scale public artworks.

The Museum of The Moon exhibition starts now…. it’s huge and encompasses the middle of the Cathedral next to the shuttle. What a great setting and a coincidence that it’s at the same time as Tim Peake’s spacecraft….Actually, you can’t miss it! Lol

Museum of the Moon will run from the 5 – 14 October. During its time in Peterborough Cathedral, there will be a programme of supporting events including music under the moon by Zimbabwean Duo, Sisters in Mbira, a silent disco and special late night openings to experience the full beauty of the moon after dark. Museum of the Moon continues until 14 October with a programme of lunar inspired events. To find out more visit vivacity.org/moon

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Some of the images have been taken during Opportunity Peterborough’s Bondholder Dinner 2018 event on Thursday 4th October, which we attended.