Museum of Moon

Museum of Moon

5 - 14 October 2018                                                                                                      

Peterborough Cathedral                                                                                                 

All events are free unless stated otherwise                                                                       

Vivacity presents Museum of the Moon, a visually stunning installation by artist Luke Jurram. The moon, measuring seven metres in diameter and featuring 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface, will be suspended in the magnificent space of Peterborough Cathedral.


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.

Orbis by Humanhood

Fri 5 Oct, 6.45pm - 7pm

A mesmerising dance duet taking your imagination way beyond planet Earth, Orbis looks at the relationship between us and the moon. Find yourself captivated as two dancers perform ritualistic and mystical movement. 

Sufi:Zen by Akademi

Fri 5 Oct, 7.15pm - 8pm

Watch as the night sky comes alive with movement, flowing garments, vibrant face paints and fire. Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Cathedral's Gothic architecture, Sufi:Zen brings together the stillness of Zen meditation and the joyous motion of Sufi Dervishes. 

Choreographed by Gauri Sharma Tripathi with the support of Jonathan Lunn and Mavin Khoo, Akademi presents a modern interpretation on traditional Kathak dance set to music by Shri Sriram.

Music under the Moon

Sun 7th October, 12.30pm - 2pm

Peterborough Opera will sing excerpts from Die Fledermaus by Viennese Waltz King, Johann Strauss II. These will include the famous Champagne chorus. Peterborough Opera perform at least one full staged opera every year in Peterborough and Oundle, and Die Fledermaus will be staged later in the month at the Key. Next year is Peterborough Opera’s 50th anniversary year, and we will be performing Verdi’s Requiem and Mozart’s The Magic Flute.

Music under the Moon

Tues 9th October, 7:30pm - 9pm

Peterborough Music Hub in partnership with the Peterborough Centre for Young Musicians (PCYM), Peterborough Keys Academies Trust and Sacred Heart RC Primary School will present a space themed concert under the atmospheric backdrop of the Museum of the Moon installation at Peterborough Cathedral. The evening involving talented young musicians aged 7-18 will take you through the musical genres and styles with ensembles including choirs, orchestra, bands and chamber music all united in celebration of all things extra terrestrial.

Silent Disco under the Moon

Fri 12 Oct, 7pm - 9pm

Dance away under the Moon at a special silent disco for all the family! You’ll be given your own headset as the Cathedral is transformed into a tranquil dance floor. There will be a tuck shop available as well as a small paid bar.

Tickets are £5 per person and available to book through Peterborough Cathedral

Sisters in Mbira

Sun 14 Oct, 12.30pm - 2pm

Sisters in Mbira are a duo comprising Anna Mudeka and Millicent Chapanda who incorporate mbira, singing, drumming, storytelling in their performance. They are proponents of cultural practices found in the music and oral traditions of the lived experience of women in Zimbabwe. The duo have together and separately been involved in performance and cultural heritage events worldwide. They have a keen awareness of gender issues and barriers affecting women both in the diaspora and in Zimbabwe.

The music of Sisters in Mbira is a panoply of reflective, ‘dance happy’, bubbling, introspective and engaging rhythms from the deep cultural well of the heritage of Zimbabwe.

Event Timetable

Date Opening Times

Friday 5 October











Launch Event!


Orbis by Humanhood (Cathedral Precincts)

Sufi:Zen by Akademi (Cathedral Precincts)

Cathedral open for visitors to view Museum of the Moon

Saturday 6 October 10.00am 5.00pm Regular services running in the Cathedral
Sunday 7 October 12.30pm 2.00pm Music under the Moon
  2.00pm 5.00pm Regular services running in the Cathedral
Monday 8 October 10.00am 5.00pm  
  7.00pm 9.00pm Late night opening
Tuesday 9 October 10.00am 5.00pm  
  7.30pm 9.00pm Music under the Moon
Wednesday 10 October 10.00am 5.00pm  
  6.30pm 9.00pm Late night opening
Thursday 11 October 10.00am 5.00pm  
  6.30pm 9.00pm Late night opening
Friday 12 October 10.00am  5.00pm  
  7.00pm 9.00pm Silent Disco (tickets required, see above)
Saturday 13 October 10.00pm 5.00pm Regular services running in the Cathedral
Sunday 14 October 12.30pm 2.00pm Music under the Moon: Sisters in Mbira 
  2.00pm 5.00pm Regular services running in the Cathedral
During the music concerts on the 7th & 14th October we will be collecting donations for the Children's Acute Transport Service. The Children’s Acute Transport Service (CATS) is an intensive care transport team serving around 50 hospitals in the North Thames, Essex, Herts, Beds, and East Anglia regions in England. It is one of the largest specialist paediatric retrieval services in Europe. The CATS team take the skills of a paediatric intensive care unit ‘on the road’, to the bedside of critically ill children. 
There are only a small number of hospitals that have a children's Paediatric intensive care unit and CATS provide a vital service in getting children to these hospitals as safely and quickly as possible.  The Charity aims to improve the service for patients and families and enables them to buy the essential life saving equipment. Any donation towards this vital service is appreciated. Registered charity number 1124897 

The Museum of the Moon has been co-commissioned by a number of creative organisations brought together by Luke Jerram and Norfolk & Norwich Festival. These include: At-Bristol, Kimmel Center, Lakes Alive, Provincial Domain Dommelhof, Brighton Festival, Greenwich+Docklands International Festival, Without Walls, Les Tombées de la Nuit, Rennes and Cork Midsummer Festival. The artwork has also been created in partnership with the UK Space Agency, University of Bristol and The Association for Science and Discovery Centres.

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, bringing high-quality outdoor work to diverse audiences across England. For more information on the work of the Without Walls ATN, click here

Top image credit: Carolyn Eaton