First Community Festival After Decades
Millfield Community Festival was first festival to be held in the Gladstone area after a long time, after the annual Gladstone Carnival stopped in 1980s. The festival was organised by Peterborough Presents, a project supported by Vivacity.
Gladstone Connect and Pakistan Community Association of Peterborough were part of the advisory group that was key in making sure that there were attractions in the festival for all of the local communities that live in Peterborough generally and more specifically those who live in the central area of the city.
There was a real carnival atmosphere to the day which included a variety of musicians to entertain all including Dhols (Indian/ Pakistani folk drums) by a well known local personality, Satwinder Singh Sawali; Eastern European singers, English singer and finally with a Peterborough first of an open air Qawwali concert performed by Chaand Ali Khan Qawwal and Party. The Qawwali was so popular with the crowd that extra time had to be given to them.
There were a variety of foods that were available for people from hallal BBQ burgers, traditional Pakistani Samosa Chaat to Polish hot soup all at very affordable prices.
Pakistan Community Association also arranged for a national exhibition "The Grand Trunk Project" by AMAL to exhibit Muslim Cultures and Arts, to be at the festival.