Wow I have moved to an exciting vibrant city

Sarah Brigham, Artistic Director and Chief Executive, Derby Theatre, moved to Derby in 2013 and since then has been very mpressed with the exciting vibe that grips the city. “When I first moved to the city in 2013, I experienced two festivals in my first year which took my breath…

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Festival for the People

Tim Jennings, Ambassador co-ordinator for Derby Festé 2016, is excited about the engaement from so many different community groups. “Derby Festé is almost here and once again we are set for a whirlwind weekend of theatrical hijinks, jaw dropping spectacle and good old fashioned fun. It is always a highlight of…

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See Derby Feste from the peregrines’ point of view

Dr Alex Rock, Derby Cathedral Development Officer, explains all that is good about Derby includes Derby Festé. “Festé is an amazing example of all that is good about Derby. Programmed by a group of organisations in Déda, QUAD, Derby LIVE and Derby Theatre who bring so much to the city…

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Take time out to enjoy the Cathedral Quarter’s historic setting

The Cathedral Quarter is a Business Improvement District (BID) which means that businesses within a set boundary come together to invest collectively in local improvements to enhance the trading environment. The Cathedral Quarter is now in its second term having originally been voted into existence in October 2007 shortly after…

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Festé nurtures and supports local talent

Heather Gunn, Marketing and Audience Development Coordinator and Anneliese Moss, Marketing and Sales Assistant at Déda talk about what they love about Derby Festé. “We are both extremely proud to be part of Déda and Déda Producing, two of the major partners for Derby Festé. For us, Festé is a year-round…

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This is Derby, bold, brilliant and welcoming

Adam Buss the CEO of QUAD was one of the people who helped  create the very first Derby Festé: “Festé for me symbolises all that is great about the city of Derby – diversity, passion, heritage, creativity and most importantly a sense of friendship and fun. I feel privileged to…

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ISAN on the road 2016

The Independent Street Arts Network is a national membership and strategic organisation that aims to bring together the many diverse parts of the Outdoor Arts sector. ISAN celebrates the wonderful work, amazing talent and tremendous achievements of the brilliant individuals, companies and organisations working in this most accessible of art…

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Here’s to ten more years!

Peter Helps, Chief Executive at Sinfonia Viva looks back on Derby Feste and how it would be hard to imagine Derby without it. “As always the festival will boast some of the most incredible and jaw dropping street theatre and performances from all over the UK and Europe. We can’t…

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Derby Feste keeps the city’s energy high

Bob Rushton, Programme and Venues Manager at Derby LIVE gives his perspective of Derby Feste and how it has evelved over the years. “In the early days of Festé, we had a workshop session to look at what the event meant to us all, and as part of that were…

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Derby Festé – Expect the Unexpected!

“That would be my advice when asked what Derby Festé is all about. “My family, (husband, 2 children and I), had no preconceived ideas about what was in store when we were invited to Derby Festé last year by our lovely friends in Derby – just that it was an…

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Derby – A City of Festivals

A view of Derby Feste by Andrew Lowe, Marketing and Communications Manager at Marketing Derby “The stage is once again set for Derby’s annual extravaganza of international street theatre, live performances and sheer unadulterated fun. In just ten years, Derby Festé has been able to establish itself as one of…

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Volunteers required to work with the fabulous Sarruga

Get involved with Derby Festé, part of the Without Walls Associate Touring Network. To celebrate the 10th Derby Festé the show that opened the festival in 2007 is making a dramatic return. This September International Street Arts Company Sarruga (Spain) make a welcome return to the streets of Derby with…

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Night Market adds to the Feast of Fun at Derby Festé

Derby’s popular Night Market by Sheena Holland will join the programme for the first night of this year’s Derby Festé in September. Around 40 stalls feature locally produced arts, crafts, food and drink and vintage fayre will be in the Market Place and underneath the Guildhall arches between 5pm and…

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Street Circus Set To Top the Bill in Cathedral Quarter

CQ Saturdays Street Circus returns to Derby’s Cathedral Quarter on Saturday May 14 with a day of free entertainment at the Waterfall stage in the Market Place. The Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement District (BID) has again teamed up with outdoor performance specialists Déda Producing for the entertainment which will be…

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Headline Act Confirmed For Derby Festé 2016

Derby’s Bass’ Recreation Ground will be transformed into a magical underwater spectacle for the headline act at this September’s Derby Festé 2016. French company Transe Express will bring its brand new outdoor performance MÚ to the city on Saturday September 24 which will be only its second performance in the…

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Derby Feste 2016

Derby Feste will return on 23 and 24 September 2016. Keep an eye out for how we will make the unusual seem usual, the strange become stranger and the weird simply wonderful. Sign up for the newsletter which will have all the latest news and progress for Derby Feste 2016….

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It’s what everyone is talking about…

Derby Festé 2015 will take place throughout the city centre on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th September and will be produced and presented by Déda, Derby LIVE, Derby Theatre and QUAD in association with the Without Walls Associate Touring Network. Since this annual cultural highlight started in 2007, Derby Festé…

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Fringe Festé

Derby Festé is known for its family friendly shows and large scale spectacular events, but this year Derby’s flagship outdoor festival, has taken its local talent programmes a step further, with Fringe Festé. One of the biggest events in the city of Derby’s calendar is nearly upon us, with Derby…

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Derby Festé 2015 set to be the best yet!

Derby Festé returns for its ninth year, transforming the city centre into a world-class festival site with performances for the whole family to enjoy. Derby Festé kicks off on Friday night with the Grand Tour installation, The Enlightenment Comes Alive, projected onto the Silk Mill. This will be followed by…

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Family-friendly Festé offers sponsorship packages

Organisers of Derby Festé are seeking additional sponsorship for this year’s event and to ensure its future. Sponsoring the annual event provides a great opportunity for organisations to raise its profile within the city. Derby Festé promises to celebrate its ninth anniversary with a bang and has recently announced the…

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Derby Festé returns with a bang!

Derby City Centre will once again transform, for a ninth year, into a world-class festival site and, through a multitude of outdoor performance areas, act as the perfect platform to play host to Derby Festé 2015, the ever-popular post-summer annual extravaganza of city-wide live performances and breath-taking acts. Derby Festé…

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Derby Festé 2015

Derby Festé has announced the names of the two Derbyshire based companies who will be creating new work especially for this year’s festival. Performing during the Festé weekend will be Maison Foo and Freckled Mischief. In January, Derby Festé put a call out to local artists to apply for the…

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