Get involved in the Garba

This is a unique and exciting opportunity for you to become a performer at this years Derby Festé.

Derby Festé coincides this year with the climax of the Navratri Festival. The nine-day Hindu festival, which is celebrated across the world, finishes on Friday September 29 and is even more significant this year as it coincides with the 70th anniversary celebrations of India’s independence, and we are inviting you to be part of it.

We are looking for people to join us in this incredible performance, you don’t have to be experienced, just willing, enthusiastic and attend a workshop. The workshops are free to attend and we would love you to join us!

People who attend the workshops will then perform in Derby’s Market Place on Saturday September 30 as the final event of the two-day Derby Festé.

The workshop dates and locations are free to attend but you will need to let us know if you will be joining us by emailing [email protected] or phone Artcore on 01332 384561:

Déda, 19 Chapel St, Derby DE1 3GU
Session 1: 10 September 10am – 1pm
Session 2: 17 September 10am-1pm

Age UK Chaddesden, Chaddesden Ln, Derby DE21 6LN
Session 1: 11 September 10am – 1pm
Sression 2: 18 September 10am-1pm

Indian Community Centre, Rawdon St, Derby DE23 6QR
Session 1: 12 September 6pm – 9pm
Session 2: 19 September 6pm-9pm

West Indian Community Centre, Carrington St, Derby DE1 2ND
Session 1: 14 September 6pm – 9pm
Session 2: 21 September 6pm-9pm

Bosnian Community Centre, 99 Curzon St, Derby DE1 1LN
Session 1: 15 September 5pm – 8pm
Sessoon 2: 22 September 5pm-8pm

The final performance of the Garba will be the spectacular and colourful headline act at Derby Festé 2017 on Saturday 30 September in the Market Place that will be decorated with lanterns and a stage surrounded by the Derby Night Market.

You can download a PDF of the details here feste garba flyer

Background to the Garba

The Garba is a large scale public dance festival in Gujarat in India where people from all walks of life take part wearing traditional clothes and dancing to garba songs and music. Choreographer Parul Shah who is based in Vadodara will be resident in Derby for four weeks before Derby Festé. Parul will work with regional dance artists on an outreach programme which will aim to teach people the basic Garba steps which will be performed at the event. The timing of the event is significant as it coincides with the Navartri Festival in Gujarat, India where the Garba is danced over nine successive nights. Derby’s Market Place will be dressed and lit in a spectacular way which emulates the colourful Garba live sites in Vadodara city and throughout Gujarat in India.

Choreographer: Parul Shah, Vadodara, India

Project Management & Dance Artists: Déda and Artcore

A tutorial film will also be posted on YouTube which will outline the Garba steps and give information on how to get involved in the main event.