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Thank you to all of the partners that will make Derby Festé 2018 possible.


Derby Festé 2018 will take place on 27th to 29th September and is produced and presented by Déda, Derby LIVE, Derby Theatre and QUAD in association with the Without Walls Associate Touring Network.

We would like to say a BIG thank you to all of our partners, sponsors and friends who help to make Derby Festé bigger, bolder and better each year!

Produced and presented by:

With a class curriculum of around 50 classes a week and an extensive community development programme, Déda is one of the key cultural organisations in the city.

2018 marks 20 years of Déda in our beautiful Chapel Street home. Keep an eye on our calendar for some very special events throughout the year.

QUAD is a CINEMA, GALLERY,  CAFÉ BAR and WORKSHOP that anyone can use, based in Derby UK.

QUAD provides facilities and services that connect people and businesses to art and film, creating opportunities for entertainment, education and participation.

Derby LIVE is part of Derby City Council. We present and produce an excellent and diverse programme of live performances, events and festivals. We are innovative, inclusive, sustainable and vital to the regeneration of Derby.

Our venues include the Derby Arena and Guildhall Theatre as well as outdoor spaces in and around Derby City Centre like the Market Place, Darley Park and Bass’ Recreational Ground.

‘Derby Theatre…increasingly the most crucial theatre in the region because of its emphasis on learning, nurturing and nourishing.’ Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

Derby Theatre is reimagining what a regional producing theatre can be. Through its unique relationship with the University of Derby, the theatre has placed learning, mentoring and artistic excellence as its heart, bringing together creative professionals with diverse audiences, to tell compelling stories.

Without Walls is 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 performances to diverse audiences across England. For more information on the work of Without Walls ATN, please click here.

Funded & Supported by:

Arts Council England champion, develop and invest in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. They support activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections.

“Between 2018 and 2022, we will invest £1.45 billion of public money from government and an estimated £860 million from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country.”

Shop ‘til you drop in Derby! With over 160 stores, intu Derby is the place to go shopping in the East Midlands. Plus, there is a mouth-watering selection of restaurants and a Showcase Cinema de Lux showing all the latest blockbuster films. visit for more details.

Recently voted the ‘Best City Location’ at the Great British High Street Awards, Derby’s Cathedral Quarter is the perfect place to enjoy Festé. Take time out from the Festé fun to enjoy the area’s many award winning shops, cafe’s, restaurants and bars. With charm and character the Cathedral Quarter has a host of historic landmarks as well as leisure attractions for the whole family to enjoy. Visit for more information about special offers.

One of the largest law firms in the East Midlands, Smith Partnership ditches the legal jargon to focus on their Clients’ needs.  Their open and honest approach sets them apart from their competitors to provide their clients with professional legal advice with a real difference.   By putting their clients at the forefront, they have been trusted by individuals and businesses to handle their legal matters for over 30 years.  The team of accredited solicitors have extensive experience across all areas of law including sectors such as personal injury, medical negligence, divorce law, wills and probate, employment law, debt recovery, and criminal law.  As a result, Smith Partnership are proud to be a leading law firm in the East Midlands, with top tier status in the Legal 500 and a network of offices in Derby, Leicester, Burton upon Trent, Stoke on Trent and Swadlincote.

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Ranked in the top 20 in the country for Teaching Quality, the University of Derby combines academic excellence with practical, hands-on experience to provide our students with the skills, knowledge and opportunities they need to thrive. As the only University in the city and the county, we’re proud to support Derby Feste! Find out more at

Derby City Council work in partnership with a number of cultural organisations across the city. This ensures the arts scene is always vibrant and encourages involvement in the arts for everyone.

Thank you to:

Looking for family days out in Derby or Derbyshire? You’ve come to the right place! We list exciting events, amazing attractions and cool clubs for children and families in Derby and Derbyshire. We list what’s on in Derby at the weekend, half term and school holidays.

Be spoilt for choice at ‘your one stop site for family fun!’ We list things to do in Derby and Derbyshire all in one place so you’ll always know what’s on!

Baby People is a music and arts development organisation. The UK’s first dedicated Hip Hop school which uses art and culture to engage and support the needs of the most deprived in our communities. We believe that art and music can be empowering tools and forms of expression for people in all stages of life.

Artcore is a visual arts charity with a group of professional artists working within communities locally, nationally and internationally. We endeavour to operate as a cultural hub; fuelling active engagement for a diverse range of communities in Derby, East Midlands and beyond.Artcore’s long-term objective is to use arts and crafts as a vehicle to strengthen community cohesion, educate, raise awareness and provide a platform for development. Through our work we are committed to bringing change into the lives of people of all ages, abilities, cultural and ethnic backgrounds through creative activities.

Sinfonia Viva is an exceptional Orchestra & ensemble of professional musicians creating exciting, innovative classical & contemporary music performances and ground-breaking opportunities for audiences and participants.

Sinfonia Viva is an exciting ensemble of award-winning musicians with wide-ranging experience of playing at the highest level. Not only do they excel at performing, but many are also specialists in teaching their instrument to the next generations of musicians, leading workshops and working alongside education and community participants on innovative and life-changing projects.

All share the Orchestra’s commitment to bringing orchestral music to life.

Marketing Derby promotes Derby and Derbyshire in order to attract and support investment.

Our aim is to promote Derby city to support and attract investment – to be proactive, make a difference and think “Derby First”