Category: Events

Buxton leads the way for arts in the north

Buxton International Festival’s “special, unique brilliance” is leading the way for the arts in the north of England, the London Evening Standard’s new Associate Editor Julian Glover said on becoming a member of its board of directors.

Julian, a former chief speech writer for David Cameron when he was Prime Minister, will bring his experience in the media and government to bear in planning the future of the Festival as it approaches its 40th anniversary.

The Buxton Spa Prize 2018 Open for Entry

The Buxton Spa Prize is an open art competition celebrating the town’s culture, natural beauty and heritage. Last year the competition attracted more than 150 artists. The aim of The Buxton Spa Prize is to make the town an internationally recognised centre for visual arts.


Soprano Margaret Keys will open Belper Arts Festival with a special concert featuring guests the Fishpond Choir and Bel Canto on 5 May at St. Peter's Church, Belper.

The concert begins a month of art, drama, music, comedy, photography and creativity.


Inbetween appearing with Michael Crawford and Russell Watson, Irish soprano Margaret Keys will be opening Belper Arts Festival with a special concert. George Gunby caught up with Margaret on a rare day off.

Indietracks Festival

We’re really pleased to announce that Amber Arcades, Gwenno, Spinning Coin, Tigercats, Colour Me Wednesday and Tinsel Heart are among 24 artists and DJs added to the Indietracks 2018 line up today.

They’ll join artists we’ve already announced for this year’s festival, including British Sea Power, Honeyblood, The Lovely Eggs, Dream Wife, Girl Ray, Sacred Paws, Darren Hayman, Even As We Speak and Anna Burch.

Monty Python’s Spamalot

As part of a major nine month tour, Derby Theatre is thrilled to present Selladoor Prod uctions and Mercury Theatre Colchester’s brand new, even SPAMMIER, production of Monty Python’s Spamalot as part of their spring 2018 season. Lovingly ripped off from the hugely successful 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot is a riotous comedy full of misfit knights, killer rabbits, dancing nuns and ferocious Frenchmen.

Little Mermaid Circus Sensation

 Spectacular circus and spellbinding songs combine in this extraordinary new adaptation from the award-winning Metta Theatre. With awe-inspiring acrobatics and hauntingly beautiful original songs this is a show for the whole family to enjoy. 


Do you know the stories of the local women who fought for your vote? The women who used their experience of fighting for workers' rights to help galvanise women across the country? It's time we put them on the map. Come and help us do this as part of NOT WORDS, an HLF funded project which uncovers Derbyshire women and their stories.


'In the Mood'

Good mood?  Bad mood? Just plain moody?   How can we show it in prose or poetry?


Chesterfield Library


'First  Tuesday' Meetings are held between 2 pm and 4pm every month except August and are suitable for anyone  who is interested in discussing and undertaking practical exercises in creative writing - prose or poetry


They are held in the Meeting Room Lower Ground Floor - Next to 'Browser' Cafe 


No booking necessary- just turn up

Buxton relives death-defying stunts on the silver screen

Death-defying stunts including driving a car down a busy shopping street blindfolded and a man hanging in a straitjacket from a burning rope will feature in rarely-seen archive film at a special event organised by The Friends of Buxton International Festival.

The British Pathé newsreels are part of the Friends’ recreation of the golden years of Hollywood where the audience will be greeted with a red carpet reception at Britain’s best example of an Art Deco cinema.


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