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The latest news from producers, makers, venues and events organisers from around Derby and Derbyshire. If you have news to add to this page, then email us to let us know about it:

New Buxton Festival Dates for 2021

Buxton International Festival is pleased to announce the opera and musical theatre programme for the 2021 Festival. The dates for 2021 have now been confirmed as:

Thursday 8th July – Sunday 25th July 2021

La donna del Lago

Music by Giochino Rossini, libretto by Andrea Leone Tortola
Adrian Kelly, Conductor
Jacopo Spirei, Director
Madeleine Boyd, Designer
Ben Pickersgill, Lighting Designer

Viva La Diva

Music by Gaetano Donizetti

Just one award but plenty to applaud!

First time Fringe chair Stephen Walker has summed up this year’s extraordinary Buxton Festival Fringe in a heartfelt blog that includes the announcement of one formal award and a number of Picks of the Lockdown Fringe.

Another small commission opportunity from Black Shale

We write to tell you of a small (£1,200) commission to offer artists,
creatives and practitioners who are keen to explore how we can
develop audiences in new ways at a school setting through the theme
of connectivity through 3D artforms.

We especially welcome Black Shale members and/or practitioners
who are based in Amber Valley and Bolsover.

If this is you - we would absolutely love to hear from you!

Novelist Sophie Draper, author of Cuckoo and Magpie, will be offering a series of online writing workshops

Novelist Sophie Draper, author of Cuckoo and Magpie, will be offering a series of online writing workshops for LoveLit this autumn starting with Writing Psychological Thrillers on Saturday 5th September 10.30 am to 12 noon. Tickets are priced at £12, to find out more and book please visit

Enjoy Derby Folk Festival in your own home

Just before lockdown began, Derby LIVE announced that the Derby Folk Festival would be back for October 2020 with many artists playing in multiple venues across the city.

However, due to Covid-19 and the continued restrictions on staging events, the festival cannot go ahead as planned in a way which is safe for audiences, musicians and crew.

There's still time to make your event part of the New Mills Festival

There's still time to make your event part of the New Mills Festival this year.

Have you got an idea for something that could help the community get creative? Or a way to bring people together to build something, even whilst we're 2 metres apart?

We've got some fabulous things lined up to provide some much needed fun and entertainment this September. We're sure that you creative and inventive folks have got even more ideas up your sleeves, so get your thinking caps on and send in your ideas.

Two workshops from Alex Davis in August

Tuesday, 4th August, 6:30pm-8:00pm Getting Short Stories Published 'Pay What You Like' online workshop, via Google Meet Short stories present a great way for authors to get their first publication, and many well-established writers found their first break in the field. This workshop will explore the key elements to getting your work accepted, including the research process, submission guidelines, response tracking and much more.

Funding update for organisations and individuals

Today we’re publishing guidance for the Culture Recovery Fund: Grants programme, and we wanted to make sure you were in the know about this fund.
This fund forms part of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s (DCMS) wider Culture Recovery Fund of £1.57 billion, set up to protect the UK’s culture and heritage sectors from the economic impacts of Covid-19.