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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:

Hubbub Extends Festival Invitation To Local Communities And Appeals For Support

Hubbub, the pioneering Derby-based integrated theatre company, is expanding its  established virtual programme to the wider community with a Summer Festival to ensure more people stay connected and overcome feelings of anxiety and depression in these uncertain times.

Hubbub is an ensemble of learning disabled and non-disabled performers who are recognised as leading the way in the region by creating engaging and accessible physical theatre, using movement and original music to tell human stories.

Restart, revive and renew

Over 200 attendees at yesterday’s online Derby Property Zoommit, heard the Chief Executive of Bondholder Derby City Council, Paul Simpson, outline the ambitions of the city’s Economic Recovery Task Force to restart, revive and renew Derby post-Covid.

Lockdown, Huub and the NHS

Bondholder HUUB has raised £27,500 for NHS Charities Together after customers flocked to buy its special lockdown cycle jersey and technical performance T-shirt.

The company designed and produced the special kit to inspire fitness enthusiasts to continue their regimes - sporting the logo ‘Better In Than Out’ and a cheerful rainbow design - in record turnaround time.

D2N2 wins £44.4m boost

As part of the Government's ’New Deal’ announcement, Bondholder D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership has received a £44.4 million cash boost to fund ‘shovel-ready’ projects to help the local economy and create jobs.

The investment will support economic recovery as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and will be used to improve digital infrastructure, support skills and career opportunities, and help the transition to a low carbon economy.

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.

One week until BIF Digital 2020!

Only one week until the BIF Digital 2020 season begins! 

If you haven't had a chance to look at the programme yet, we have included the full listings below. Each entry is linked to the website event page.

Wathall’s Donates Computers To Local Charities

Family-owned funeral directors, Wathall’s, have donated 12 computers to local charities as part of the company’s community support programme.

The company has forged relationships through ‘A Wathall’s Wish’ with 12 different charities operating in and around the communities in which it has branches – Derby’s St Peters Quarter, Alvaston, Ashbourne, Burton-on-Trent and Borrowash.

The charities have each received £1,000 or equivalent goods and services with an offer of potential further support in the future.

HUUB Community’s Support Raises Thousands For NHS

Derby-based triathlon kit designers HUUB has presented a two metre long cheque to University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust after customers flocked to buy their special lockdown cycle jersey and technical performance T-shirt to raise funds for NHS Charities Together.

The company designed and produced the special kit to inspire fitness enthusiasts to continue their regimes - sporting the logo ‘Better In Than Out’ and a cheerful rainbow design - in record turnaround time. 

Sing Viva Tunes Up For Lockdown Anthem

Members of Sing Viva – the two Derbyshire carers’ choirs set up by Sinfonia Viva, the East Midlands’ professional orchestra – are gearing up to join a series of virtual workshops this summer to write and perform their own lockdown anthem.

The choirs bring together people who care for relatives and friends in various capacities and previously met monthly at venues in Derby and Chesterfield.