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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:

"Furthest from the Sea Music, Comedy & Arts receive major Arts Council England boost

Derbyshire based Furthest From The Sea Music, Comedy and Arts CIC are delighted to announce we have been awarded our first Grants for the Arts Award from Arts Council England. This grant will support this year’s ‘Furthest From The Sea’ Festival, taking place across the Cathedral Quarter, Derby on Saturday 17th June from 11am till 4pm. 

Established in 2013, The Furthest From The Sea Festival is a one day free family festival showcasing and celebrating the diverse Derbyshire arts scene, pairing home-grown emerging talent with established artists living and working in the region. 

Don’t Miss Out on Top Choir Event at Sutton-in-Ashfield

Each year the National Association of Choirs (East Midlands Region) stage a major concert and this year Mansfield & District Male Voice Choir are privileged to host this wonderful event.

Five excellent and contrasting choirs will be taking to the stage: ‘Erewash Phoenix Choir’, ‘Pye Hill and District Male Voice Choir’, ‘The Gentlemen’, ‘Sonara Singers’ and of course ‘Mansfield and District Male Voice Choir’. All choirs are highly regarded in their local communities and further afield!

‘MEAT AND GREET’ in intu this Saturday from 11am until midday

Derby Theatre Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 May

A brand new dino-mite adventure perfect for ages 3+ and their families

On Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 May, Derby Theatre will dare to welcome some prehistoric visitors to the venue when they play host to Dinosaur World, an exciting new interactive show for the whole family.


The Beat Generation Les Dawson

            The best ideas often occur in a pub. So don't be surprised that it was in Belper's 'Black Swan' that someone said “Why don't you get Ian McMillan for the Arts Festival?” A few emails later and Ian, along with musician Luke Carver Goss were booked for 12 May 2017.

The Hannells Darley Park Concert

Derby City Council is pleased to announce that Hannells will be the headline sponsor for this year’s Darley Park Concert. The Concert will be taking place on Sunday 3 September in the stunning natural amphitheatre of Darley Park.

Matlock Photographer of the Year

Photo credit: Lumsdale Falls 2017 by Peter Keeble, Matlock Photographer of the Year.

The Mayor of Matlock Cllr Brian Smith presented the award for the Matlock Photographer of the Year to Peter Keeble at the Annual Town Meeting on Monday 8th May.

Matlock Photographer of the Year was introduced in 2011 by Matlock Town Council and invites residents and visitors to submit photographs on a theme chosen by Councillors each year.


Company Chameleon and Déda take dance to mental health patients in hospital in Derby.

On Friday 19th May, patients at the Radbourne Unit, a mental health care unit in Derby, can look forward to a visit from touring dance theatre company, Company Chameleon. The Manchester-based Company, which tours the world performing, is visiting the unit to perform and deliver a dance workshop.

Mucky hands - smiling faces. Spring into recovery with allotment project

Spring is in the air and local organisation, Wash Arts CIC has announced its new series of exciting sessions for its community based gardening scheme hosted at the Arena Community Allotment on Heanor Road, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, DE7 8DY.

'Horti- Culture’, a way of encouraging locals to have a go at growing their own fruit and veg' at a nearby Ilkeston allotment, is ready for the next influx of participants.

Buxton International Festival makes the Times top 50

Buxton International Festival has been named as one of 2017’s top 50 must-see events around the globe by music critics at The Times.

The Festival, from July 7 to 23, now ranks alongside Glastonbury, Barcelona’s Primavera Sound and Edinburgh International Festival, according to the newspaper.

“Centred on Frank Matcham’s jewel-like Opera House, the Festival honours its commitment to rare works with Mozart’s early Lucio Silla and Verdi’s first thoughts on Macbeth, presented in its original 1847 incarnation,” its Review supplement reported.