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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:

Derby success at Dubai Airshow

The Emirates Airline has signed a purchase agreement for 50 Airbus A350 jets at the Dubai Airshow, exclusively powered by Bondholder Rolls-Royce’s Trent XWB engines, designed and built in Derby, in a total deal estimated at $16 billion.

A neighbourly nudge to lift community spirits

‘Spread more neighbourly cheer’ is the latest message from local friendship group, Derbyshire Peak Oddfellows, as it shares its top five tips to keep community spirits high this festive season.

The advice comes on the back of Campaign to End Loneliness’ Be More Us initiative, which reports that almost half of UK adults say that their busy lives prevent them from connecting with other people.

11.2% growth in MD's first year at The Derby Conference Centre

Matthew Hutchings has celebrated his first anniversary as Managing Director of The Derby Conference Centre - one of the leading events and conference venues in the East Midlands. His first year in charge has marked some big changes at the Conference Centre, with Hutchings’ leadership taking the venue from strength to strength.

Local Fundraiser Completes Ultimate Challenge For Safe and Sound

A Derby charity fundraiser has successfully completed his ultimate challenge to raise money for local charity Safe and Sound’s Butterfly Appeal.

Simon Barcz from Oakwood has raised more than £4,500 on top of the thousands he has already secured for Derby-based Safe and Sound which specialises in grassroots work across the county to transform the lives of children and young people who are victims of or at risk of child sexual exploitation (CSE).

Silent Auction Supports Déda Community Engagement

Acclaimed artist David Manley has donated one of his land and seascape-inspired paintings for a silent auction to support the community engagement programme at Déda – the city-based organisation that aims to enrich people’s lives through dance and the arts.

The 15” by 12” painting entitled ‘Cape Poem’ was recently on display as part of the ‘A Riotous Assembly’ exhibition at Déda in Chapel Street and would usually sell for around £120.

Invictus Communications Showcases Local Fayre For Festive Customer Treat

Telecommunications specialists Invictus Communications will reinforce its ethos of ‘buy local, sell local and support local’ by treating customers to a special hamper brimming with fayre produced by fellow local businesses this Christmas.

Twelve lucky customers will receive bottles of Melbourne water and gin produced by the Highfield Drinks Group and a platter of doughnuts from Project D.

Both companies are based close to Invictus’ Castle Donington offices and managing director Jonny McPhee’s Melbourne home.

Bestselling author to visit the city to mark the opening of Normanton Library

Normanton Library which is to be based at St Augustine’s Community Centre opens on 27 November 2019. There will be a series of opening events spread over four days to showcase what the new library can offer.

Authors, storytellers and face painters as well as an exciting ‘CSI Whodunit Event’ where people can join the fun and solve the burglary in the library using forensic science are all on the line-up.

Current exhibition  - Winter Show. Call for Artists submissions.

Hope you are enjoying the recent brighter weather and keeping snug and warm as the Winter months approach. I’m writing to update you with information about our Winter Show and share with you other news, forthcoming events/exhibitions and workshops.

We’ve enjoyed a great start to our Winter Show, which ends on the 22nd December and has another 4 weeks to run.

Super-Powering Girls and their Grannies

Super-Powering Girls and their Grannies

We are excited to announce that we have received almost £60,000 from Arts Council England and the Lottery’s AWA fund to mount a ground-breaking new aerial theatre show for families. Aidy the Awesome is an aerial theatre show about 8 year-old Aidy who discovers she is a superhero after her grandmother tells her a secret- all women in their family have super powers.