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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:

Quarry firm Longcliffe takes the drama out of Theatre Company’s dilemma

One corner of quarry firm Longcliffe’s Peak District operation is now home to a bit of darkest Peru after the company came to the rescue when Buxton International Festival needed space to store its stage props.

Peruvian flags from the 2018 production of Alzira, set in the South American country, chairs and tables, scenery and other theatre equipment which can be recycled now have a home in a secure container at Longcliffe’s Brassington site.

There is still time to be part of FORMAT19

FORMAT International Photography Festival are receiving open call submissions from countries across all the world's continents. The FORMAT team are really excited to see such an international response and diverse interpretations of the festival theme FOREVER//NOW.

FORMAT are sharing many of the submissions on our Instagram feed so please have a look at some of the amazing work that is coming in.

Graduating Students Become Part of the Furniture at Déda

Students who have graduated from the University of Derby BA Hons Dance degree – based at regional dance house Déda in Derby’s Cathedral Quarter - have been honoured with a seat plaque at the venue’s theatre.

The Dance degree was launched by the University and Déda in September 2014 and is the only one in the country to be based at a dance house with access to work experience at this and other arts partners’ venues.

The Derby Conference Centre welcomes new Wedding & Events Coordinator to help arrange the perfect day

By popular demand, The Derby Conference Centre is once again offering weddings as part of their event services. In order to keep pace with this demand, the Centre has announced the arrival of a new Wedding & Events Coordinator, Jessica Wood.

Jessica will be heavily involved in generating enquiries and planning weddings at The Derby Conference Centre, meeting with prospective couples to ensure their service meets and exceeds their expectations. Jessica expressed:

Higher Achievements at Derby College

Derby College is celebrating an increase in the A-level pass rate and in the number of students achieving higher grades A* to B.

A record 32% of A level students at the college's Joseph Wright sixth form centre gained the higher grades and the overall pass rate was just over 97% - up 1% on last year. Points per entry has also increased to 29.5 compared with 27.5 last year.

Of the 23 subjects taken, 15 report 100% pass rate including sociology, chemistry, law, English language, film studies and media.

Mumpers Autumn Barn Dance

Mumpers Ceilidhs present live music by The Jam and Crumpet Band with caller Jake Wood. Experienced dancers and newcomers are all welcome to join us for this evening of music and dancing.

7.30 - 11.00. Tickets £10 on the door, £8 for students and tickets booked before 8th October. Multibuy 6 for 5 @ £8 in advance. Accompanied children free.

Spondon Village Hall, Sitwell Street, Derby, Derbyshire DE21 7FG

Sat 13 Oct 2018

Contact telephone: 01332753757

Current talks with a focus on Art and History

Every Picture Tells a Story

Insights are sought into life in nineteenth century Britain as seen through Victorian narrative art. The period before the advent of photography has been described as the golden age of narrative art. Themes include Home Sweet Home, Faith, Women, Death, Childhood, Poverty and ‘Victorians on the move.’

Art of Derbyshire

Open Heritage Weekend-Derby-September 2018

The OPEN CENTRE in Normanton is impressive in their work developing greater understanding and respect between different faiths and communities in Derby. Amongst their activities, thousands of children experience their Faith Trails every year.


The Open Heritage Weekend 2018 offers these rare opportunities to all ages…


Friday 7 September 2018…2.00-3.30pm…Free Tour of New Normanton



There’s been plenty of excitement in Markeaton Park Craft Village this summer as Derby LIVE’s Outdoor Theatre and Cinema season returned along with the hot weather! Derby LIVE and Derby Parks brought thrilling shows from Oddsocks Productions, Babbling Vagabonds and Squashbox Theatre, as well as showings of classic films, all in the beautiful surroundings of Markeaton Park.