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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:

Rangers’ Return Marks Launch of St Peters Quarter BID

The two St Peters Quarter Rangers will return to the area this week (w/c April 3) in the first stage of the St Peters Quarter Business Improvement District (BID) five-year programme.

Nikki Matthews and Dave Wilson were a familiar sight in the area during the previous St Peters Quarter BID programme but were one of the many services that were lost when the BID finished last September.

Following a successful re-ballot of local businesses, the new BID officially started on April 1 and the Rangers have been re-appointed by the BID Board.

Derbyshire Playwright Returns to London Stage

An award-winning Derbyshire playwright, who teaches Creative Writing at Derby College, is returning to the London stage with a new play exploring the broken lives of five prison inmates.

Tina Jay from West Hallam has adapted two of her previous short plays ‘Walking’ - which won the Kenneth Branagh Award for drama writing - and ‘Dog City’ to create ‘Held’. 

Cricketing Students Gear Up For National Finals

Members of the Andrew Flintoff Cricket Academy based at Derby College’s Broomfield campus have reach the national finals of a colleges’ indoor cricket competition.

The team recently won the East Midlands AoC Sport (Association of College’s) regional competition which was hosted by Derby College.

Exhibition by members of The Chesterfield Art Club.

Exhibition by members of The Chesterfield Art Club.

Sunday 30th April 11 am to 4 pm. Monday 1st May 10 am to 4.30

@ Ashover Village Hall, Milken Lane, S45 0BA.

Monday coincides with the Ashover  Village Festival.

Contact Julie  Nixon 01246 237291


Festival and Events Artist Commission

People Express, a participatory arts organisation working in and across South Derbyshire are looking to commission an artist(s) for the following events:

Festival of Transport- Sunday 14 May 2017

Swadlincote’s annual transport festival attracts audiences of 3000. It is a free family event with classic cars, vans, motorcycles, trucks, etc taking over the whole of the town for one day.

Event Theme: Transport


National Playday- Wednesday 2nd August 2017

In Tents and Purposes

In Tents and Purposes

Performed by Alys Metcalf and Roxy Dunn

Thu 4 May, 7:30pm

Derby LIVE’s Guildhall Theatre


Derby LIVE is proud to announce that In Tents and Purposes starring Alys Metcalf and Roxy Dunn, will be visiting the Derby LIVE’s Guildhall Theatre.

A symposium about Harold Pinter and his work

Derby Theatre Upper Foyer

Thursday 23 March, 5.30pm – 7pm

FREE of charge 


As part of Derby Theatre’s Unwrapped programme, a free scheme which enables audiences to gain a more in-depth look into the theatre-making process, the Theatre will host Pinter Unwrapped, a symposium to discuss the works of Harold Pinter, on Thursday 23 March from 5.30pm until 7pm.  


Derby LIVE is pleased to announce that Oysterband will be joining this year’s Derby Folk Festival as the headline evening act for Friday 6 October

Derby Folk Festival is jointly produced by Derby City Council’s Derby LIVE and Derbyshire-based PR Promotions.

Oysterband’s appearance at this year’s festival will be part of their 40th Celebration Special, with the band performing classic songs from every era of their long and mighty career.