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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:

This is Normanton – a new exhibition to celebrate Derby suburb

The launch of the This is Normanton exhibition will take place on Saturday 10 March at Pickford’s House, Derby at 1.45pm with speeches starting at 2pm.

This is Normanton is a local history project that explores the changing landscape of Normanton Road and Pear Tree Road in Derby from the 1960’s to present day. This exhibition has been co-curated with volunteers and members of the local community.

Exile Music Festival

This year, Exile Music Festival is opening its Sunday afternoon stage to young performers. “Exile Introduces” is their new initiative to showcase promising young artistes.
Ted Morris, one of the Festival Organisers commented that “Derbyshire and the surrounding area has a wealth of young talent, its sometimes quite difficult for young bands to get noticed. We hope that Exile Introduces will go some way to helping these bands get the promotion and bookings they deserve.”

New Mills Festival Spring Update

IT MIGHT BE COLD OUTSIDE....but here at New Mills Festival, we're looking forward to Spring, Summer and, most importantly, Autumn with plans for the Festival Fringe well underway.   

Also in this update, details of an exciting gig taking place on 7 April 2018, Mr Wilson's Second Liners, and the return of the One World Festival in July. There's a lot to look forward to in 2018. 

Writing East Midlands Writer Call Out

Writing East Midlands (WEM) is working in partnership with High Peak Community Arts on an exciting new residency project taking place May/ June 2018.  We are looking to place a female writer in a Women’s Family Centre and Recovery Unit in Buxton to deliver 5 creative writing  workshops to survivors of domestic violence, homeless women, those recovering from drug and alcohol dependency, and other women in the community.  Some of the participants will be resident at Charis House or Oldfield Farm (Good News Family Care), some will be living in the community.  We will work directly with approxi

Vital Valley Creative Producer

Vital Valley is a programme designed to inspire and enable people to have a sense of pride in and belonging to the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site (DVMWHS). Building on the success of previous arts interventions along and within the DVMWHS, we are now seeking to commission a Creative Producer to deliver a multi-faceted arts project to run throughout the three years of the Vital Valley Scheme.

Chapel Arts announces competition winner!

Chapel Arts has announced the winner of its 3rd Annual Writing Competition, Stephanie Billen from Buxton.

The prose competition allowed a maximum of 1000 words with budding authors given the title of Invisible Friends. Winner Stephanie, who will receive a small prize and be published on the Chapel Arts website, took her inspiration from social media, creating a story praised by local judge and competition sponsor, author Dr Mark P Henderson, as  “a highly original piece, beautifully paced, and well-nigh perfect in style and mechanics”.

Bakewell’s 16th International Day of Dance

 The Bakewell International Day of Dance has gone from strength to strength and is now celebrating its 16th year - on Saturday 30th June 2018.   For one day every year, the picturesque town of Bakewell hosts a stunning celebration of world music and dance, heralding the start of Bakewell Carnival Week.  On the same day as the Farmers Market and with local well dressings on show, it is a day out not to miss, so join the several thousand people who travel from  around the country to enjoy the dancing, colour and fun. 

Adventure photographer John Beatty at BAF – April 2018

GLOBALLY renowned travel, wildlife and adventure photographer John Beatty will headline the Lowepro Buxton Adventure Festival on Wednesday, 11th April 2018.

He has explored 38 countries over the past 29 years in pursuit of stories and photos that have enthralled audiences at international film festivals and received accolades from the media, public and leading brands in the photographic industry.