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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:

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.

2018 Fringe programme building up!

With a month to go before the final deadline for entries, Buxton Festival Fringe (July 4-22) has nearly 70 acts lined up already with many more to come as the bigger venues finalise their programmes.

The Fringe is open to all and there is still time to take advantage of its early entry discount scheme, which is available until the end of March.

Arts Council England announces new £14.4 million fund to cultivate individual talent

ACE has launched Developing your Creative Practice, a new £14.4m fund specifically designed to support independent creative practitioners. The programme is unlike any other current Arts Council fund, because it will give practitioners time to work on ambitious and innovative projects, without the immediate pressure of showing their work publicly. Recipients will be able to use the funding to support periods of research, to develop new work and ideas, work internationally, and for training, networking or mentoring.

Creative Studio, West Studios, Collaboration with Chesterfield College Art and Design Students: Young Contemporaries 2018

May 2018 brings us a new collective of Chesterfield College Art and Design students, who will form the Young Contemporaries 2018.

In collaboration with the West Studios Tenants Open Studios on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th May, this creative group will host their first contemporary exhibition as professional artists. The group will be exhibiting a combination of work created within their courses alongside personal projects.

Sign up for new summer term of adult education courses

Residents are being invited to sign up to learn something new this summer with our Adult Community Education Service.

Bookings can be made from Monday 19 March 2018 for hundreds of daytime and evening courses and activities on offer this year providing opportunities for people to study for new qualifications or explore new hobbies and interests.

The summer term starts on Monday 9 April 2018 and residents can view the course listings and sign up online.

Virtual school project reaches for the stars

Children and young people of our Virtual School are to take part in a new project inspired by the night sky.

Cromford-based production company Adverse Camber has joined forces with the Virtual School and secured around £40,000 in funding to launch the Stars and Stories project.