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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:


Organised by Chaddesden Partnership Group in association with Derby LIVE, The BIG 1 at Chaddesden Park returns on Sunday 4 June, with all the family favourites that guarantee a great day out for everyone.

The park will be filled with stalls selling books, sweets, crafts and jewellery and those handing out information about a number of different groups and charities, including Derbyshire Fire Service and Police. 

Over 80 Fringe Acts Already Entered!

With still five weeks to go before the final deadline for entries, the Fringe already has over 80 fantastic acts signed up and there is still time to take advantage of an early entry discount, which is available until the end of March.

New Mills Festival Launches Call For Visual Arts 2017

New Mills Festival is delighted to invite submissions from artists to take part in a two-week long Art Trail. The Trail forms part of New Mills Festival which takes place across the town from the 8th to the 24th September 2017. Submissions open on 12th March 2017 and close on midnight 7th May 2017.

Americana duo Hungrytown to perform in Buxton

The Green Man Gallery presents the internationally-acclaimed American folk duo Hungrytown, who are currently on their 2017 Further West Tour of the UK. How is the UK west of the US? Their tour started in January in Florida, went through the American south to California, continued onto New Zealand and will be here through April before returning to the US, heading west the whole time.

Gangsta Granny is coming to Buxton Opera House Wednesday 12 to Sunday 16 April

Watch out! The cabbage-crunching, criminal master-mind, Gangsta Granny is coming to Buxton Opera House

Birmingham Stage Company, the acclaimed producers of Horrible Histories, George’s  Marvellous Medicine and Tom’s Midnight Garden, are bringing their world premiere of David Walliams’ Gangsta Granny to Buxton Opera House from Wednesday 12 to Sunday 16 April.

Celebrate Earth Hour at the Unitarian Chapel on Short Row, Belper, on Saturday 25 March, 8.30pm to 9.30pm

Doors open at 7.30pm to refreshments, when Ravenoak Recorders will be playing as guests arrive.  

The Earth Hour performance begins with the beautiful voice of Folk singer Sue MacFarlane. She is followed by Future Music's grand finalist Lucy Milford, a local singer/songwriter. The evening concludes with Belper contemporary composer James Oldrini, with his string quartet, plus special guest. The chapel seats only around 100 people, so early arrival is advised as the event is not ticketed.

Matched crowdfunding for arts and heritage: Second phase of the Nesta pilot

For the past five months Nesta has been running a pilot programme to see if matched crowdfunding - that is funding bodies combining grant funding with multiple financial contributions from the crowd - can stimulate exciting and dynamic new projects in the arts and heritage sectors. 

In the second phase of the programme Nesta will be testing a larger funding contribution from both ACE and HLF for projects, to examine what impact this has on the demand for programmes and their ability to raise funds from the crowd. 

Networking Events for BLACK* artists

The Women’s Community Forum is organizing a series of 5 events bringing together Black and Minority Ethnic and Refugee artists from across the UK in March/April 2017.

We are also in the process of collating a catalogue of BLACK* artists for inclusion in the re-designed The Women’s Community Forum website available end of March 2017.

The networking event will allow us to get to know each other, share ideas, identify and express our needs.