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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:

Matlock Music

The first concert of the new season will be next Friday 28th September. It will be by the Bulgarian pianist Cristian Sandrin. 

The concert will as usual be at 7 30 at the Wheeldon Hall, Highfields School, Lumsdale, Matlock.

Admission £12 at the door or £48 for the season.

September Shenanigans!

Hope you all had a fantastic summer and are looking forward to all things autumnal! We would like to think we can help with the transition.
We are preparing to open the doors for our monthly jamboree between the 21st - 23rd  so come and get your fix of Designate! It is also a chance for us to showcase the venue as a beautiful and versatile space to hire.


The Importance of Digging Holes: The Great War and More by “Harp & A Monkey”

Harp & A Monkey, the award-winning electro-folk music and storytelling trio, is performing “The Importance of Digging Holes”, to mark the ongoing centenary of the First World War. The show features both original songs and re-workings of traditional tunes of the day. The band strives to challenge stereotypes of the conflict, and focuses heavily on forgotten aspects of the war (from the horror of being a postman, to the role of musicians) and also on the forgotten men - those ex-servicemen who came home, and their families.

Join us for the Revolution!

We're counting down to The (not so) Quiet Revolution of Kindness which premieres at Derby Festé on Saturday 29 September
Inspired by the Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) movement, our show makes a bold statement about how we can change our own lives and others’ lives through small gestures of kindness.

FREE Rapper Sword Workshop

October 4th 2018 

Times:  Arrivals from 4.30. Sessions starts at 5pm ends 6.30pm

Venue: Guildhall Club Rooms Derby Market place.

To reserve places contact or 07446343114

As an extra bonus, those booking places will be eligible for reduced priced (£4 plus £1 booking fee) tickets for: 

Derby LIVE concert Thurs Oct 4th

The Rising Will Leave Audiences Awestruck

Déda presents a dynamic piece of contemporary dance with a live score inspired by Fijian culture.
Join Heather Walrond Company at Déda for an uplifting, visceral double bill of dance and live music exploring what makes people feel truly alive! The Rising draws on influences of Fijian culture, ideas of community, vulnerability and feelings of surrender.
Featuring originally composed music by multi award-winning musicians Will McNicol and Luke Selby, dramaturgy by Chris Fogg and lighting design by Tim Hardy, experience this dazzling display of raw energy, passion and vigour.

Lost explorer's archive to be revealed

The archive of a fabled arctic explorer from the East Midlands who disappeared 170 years ago is to be rediscovered thanks to our £25,000 grant.

Important papers relating to Sir John Franklin, who led the ships HMS Erebus and HMS Terror to discover the Northwest Passage are to be brought to life by our Record Office in Matlock following the grant from Archives Revealed.

Franklin’s ships set off in 1845 with 129 men on board.  After two years of no contact, many expeditions were sent out to find them.

Derby Festé is Back

The countdown is on for the return of the annual Derby Festé on Thursday 27, Friday 28 and Saturday 29 September when more than 30,000 people are expected to turn out to the city streets to enjoy a feast of free entertainment.

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The line-up will include 22 UK and international companies performing in the city centre as part of their world-wide festival season.