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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:

Buxton Opera House & Pavilion Arts Centre Announced as East Midlands Regional Winner for My Theatre Matters! Most Welcoming Theatre Award 2015 in Association with Smooth Radio

Buxton Opera House & Pavilion Art Centre has been voted the ‘Most Welcoming Theatre in the East Midlands’ it has been announced today. Out of 256 theatres that signed up to take part in My Theatre Matters! Most Welcoming Theatre Award 2015 in Association with Smooth Radio, Buxton Opera House has been confirmed as one of the 12 regional winners.


Double Awards Success for Belper Station Mosaic and Art Gallery

Transition Belper’s wonderful Station Mosaic and Art Gallery collected two top awards at this year’s Community Rail Awards.  The first was in the category of best community art scheme for the new station mosaic and artwork, a year long project developed by Transition Belper working with four local schools and hundreds of members of the local community.  The project also won best community rail photo, taken by local photographer Ashley Franklin.


India Visit Marks Start of International Arts Project

A group from Derby will visit Vadodara in India next week to discuss how artists in the two cities can work together to produce new and innovative work.

Representatives from regional dance house Déda, Normanton-based visual arts charity Artcore and the University of Derby will head to India on Saturday October 17 for a ten-day visit with counterparts in Vadodara.

They aim to link together visual and dance artists in Derby and India’s fastest growing city to create work that would be exhibited and performed in both cities.

Street Entertainment Continues in Derby’s Cathedral Quarter

CQ Saturdays Knickerbocker Glorious, Derby’s premier outdoor variety showcase, returns to the Cathedral Quarter on Saturday October 17 with a great line up of free entertainment.

CQ Saturdays Knickerbocker Glorious takes place between 11am and 3pm at The Waterfall Stage in the Market Place.

The line-up will include the Ripley Green Garters Morris Dancing Troupe who will make their CQ Saturdays debut.  Also performing will be Belper singer/songwriter Amy Illingworth and a special preview of Streetlight Theatre Arts ‘American Idiot’.

Event Encourages More Females into Engineering Careers

Derby College has teamed up with Rolls-Royce plc to organise an event to raise the profile of career opportunities in Engineering for females.

An information evening will be held in the Engineering Academy at Derby College’s Roundhouse campus in Pride Park on Wednesday October 21 between 5.30pm and 7.30pm.

In addition to a range of workshop activities, there will be an opportunity for females of all ages who are interested in engineering to talk to female engineers from Rolls-Royce.

Live & Local – Surprising Shows in Surprising Places

Ashley Hutchings, the Guv’nor of Folk-Rock and founder of Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span and The Albion Band will be in Doveridge on Saturday 10th October.

In his show,  ‘From Psychedelia to Sonnets, Ashley Hutchings will be recounting his life in the world of Folk-Rock, with song lyrics, poetry and more, from his book ‘Words, Words’ Words’.  He will be supported by guest female singers/musicians, to complete a great evening’s entertainment.



The annual Bolsover District Festival of Brass is set to take place on Sunday October 4th, and it will be broadcast live all over the globe for the first time in its history. First Art has teamed up with Bolsover District Council to offer an all-day live web-stream of the event as it happens, featuring live music and interviews with musicians.

This Girl CAN Dive Taster Event

Women and girls aged 12 and above are being invited to try scuba and snorkelling at a free taster day on Saturday October 31 at Lonsdale Pool in Mickleover, Derby.

There are 100 places available for the afternoon’s series of 15 minute sessions and more than half the places have already been taken with ages ranging from 12 to 72.

Stage and Screen Favourites Line Up To See Out The Year

Celebrated regional orchestra Sinfonia Viva has announced the programme for its annual New Year’s Eve Gala Concert at the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham.


Hollywood and Broadway will come to Nottingham on Thursday December 31 as the early evening concert transports the audience to the red carpet world of box-office smash musicals, all-time favourite movie themes and classic film songs.