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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:

‘MEAT AND GREET’ in intu this Saturday from 11am until midday

Derby Theatre Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 May

A brand new dino-mite adventure perfect for ages 3+ and their families

On Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 May, Derby Theatre will dare to welcome some prehistoric visitors to the venue when they play host to Dinosaur World, an exciting new interactive show for the whole family.


The Beat Generation Les Dawson

            The best ideas often occur in a pub. So don't be surprised that it was in Belper's 'Black Swan' that someone said “Why don't you get Ian McMillan for the Arts Festival?” A few emails later and Ian, along with musician Luke Carver Goss were booked for 12 May 2017.

The Hannells Darley Park Concert

Derby City Council is pleased to announce that Hannells will be the headline sponsor for this year’s Darley Park Concert. The Concert will be taking place on Sunday 3 September in the stunning natural amphitheatre of Darley Park.

Matlock Photographer of the Year

Photo credit: Lumsdale Falls 2017 by Peter Keeble, Matlock Photographer of the Year.

The Mayor of Matlock Cllr Brian Smith presented the award for the Matlock Photographer of the Year to Peter Keeble at the Annual Town Meeting on Monday 8th May.

Matlock Photographer of the Year was introduced in 2011 by Matlock Town Council and invites residents and visitors to submit photographs on a theme chosen by Councillors each year.


Company Chameleon and Déda take dance to mental health patients in hospital in Derby.

On Friday 19th May, patients at the Radbourne Unit, a mental health care unit in Derby, can look forward to a visit from touring dance theatre company, Company Chameleon. The Manchester-based Company, which tours the world performing, is visiting the unit to perform and deliver a dance workshop.

Mucky hands - smiling faces. Spring into recovery with allotment project

Spring is in the air and local organisation, Wash Arts CIC has announced its new series of exciting sessions for its community based gardening scheme hosted at the Arena Community Allotment on Heanor Road, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, DE7 8DY.

'Horti- Culture’, a way of encouraging locals to have a go at growing their own fruit and veg' at a nearby Ilkeston allotment, is ready for the next influx of participants.

Buxton International Festival makes the Times top 50

Buxton International Festival has been named as one of 2017’s top 50 must-see events around the globe by music critics at The Times.

The Festival, from July 7 to 23, now ranks alongside Glastonbury, Barcelona’s Primavera Sound and Edinburgh International Festival, according to the newspaper.

“Centred on Frank Matcham’s jewel-like Opera House, the Festival honours its commitment to rare works with Mozart’s early Lucio Silla and Verdi’s first thoughts on Macbeth, presented in its original 1847 incarnation,” its Review supplement reported.

Call Mr Robeson. A Life with Songs. 13 May in Crich

Written and Performed by Tayo Aluko, With Live Piano Accompaniment

a “Live & Local” show at Crich Glebe Field Centre

on Saturday 13th May 2017 – 7:30 pm

“They say I’m meddling in the foreign affairs of the United States Government. Now, that’s too bad, ‘cause I’m going to have to continue to meddle...”

Art Fund award for museum and art gallery

Collections at Buxton Museum and Art Gallery are set to get a boost after an Art Fund grant of £40,000.

It will be invested in the museum's collection of paintings and artefacts relating to Derbyshire in the 18th and 19th centuries. 

Do you know anyone who is living with dementia?

Please find below information about the forthcoming Matinée dementia friendly film screenings, for people with a dementia and their family, friend or carer:

  • Show Boat - May 15th in Belper to celebrate Dementia Awareness Week


  • Breakfast at Tiffany's - May 24th in Long Eaton