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Photography Festival in Derby from 15th March 2019


Over 50 exhibitions over 20 venues over 30 days

FORMAT 2019 will once again welcome artists from around the world to the historic city of Derby, as it brings new and exciting contemporary photography to the UK for a ninth edition entitled FOREVER//NOW. Founded in 2004, FORMAT has helped place the UK photography scene on the international cultural map, making it a must-attend event.

Jig for A Kiss ; Spital Arts concert on FRiday March 29th

 The next Spital Arts gig will be on Friday March 29th at St. Leonards Church, Valley Road/Hartington Road, Spital, Chesterfield S41 0HA

Doors open at 7.00 p.m. for a 7.30. p.m. start.

If you want to get rid of those Brexit Blues, come and join us for what will be an evening of great music and great fun!

Further information below, and I attach copies of the publicity for the event.

'Rouse Ye Women!' by Townsend Productions

Saturday April 6th at the Congregational Church Hall (off Green Lane) Belper at 7.30pm A free event.  Refreshments available.

There is a special performance of the nationwide tour of 'Rouse Ye Women', a new folk ballad about Mary Macarthur and the women chainmakers in early 20th century Britain.

Growing international relationships one cherry tree at a time

Schools across the county are being urged by Derbyshire County Council to apply to receive a free Sakura Cherry Tree to celebrate the friendship between Japan and the UK.

Cherry Trees for Schools is coordinated by The Japan Society as part of a large nationwide project which aims to donate and plant more than 4,000 Cherry Trees in parks and public spaces in 2020 to mark the Japan-UK Season of Culture between 2019 and 2020.

Casting call invites Derbyshire people to be part of a new artwork for the Museum of Making

A casting call, inviting local people to be part of a new artwork by international artist Red Saunders, has been issued this week from Derby Museums for the new Museum of Making.

Choosing Derby as the location for his latest Hidden Project, photographer Red Saunders will be casting hundreds of people from across the region to be characters in three giant photographic tableaux, featuring historic scenes of innovation and disruption from Derbyshire’s past. 


FORMAT19 is delighted to be working with the University of Derby in presenting the FORMAT19: Conference.

The Welcome Address will be given by Professor Keith McLay, Pro-vice Chancellor and Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities & Education.

15th March 2019


University of Derby Markeaton Street Campus DE22 3AW


TARZANNA: a new aerial theatre show challenging stereotypes for young girls

TARZANNA, a new aerial theatre show challenging stereotypes for
young girls
Originally commissioned by Derby Festé, supported by Déda and funded by Arts Council
England. UK tour: 2nd March - 1st June 2019.
According to a study published in the American periodical Science , by the time they are six, girls
already think that they are less capable than boys. The Gramophones created Tarzanna to tell