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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:

Creative Project Embraces Special Talents

City arts organisations in Derby are working with pupils at special education needs (SEND) schools across Derby on an ambitious multi-media creative project entitled Reimagine.

In the initial stages, the creative team from Derby-based Orchestra Sinfonia Viva has been working with young people from St Giles’ and St Andrew’s schools to write and produce songs on the theme of friendship.

Song about Derbyshire libraries to be written by library users

Young people are being sought to take part in a song writing workshop for Derbyshire libraries.

The project ‘Derbyshire Sings’ is funded by Arts Council England as part of its Lottery Grants programme.

Our library service successfully bid for just over £7,500 so that it could provide an opportunity for existing library customers to be involved in the creation of a song about libraries, and what the library means to them.

From Dance Classes to Derby Book Festival: see Déda’s summer programme!

Déda’s doors are back open and the team is excited to welcome you inside for a summer of dance, events and exhibitions. 

Déda is delighted to reopen its doors to the public, with a warm welcome to all visitors to classes, events, exhibitions and Déda’s café | bar. 

With Covid-19 safety measures in place, including test and trace, increased cleaning and reduced class capacity; Déda is approved with the Government’s ‘We’re Good to Go!’ industry standard. 

Art from Ruth Gray

Based around the High Peak Trail just the section from Middleton Top, down to High Peak Junction I aim to really focus in detail by painting 25 panoramic views of it as if you were walking down it. The High Peak trail was developed fifty years ago and opened fully in 1974 as a public trail. Why am I doing this? Well, it is somewhere I've always loved and is a natural progression from my Derwent Valley Mills work as the railway was a major part of the valley's transport infrastructure.

Straight Curves: June in the loop

We hope you have had a great half term and are ready for the kids to go back tomorrow. We have lots going on at the moment and quite a few courses starting this month both online and in person as we slowly edge towards opening fully from September.

We hope you have been making some time for yourself to get creative as things have started opening up between catching up with friends and family. Don't forget our workshops are great as a day out with friends and we have lots coming up in September at weekends.

Junction Arts 2021: Bring on the summer!

Volunteers Week 2021

We want to say a BIG THANK YOU to all of our volunteers! The donation of their time and skills are vital in making it possible for all people we meet to experience the supportive power and connection being creative gives us.

New: National Forest Society Grants

The National Forest is looking for new ways to support the health and wellbeing of those who live in the National Forest and are pleased to announce a new grant scheme to fund work to achieve this.

Projects supported by the Forest Society grant scheme will encourage new and diverse audiences to get involved with Forest activities, increase participation overall, and will use local woodlands to harness the wellbeing benefits of spending times outdoors and connecting to nature.

Summer at Cromford Mills

Well - Summer is finally here, and we have a mill yard full of sunshine and visitors. Tickets are selling fast for the Outdoor Theatre Weekend and we have more celebrations planned to mark our 250th and 50th anniversaries.

We do hope that we will see you here!

June Events include: