Derby Festé unveils showcase performances

Tickets are now on sale for two special performances at this year’s Derby Festé on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 September 2019.

Dutch company, Close-Act Theatre, will make a welcome return to Festé on both evenings.

‘Malaya’ is a magnificent interactive street theatre production that will transform Bass’ Recreation Ground into a futuristic journey in time on Saturday evening.

‘Malaya’ originates from the language of the Inca’s which means 'destination'. Silver creatures guide the audience into a mythical dream world of grotesque images, fire, light and sounds. Huge birds fly around and where stilt- walkers chase each other with fire surrounded by giant metal carts with an imposing helium balloon looming overhead.

To whet the appetite for the production, Close-Act will give visitors a sneak preview of the magnificent giant characters on Friday evening as they parade through the St Peters Quarter and Cathedral Quarter free of charge – finishing in the Market Place at 9pm.

Meanwhile award-winning Catalan circus company Los Galindos will perform ‘UduL’ in a small yurt erected on Cathedral Green with four one-hour shows – afternoon and early evening - across both days.

The four-strong cast portray a range of emotional and physical confrontations through circus-style acrobatics, trapeze and contemporary dance with the 90-strong audience seated around the centre stage.

The theme of Derby Festé this year is ‘Space, Moon & Tides’ and all the other performances are free of charge.

‘Museum of the Moon’ by UK artist Luke Jerram and will be installed in Bondholder Derby Cathedral for visitors to enjoy in the run up to and throughout Derby Festé. The installation is a fusion of lunar imagery, moonlight and surround sound composition created by award-winning composer Dan Jones.

Derby Festé is produced and presented by Bondholders Déda, Derby LIVE, QUAD and Derby Theatre in association with the Without Walls Touring Network Partnership – a project that takes world-class UK outdoor arts to parks, square and high streets across England.

It is funded by Arts Council England and Bondholder Derby City Council with sponsorship from Bondholders Derby Cathedral, University of Derby, Cathedral Quarter and Intu Derby.

Tickets for both ‘Malaya’ and UduL’ are available now online at the Déda Box Office 01332 370911; and for information about all the performances at Derby Festé please visit and follow on social media.

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