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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:

Annie’s Burger Shack launches its first family deal as it steps in to help ease the cost of living crisis


A Derby restaurant has launched its first-ever family meal deal to encourage households to come into the city to enjoy a bite to eat without worrying about the effect on their wallets.


Annie’s Burger Shack, in Friary Street, has kicked off the summer holidays by offering families of four a choice of its burger menu for less than £30 all-in to help them cope with the cost-of-living crisis.


Festive fun with the Babbling Vagabonds now on sale

Plans for another fantastic Festive Derby are well underway and tickets are now on sale for one of the main events in Derby this December.

Join those festive funsters, The Babbling Vagabonds, to find out what really happens when a ballerina stops dancing, a robot stops computing and a jack-in-the-box loses his bounce.

Choral forest concerts

The Choral Forest concerts will be held at Derby Cathedral on Sunday 11 September and Lichfield Cathedral on Saturday 8 October featuring an artistic showcase of poetry, art and music collected from UHDB staff during the Covid-19 pandemic, as part of Air Arts’ Staff Voice project.

The events include:

LEVEL Residency Lab - open for applications

In 2021, LEVEL launched the Level Residency Lab, a research and development opportunity for professional artists who either identify as Disabled or whose work is suitable for Learning Disabled people and the wider community working across visual, digital and performing arts.

The scheme has been a huge success, and we’ve supported 16 artists so far including Juke & Lake of Open Theatre, Maral Mamaghani, John Whall, Hubbub Theatre Co and Billy Read. Here's what Daniel Longhurst, a recent residency artist, had to say about their time at LEVEL:

Do you care about the endangered wildlife of the Peak District?


All artists participating are committed to preserving and protecting our wildlife and to promoting it through their wonderful artwork.

Saturday August 6th from 2:00-6:00pm
The exhibition will be on until August 31st.
Please RSVP by August 4th if you want to attend the preview on August 6th.

John Owen-Jones to perform in New Mills

New Mills Art Theatre are delighted and honoured to host West End and Broadway star John Owen-Jones on Saturday, September 3.

John Owen-Jones is famous for his portrayal of Jean Valjean in Les Misérables in the West End and on Broadway – and still holds claim to being the youngest actor in history to have played the role. In addition, he has played The Phantom in Phantom of the Opera more than any other actor in the show’s West End history.