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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:

Join the virtual Matlock Storytelling Cafe, every first Friday of the month

A night of Storytelling for grown ups. The Matlock Storytelling Cafe event brings people together once a month on the first Friday to share stories and tellers from near and far.

In normal circumstances, the event takes place every first Friday at the Imperial Rooms in Matlock, but due to the pandemic, the storytelling cafe has moved online and so that you can zoom the session to your front room!

Derby BIDs Present Ram Trail Prize Draw Vouchers

Derby’s Cathedral Quarter and St Peters Quarter Business Improvement Districts (BID) have announced the winners of a prize draw organised as part of their involvement with this summer’s Derby Ram Trail.

The BIDs offered two winners the chance to win £100 each in vouchers to spend in their favourite city centre shops. Anyone who had spent £5 or more in a Cathedral Quarter or St Peters Quarter business was invited to enter the prize draw.

The Big BIF Weekend: Final line-up is revealed

Buxton International Festival is delighted to announce the final line-up for The Big BIF Weekend (15-16 October), a mini version of its celebrated summer festival with a worldclass roster of books, classical music and jazz.

The Ashover Light Railway Vol2 poetry book by David Siddon

David Siddon, along with watercolour illustrator Eric Leslie, releases his latest poetry book The Ashover Light Railway 1924-1950, volume 2.

Volume 2 of a Book of Poems includes an introduction by David Siddon with another 18 poems and supporting photographs from Bob Gratton's collection and a magnificent collection of watercolours and drawings from the late talented railway artist Eric Leslie.

FORMAT News: Opportunities

Louise Fedotov Clements Appointed to Board of UK Council


We are delighted to announce that FORMAT’s very own Founding and Artistic Director, Louise Fedotov Clements, has been appointed to the UK Council of Create UK Group, which includes the Creative Industries Federation and Creative England.

Derby Folk Festival returns with fringe benefits

The long-awaited and virtually sold out Derby Folk Festival returns as a live event in the heart of the city centre this weekend, from Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd October.

Now in its 15th year, noted artists including O’Hooley and Tidow, Kitty Macfarlane, Ninebarrow, India Electric Co. and Home Service will be joined by some old friends and new faces.

Free theatre workshops with Belper Community Play

A season of taster workshops led by a team of professional theatre-makers across different venues in Belper.

All workshops are free and no experience necessary. Make sure to register your place early as spaces are limited. Under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult.

Monday 4th October | Creative writing with Kevin Fegan
Belper Library, 7-9pm | Age 16+

If you live, work or are connected to the Belper area, come along and tell us your tales.