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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:

Explore the BIF Book Festival

We've got a fantastic programme this year, so read on for your taster of the Book Festival this summer...

 Rory Stewart 

Tickets are selling fast to see Rory Stewart in conversation with Julian Glover, discussing his life in politics, Britain's place in the geopolitical sphere and the future of our democracy. 

Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2022 Call for Entries

We are looking for new writing talent and we would like to ensure that as many writers as possible know about the opportunities available for the Award.

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is an outlet for expression and a way to keep connected with the world. We are looking for Poetry and Short Fiction entries. It would be great if you could share this opportunity with your network. Below please find further information as well as suggested copy for your social media.

Survey reveals Festival’s feel-good factor

Live music is just the ticket if you want to feel good, an audience survey found after a concert during last summer’s Buxton International Festival (BIF).

Orchestras Live, a charity dedicated to bringing orchestral music to as wide and diverse an audience as possible, conducted the survey after one of their productions by The English Concert.

It revealed that 98% of the audience felt the live performance of Vivaldi had contributed positively to their sense of well-being.

Derby welcomes Urban Forest on the Market Place

From the end of June, the Market Place will be transformed into a woodland wonderland bringing a new, vibrant space for al-fresco dining and outdoor events over the summer. The space will be free to access for residents and made available to cultural partners to host events.

It will be just one of four Urban Forests in the UK this summer and the only one in the East Midlands.

Making Creative Connections at Derby QUAD

A laid-back evening of hands-on, low-pressure, collaborative activities delivered by early-career creatives, in-person on the 23rd of June, 6:30pm-8:30pm, at Derby QUAD, Market Place, Derby, DE1 3AS.

Once again, we’re inviting creatives, all with different mindsets, to spend an evening making and chatting, this time in Derby QUAD. The collaborative event will host a blend of drop-in style workshop activities, all delivered by early-career creatives. Join us to feel more connected to your creative community, inspired to collaborate, and creatively re-charged.

Buxton Fringe Festival with Henry Churniavsky

Scouse comedian offering ‘laughs for life’ at Buxton festival fringe.

Jewish/Scouse stand-up comedian Henry Churniavsky has two shows on Saturday 23rd July 2022. Both shows are to raise awareness and funds for Mental Health Charities. He came up with the idea after his best friend’s son attempted suicide, and never recovered. He is now an Ambassador for The Mental Health Charity Jami UK and he also supports YoungMinds Mental Health Charity.


All you need to know about the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in Derby

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee is just around the corner and the whole nation is preparing, including Derby.

We have a whole host of exciting events occurring between Thu 2 Jun and Sun 5 Jun to help mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. These include A Right Royal Knees Up!, the Queen’s Jubilee Beacon Lighting Ceremony, Jubilee Royal Engineers Parade, Platinum Party at the Market Place, Platinum Party at the Palace Screening and the Big Jubilee Lunch at the Market Place.

Wedding of Jason Darnell and Rachel Wass - York Minster 14 May 2022

The Pye Hill & District Male Voice Choir were privileged to sing at the wedding of the choir’s President, Jason Darnell, to Rachel Wass at York Minster on Saturday 14 May 2022 as part of a mass choir, consisting of the York based choir the ‘Ebor Singers’, which includes some members of the Minster choir; ‘Cantorum’ and talented choristers and friends drawn from other choirs that Jason has association with.