News from producers around Derbyshire

News Header

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:

Patriotic Entertainment in Derby’s Cathedral Quarter

Derby Cathedral Quarter’s programme of Saturday entertainment continues on Saturday April 18 with a day of live entertainment on a St George’s Day theme and a showcase of handcrafted delights.

CQ Saturdays Knickerbocker Glorious will change venue for this month only – with the stage located in the Cornmarket between 11am and 3pm.

Meanwhile, CQ Saturdays Handcrafted at the Cathedral Quarter will be held under the Guildhall Arches between 10am and 4pm.

Businesses Join Forces To Spruce Up Area

Media opportunity: Wednesday April 15, 8.30am, McDonalds, St Peters Street, Derby

Representatives from businesses across the St Peters Quarter area of Derby city centre will hold their first tidy up event of the year on Wednesday April 15.

The initiative is part of the Business Improvement District’s (BID) objective to improve the visitor experience in the area which is the core retail heart of the city centre between the Cathedral Quarter and Intu Derby shopping centre.

Renishaw Hall & Gardens – home to generations of writers – supports Derbyshire Literature Festival with a literary weekend; May 16 & 17

Home to the famous literary ‘trio’ - Edith, Osbert and Sacheverell Sitwell – Renishaw Hall in north Derbyshire will support the 2015 Derbyshire Literature Festival by hosting its own literary weekend featuring special tours of the hall focusing on the Sitwell family’s literary works and connections, and a creative writing workshop with the county’s Poet Laureate, Helen Mort.

Poem a Month for April

Made in Derbyshire literally comes to life in this month's poem by Sian Tower.  Through its vivid use of language  we are reminded of the power of the River Derwent driving both the looms and the lives of the factory workers.

In her introduction Sian writes:

'Cromford in Derbyshire has been the subject of many of my poems. Bend in the River is about how the valley and river, which attracted industrialist Richard Arkwright to this area in 1771, have survived his endeavours. 

Artist profile: Paul Cummins

Chesterfield born artist Paul Cummins is well known for his work producing ceramic flowers for landscape art installations.  Starting out at Chesterfield College Cummins went on to be a maker of architectural models, leading to studying ceramics at the University of Derby’s College of Arts.

Have a heart for Hathersage fundraising exhibition

Organisers of an art exhibition in Hathersage in June are calling on local artists to help them boost their fundraising campaign.

The team behind the Heart For Hathersage initiative, which is aiming to create a multi-functional vibrant open space in the centre of the village, is planning an art exhibition in June at the Memorial Hall, to raise funds for the ambitious £400,000 project.