Anneliese Moss, Marketing and Sales Assistant and Heather Gunn, Marketing and Audience Development Coordinator

Derby Festé is always exciting and new – with a whole range of local, national and international performers. With the 10th festival just around the corner - we reflect on how important that very special weekend in September is for Derby's cultural landscape:

“We are both extremely proud to be part of Déda and Déda Producing, two of the major partners for Derby Festé. For us, Festé is a year-round focus as new work is created and developed, and Derby’s cultural landscape evolves. As artistic lead, Déda Producing has its finger on the pulse of innovative and exciting work never before seen in this country or region and Festé provides the opportunity to bring this work to people’s doorsteps.

Over the past 10 years, the festival has attracted stunning international acts to present a vibrant spectacle each September with over 30,000 visitors each year.

We think world class performance is most exciting when it’s up close and personal and Derby Festé manages to break down barriers and get everything out in the open – often so close you can touch it!

Representing a diverse mix of art forms and performances, Festé is the ‘shop window’ for Derby’s cultural organisations and it is important that we recognise the opportunity to increase awareness of our vibrant arts scene so that people know they are never short of things to do in this wonderful city! It is no wonder that Derby has been awarded internationally recognised Purple Flag status for its brilliantly diverse evening entertainment.

Derby Festé is a true celebration for all and offers unique experiences that can be enjoyed on so many levels as audiences, artists, producers and partners come together. The festival highlights areas of the city in new and exciting ways, transforming locations like Cathedral Green and Bass’ Recreation Ground into magical underwater worlds, circus tops and carousels.

Whether you’re being chased down Sadler Gate by a fire breathing dragon or standing open mouthed beneath a company of acrobats and aerial performers swirling and swaying 100ft high – Festé brings together scale, spectacle, storytelling and spirit in a way that is truly unique.


In such challenging times, coming together as a city is more important than ever and Festé is only made possible by the continued support of Derby’s cultural organisations, working in collaboration to increase awareness and engagement of the arts all year round. The strength of Derby’s cultural offer is achieved through a commitment to partnership working; discovering ways to strengthen our ties, learning from audiences, and offering exciting cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives across the region.

Inspiring the next generation of creative talent and cultural supporters is high on the Festé agenda and alongside the international programme, Festé nurtures and supports local talent – providing a platform to showcase diverse community arts projects from around Derby and the Midlands. By offering an annual commission opportunity for Derby-based artists and companies, the Festé programme truly represents the best in local, national and international work.

To secure the future of the festival – and maintain this special opportunity to showcase the arts and put Derby on the map – it is crucial for audiences to support their local cultural organisations throughout the year. At Déda we strive to offer events for all ages, from curious kids to mature movers, and we love to meet newly inspired audiences in the Autumn, fresh from Festé.

Look out for Déda favourites Company Chameleon and Stopgap Dance Company over the festival weekend this year! Our upcoming season will keep the Festé buzz going right through until Christmas and beyond, with the very best of dance, contemporary circus and family work.


We look forward to seeing you soon!”



Studio  Ashtanga  BBC  Greek  Nikki and JD  Poetry  ACE Midlands  Hydra  ballroom  Back pain  Just Imagine Working Here  wedding  Poet  InCompany  Planning  Illuminos  T42 Residency  network  dance, placement  Writing  Shows  projection  interview  Performace  education  books  East Midlands  Regional  September  contemporary  Acrobatics   Simon Armitage  Danish+  Wendy  research  Stephen Munn  comedy  Derby Arts  Rock 'n' Roll  commercial  Foxtrot  Derby  Summer  history  cabaret  Hen Party  actor  Dancing  storytelling  young people  Stress  Poetry Performance  U.Dance  Children and young people  choreography  review  dancer  Déda Theatre  Midlands  Choice  Ben Spiller  acting  Dance4  Plymouth  Déda  Icarus  Audience  Southbank  Studying  development  carnival  QUAD  Workshops  DJ  Strictly  Derby Festé  siteline  Path  DYDC  reading  University  Circus  Shakespeare  meeting  mythology  funding  digital  Festivals  Wellbeing  Social  Fifties  Udance  business  BA Dance  learning  café  professional  Baby Shower  student  Tour  Zumba  family  vintage  University of Derby  apprentice  Degree  social media  Derby University  Print  Alice Vale  Community  Arts Council  celebration  Hercules  facilities  hubbub  Higher Education  Jasmin Vardimon  Career  jive  socialise  inclusive  words  Coordinator  Hires  ArtCore  fun  birds  Theatre  office  expansion  Knot  Book Club  Stopgap  Journalism  Yoga  New Art Club  Aakash  volunteer, Deda, dance, arts, Derby, Derbyshire, marketing, 20 years  study  work experience  Kathak  Cultural Vision  performance  New Dimensions  Ballet  Udancebythesea  Discusssion  Brochure  Outdoor Events  dance, dancers, Joss Arnott, Derby, Déda, Triple Bill   food  Dance Career  Déda Refurb  Fresher  Youth  Autumn  story  partner  artist  Déda Board  Déda Bloggers  offer  Participation  Derby Book Festival  Michaela Butter  feedback  regular  Bounceback  AGM  Deda  Competition  group  training  Productions  photo  hula hoop  Celebrate  Derby Theatre  variety  club  Classes  disco    event  Building work  Tutor  Sky Academy  retro  Stompers  marketing  Arts Award  party  dyslexia  Dance  Sleep  placement  Inspiring  Vale  CUBE  50s  Routine  Blog  Creativity  refurbishment  New Year  Course  student, work experience   veganism, acro, nikki&jd, dance, Déda, Derby  Dance Development  Plus One  City centre  Adaire To Dance  corporate