Arts Council England NPO announcement

Arts Council NPO funding news - 27 June 2017

Déda is delighted to be invited to remain an Arts Council England National Portfolio organisation. Today’s statement is recognition of the great work that the organisation carries out in the city of Derby and beyond. We are thrilled to be receiving additional funding that will allow us to continue to deliver International Street Arts Festival Derby Festé alongside our cultural city partners Derby Live, QUAD and Derby Theatre. Festé celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2016 and has established itself as a cultural highlight both locally and nationally. We aim to further develop the festival so that it is truly reflective of our wonderfully diverse City.

This year, Derby Festé will present a South Asian programme celebrating 70 years of Indian Independence. This programme will include a substantial community outreach programme which will create new partnerships and bring Derby Festé to new communities and audiences. 2017 will lay the foundation for a development phase which will look to embed diversity into the Festival’s artistic signature going forward.

The additional funds will also resource a Creative Producer to work across all artistic strands furthering Deda’s national research programme exploring the interplay between Dance and Contemporary Circus. The Creative Producer will also be responsible for growing the organisation’s strategic Outdoor Arts development role.

Public funding in the Arts is becoming ever more challenging and at Déda, we work closely with our partners Arts Council England, Derby City Council and the University Of Derby to ensure that we continue to develop an exciting, sustainable and flexible model for the future.

Our Vision is ‘to enrich people’s lives through dance and the arts’ and this announcement today will certainly help us to achieve that. The investment in the city of Derby, with organisations such as Artcore becoming National Portfolio Organisations for the first time, is a reflection of the ambition in the Midlands - and a positive step forward for us all.

Stephen Munn

CEO & Artistic Director


Peter Knott, Area Director, Arts Council England said: "Déda is a creative powerhouse of dance, circus and outdoor performance and we're delighted to be increasing investing in their work over the next four years. Our funding will be supporting Déda to continue entertaining audiences by delivering Derby Festé, an annual festival of outdoor arts, which will inspire local, national and international visitors to the city."

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