Offsite is the artist development programme run by Déda to follow on from the published evaluation of On Site (2013).

The programme has been established to develop further opportunities for outdoor artists based in the region.  Over its course, the programme looks to create opportunities that take regional talent to the national and international market place whilst representing Déda as a Midlands hub for Outdoor Arts Development.

Outdoor Arts Seed Funding

As part of the OffSite Artist Development programme, Déda proudly supports Artists and Companies working in dance, circus or physical theatre with seed funding to support research, development and creation of new outdoor works. The seed funding available is made up of funds from the Esmeé Fairbairn Foundation and our affiliate companies SO Festival, Appetite Stoke & Derby Festé.

2018 Artists


The Fabularium

Becky Namgauds

There Be Monsters! presented by The Fabularium

Join the cranky but noble knight Don Quixote and his long suffering, fortune seeking side-kick Sancho Panza on their epic quest to revive chivalry, confront monsters and seek to right what is wrong or accidentally wrong what is right. 'There be Monsters' is the brand spanking new outdoor heroic romp around from acclaimed outdoor performers The Fabularium.

Rodadoras presented by Becky Namgauds

Three figures emerge from a bed of soil, rolling, falling and slamming into the earth. Fully immersed in their surroundings, their hair tossed and flailing, the performers are morphed into otherworldly creatures. Rodadoras considers ideas of femicide, women left and lost in rivers and wastelands, through contemporary dance and Capoeira, bringing the female form and the earth together.

Rodadoras is also supported by Arts Council England, DanceXchange, East London Dance and Hofesh Shechter. 

Fantabulosa presented by Tickertape Parade

Fantabulosa is a pop-up grotto with a range of children’s activities created by leading drag artists to showcase the imagination and inclusivity of drag culture. Join us for storytime sessions, lipsync tutorials and drag make-up and dress-up sessions.

Activities are all child-friendly, but at Fantabulosa everyone is welcome!