Derby Festé 


Festé was established in 2007 as a partnership between some of Derby’s main cultural partners to celebrate the city and its cultural offer. Since then it has gone from strength to strength and has become an essential part of the city’s cultural offer.

With a distinct emphasis on the family audience a programme of outdoor arts, visual and digital arts, performance, circus and music is presented each September. Attracting average annual audiences in excess of 30,000 people per annum Festé brings high quality national and international artists that would not otherwise be seen in the region.

Festé aims to deliver spectacle, distinctiveness and a sense of place that encourages audiences to feel proud of the place where they live.  The festival’s importance to local people was confirmed by Derby City Council and Arts Council England investing funding through to 2017 ensuring the festival’s ongoing viability. Festé aims to present a balance of international, national and local artists and believes that the event is rooted in Derby but speaking to the world.

Festé is managed as a partnership between Déda, Derby LIVE, Derby QUAD and Derby Theatre who form the Executive Group. It represents an excellent example of a consortium working to deliver high quality work for large audiences.

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Crossing Over Symposium 

The 'Crossing Over' symposium took place at Déda on 13 May 2016. Attended by arts professionals from both the dance and contemporary circus sectors, the event explored the relationship between the art forms from the perspective of artist, producer and audience.

The symposium will also contribute to a new piece of research being funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation which aims to investigate the relationship between dance and circus practice and how the use of narrative translates between the two forms.

A panel discussion was led by Déda CEO & Artistic Director Stephen Munn with contributions from Rachel Clare (Artistic Director of Crying Out Loud), Clare Limb (Head of Dance Development & Learning, Déda), Jorge Crecis (choreographer) and Nikki Rummer & Jean-Daniel Brousse (physical theatre artists).

Read more about the symposiun here or watch the panel discussion below



CQ Saturdays - Street Circus 

street-circus.jpgEnjoy a variety of free street circus and theatre acts on the second Saturday in the month from May to September at the Waterfall.

Yet again we will showcase a spectacular line up of skilled performers including jugglers, acrobats, contortionists, as well as our resident fire artist and compère Changofuego who returns to delight and thrill in his arena of danger.

Events coming up:

Tim Cockerill (8 July)

Tim is a seasoned performer specialising in the areas of sideshow and circus entertainment.

His act is packed with fun, comedy, audience participation (completely safe!) and the spectacular finale, 'The Amazing Human Volcano' and escaping from a regulation straitjacket and the 100ft rope escape.

1623 Theatre Company (12 August)

1623 celebrate the work of William Shakespeare in the most unconventional way. The company have been entertaining crowds since 2005 and always bring something a bit different to the proceedings of the CQ Street Circus. Excerpts from favourites Romeo & Juliet and The Tempest are bound to appear presented in fun bite sized chunks for all to enjoy.

The Tom Show (12 September)

A favourite act makes a welcome return to the streets of Derby. The Tom Show is a fast paced juggler action packed show featuring a dazzling array of skills juggling, contortion, unicycling and lashings of hot comedy goodness packed into a breath taking 30 – 40 minute show.