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Each year, through Derby Festé we reach out to a variety of community groups.

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2020 saw us deliver Derby Well in place of Derby Festé. We delivered a programme of art and culture in the city but in a socially distances way using shop windows, street art, and online engagement activities. We worked with local community groups to produce beautiful works representing people's lockdown experiences. 

2019 saw us deliver ‘One Moon’ which had a special educational needs and disability focus, attempting to bridge work which was already taking place in City SEND Schools as part of This is Derby (Essential Life Skills) and SPLASH (ACE Strategic Touring).

The project, One Moon, was created around the Museum of the Moon by Luke Jerram being presented in Derby Cathedral and also work within the Derby Festé 2019 theming of Space, Moon and Tides. Hubbub Theatre created a performance accompanied by live music underneath the Museum of the Moon . Then a physical link of over 200 people was made between the Museum of the Moon and the River Derwent where it flows through Cathedral Green. The link had two elements connecting the Moon to the River – people and the passing of a biodegradable Moon. One Moon reminds us that, no matter who we are and where we come from, we live together as human beings on one planet under One Moon. We are all inter-connected.

550 – 600 people watched or participated in the One Moon event (numbers estimated by capacity of Cathedral). Of the 134 Festé attenders interviewed who came to One Moon, 41 had never been to Festé before. The Facebook event for One Moon reached 27.7k people, with 1.4k responses.

For Derby Festé 2018 we worked with Ukrainian, Bosnian, West Indian and Indian community centers as well as at four local schools.

For Derby Festé 2017 we engaged community groups in Indian Community Centre; West Indian Community Centre; Bosnian Community Centre; Age UK; and at Déda, as well as five schools in low-income areas in Derby. Participants learned an Indian community dance – Garba and then performed together at Derby Festé.

Derby Festé – international street arts festival in Derby

Derby Festé has run every year during the last weekend in September since 2007. The festival attracts in the region of 30,000 people into the city, generates more than £800,000 a year for local economy and raises Derby’s profile as a festival city – showcasing the talents within the city’s cultural organisations, attracting visitors to the area and having a positive economic impact on the city. Its ambitious objectives are:

  • To showcase the city in a positive light – locally, nationally and internationally
  • To support the expansion of Derby’s leisure and retail catchments by driving a wider number of visitors into the city
  • To support areas of the city centre such as Cathedral Quarter and St Peters Quarter
  • To programme for innovation, income generation and legacy beyond the end of the festival
  • To use festivals to directly increase audiences within the city’s venues
  • To exploit opportunities to link cultural festivals and events with leisure additional leisure activities and infrastructure in the city

Find out more about Derby Festé

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Keep Derby Festé Free

Festé is funded by Déda as part of its Arts Council England funding and Derby City Council, but only partially. To put on a spectacular Festival for you we also need support from other sources. If you love Festé and would be happy to donate to the 2023 event please donate what you can.

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Derby Festé will return to the city centre this September. Find out more by clicking below. It will take you to our Festé homepage

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