Chesterfield hosts its first street festival

Young Inspirations
Young Inspirations

Singing, dancing, juggling and acrobatics will transform the streets of Chesterfield this weekend as the town hosts a new open-air festival.

Singing, dancing, juggling and acrobatics will transform the streets of Chesterfield today, Saturday, as the town hosts a new open-air festival.

Top-flight entertainers from London’s Covent Garden will be performing for shoppers and visitors in the shadow of the Crooked Spire.

Chesterfield’s Street Entertainment Festival will be staged in various locations including Rykneld Square, the market place and Pavements Shopping Centre.

Flying the flag for the town’s entertainers are Inspirations Theatre Company whose founder and director Dot Clarke said: “We were thrilled to be offered the opportunity to be part of the festival. Hopefully we will show to the public our energy and love of performing.

“Everyone is looking forward to working alongside street entertainers from Covent Garden.

“Anything such as the festival can only be a good thing to brighten up the monotony of the usual Saturday shopping.”

Inspirations will be performing songs outside Next clothes shop on the High Street between 10.30am and 4pm.

Based at Chesterfield Studios on Newbold Road, the company are no strangers to braving the elements for open-air performances.

Dot said: “We have performed at Clay Cross, Eckington and Killamarsh markets, Chesterfield market place and Mansfield market place and also at a wedding entertainment at a field at Meadowhead in Sheffield.

“The only thing to spoil any outdoor event is rain and heavy winds. When we performed at Chatsworth, near Christmas, we were fine as long as we wrapped up to keep warm.”

Also performing at the Chesterfield Street Entertainment Festival will be: Bantu acrobats, escapologist Rich Sullivan, magician Andrew Prince, juggler Matthew Rosson, street dancer Shandy South, singer Steve Tempo and skiffle duo Thirteen Women.

Festival organiser David Miller said: “Never before has such an exciting and talented line-up of the best in street entertainment visited Chesterfield.”