Derby Festé brings world-acclaimed artists back to city streets
Music, dance and theatre performances by world-acclaimed and exciting up and coming artists will bring streets to life when Derby Festé returns.
The popular festival will take over the Cathedral Quarter and St Peters Quarter from Friday, September 24 to Sunday, September 26.
Derby Festé has run for many years, previously attracting more than 30,000 visitors.
Steve Slater, artistic lead of Derby Festé, said: “Since 2007, Derby Festé has existed to bring surprise, enlightenment, entertainment and amusement to local communities and visitors alike and is an important element in the city’s bid to be the UK City of Culture 2025.
“Last year we organised Derby Well in the city which was inspired by the traditional Derbyshire Well Dressing festivals and was well received by people keen to re-engage afterthe first major lockdown.
“We are delighted to return with a more recognisable Derby Festé programme this year and I think there will be a real appetite amongst people of all ages and communities to enjoy this cultural celebration.
“This year’s Derby Festé celebrates being present in the moment, opening your mind to the incredible imagination of talented artists and just marvelling in the spectacle that is before you.
“The joy of Festé has always been to bring people of all ages and communities both local and further afield together to enjoy performances that you would usually only see in large UK and European cities.”
On Friday evening, the live action is focused on Cathedral Green and The Spot with the chance to venture across the city centre and be amongst the first to see the neon and LED works created by artist Tim Etchells in three public spaces across the city centre.
Etchells’ works have been presented all around the world, from Gwangju to Berlin, with New York, Derry, Rome, Lisbon and Blackpool in between and are renowned for their comical and poignant dialogue with everyday spaces and landscapes. For Derby he will create a series of playful interventions in the city – poetic and provocative fragments in light and language which will ask us to look again at the environment we know so well.
The installations will stay lit and be a regular feature in the city centre locations until January 2022.
All outdoor performances are free of charge. For more details, visit www.derbyfeste.com