Free arts festival will hit the streets

ONE of the highlights of the Derby cultural calendar is to return for a fifth year.

Derby Festé can be enjoyed at various locations across the city on September 23 and 24, offering free live performances for all ages to enjoy.

The main appeal of the event, and what has attracted thousands of people to the city in previous years from right across the UK, is the pure quality of the entertainment and spectacle on offer.

Derby Festé is organised by Quad, Déda and Derby Live and supported by a host of organisations including the lottery-funded Legacy Trust, Igniting Ambition and Westfield Derby.

Derby Festé 2011 will bring a variety of international and local artists together and the exciting festival programme for this year, produced and presented by Walk the Plank, will include the return of Sarruga, who thrilled audiences in 2007 and 2008, with another of their jaw-dropping acts.

Sarruga will present Peixos, which will see the city centre transformed into a spectacular seabed where giant illuminated fish and creatures from the deep represent the inhabitants of the sea as they move through the streets of Derby.

Allow yourself to be lured into the experience by vivid colours and special effects, as music, sound and light immerse you in the beautiful ocean. Join the parade towards a fantastic finale at Cathedral Green.

Keith Jeffrey, director of Quad, said: “Festé is an established part of the calendar and is part of what makes Derby different. This year’s line-up looks to be as exciting as ever and Quad is delighted to be involved.”

Peter Ireson, director of Derby Live, said: “Festé is now an established part of Derby’s cultural calendar and is a great opportunity for the city to come together to celebrate and experience fantastic art in the great outdoors.

“Fest contributes towards the city’s growing national reputation for its cultural provision and also acts as an audience development tool for the exciting programme happening at venues in Derby throughout the rest of the year.”

For more about the many free events being lined up for this year’s event, go to