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Derby Festé is promising a fusion of different cultures at this year's two-day outdoor entertainment spectacular in the city centre.
The festival has been a highlight in the city's calendar for the past 11 years and this year's Derby Festé will be held on Friday, September 29, and Saturday, September 30, with the theme of fusing Western and Eastern cultures in the most spectacular fashion.
At key landmarks across Derby, there will be dramatic acrobatics and circus skills, along with street theatre, dazzling dance and music.
So, what exactly can you expect? Here we bring you our definitive guide to Feste 2017.
Where and when will the festival take place?
Derby Feste will start at 5.30pm on Friday, September 29 with fun, food and entertainment at Bass Recreation Ground. Then on Saturday September 30, from noon onwards, performances will be held throughout the city at Derby Market Place, Cathedral Green, Iron Gate, St Peter’s Street, St Peter’s Cross, St Peter’s Square, the River Gardens, Intu Derby and the Waterfall. The fun will continue into the evening with a major dance performance and night market.
What can I see and do on the Friday night?
You can eat, drink and be merry at the first ever Feste Food Village featuring street food and drinks from round the world. All the fun will take place at Bass’ Recreation Ground which will be transformed into a World of Circus. While you’re sampling the world cuisine, you can soak up entertainment from circus acts, see a lively procession and witness a fire garden. The evening will build up to a grand finale - a daring aerial performance called The Altitude Show by Gorilla Circus. Tickets for this are £7 or £5 for group bookings of eight or more.
How do I get tickets for the Friday show and food village?
You get them from Derby Live box office. You can book online – visit www.derbylive.co.uk – or call 01332 255800.
What is free at the festival?
Just about everything. Apart from the Friday night World of Circus event, all the entertainment is completely free.
So, what’s happening that’s free to see on Saturday?
Lots! When the clock strikes noon, Derby’s streets will come alive with free live music, circus performances, dance, art displays and super heroes. You can enjoy:
- Greentop Circus workshops, Cathedral Green, 12pm-4pm.
- Matt Marks ‘Wheeze’, an organ like you’ve never seen it before, Cathedral Green Grass, 12pm-4pm
- Arbor, part-man, part-tree and a hefty 18ft tall, this strange creature will be giving out saplings to encourage tree planting. Find him in at the Waterfall on Derby Market Place, 12.30pm – 1.30pm.
- Leicester Mela - Rangoli, watch this beautiful traditional Indian art develop before your eyes, 12pm-5pm at the Waterfall.
- Human Hood - Nomadis, a twisting street performance like you’ve never seen before, Cathedral Green River, 12.30pm -12.45pm, 2.30pm -2.45pm.
- Maison Moo – testing, street theatre, River Gardens, 12.12pm -12.45pm and 1.30pm -2pm.
- Humanhood – Nomadis, street theatre, Cathedral Green River, 12pm -12.15pm and 2.45pm-3pm.
- Highly Sprung – Roots, interactive fun with a seven-metre tree-like structure, Cathedral Green, 12.30pm -1pm and 2pm -2.30pm.
- Glasshouse – Us, comic dance theatre, St Peter’s Street, various performances from 1.30pm -4.30pm.
- Circus Katoen Ex Aequo, circus acrobatics, Cathedral Square, 1pm -1.30pm and 3pm-3.30pm.
- New Art Club – Campervan of Love, songs, dance and a Campervan, St Peter’s Cross, 12.30pm -1pm and 2.30pm -3pm
- Kuljit Bhamra-Chutney, spicy mix of street song and dance, Waterfall, 4pm -4.30pm and 6.30pm -7pm
- Joli Vyann – Lance Moi En L’Air, acrobatic skills and dance, Cathedral Green River, 1.15pm -1.45pm and 3.30pm -4pm.
- Candoco – You And I Know, dance choreographed by Arlene Phillips, Cathedral Green River, 1.45pm -2pm and 3pm -3.15pm.
- Circus Geeks Project_Vee – circus fun taken to a whole new level, River Gardens, 1pm -1.15pm and 2.45pm -3pm.
What’s the highlight of the Saturday fun?
Dance! The Saturday showstopper will start with a Colour of Time parade by Cie Artonik winding through the Cathedral Quarter. Then more than 150 dancers performing the Garba under a canopy of lanterns will parade through Derby Market Place. That’s all free to enjoy, too. Grab a bite to eat, chill out and, perhaps, treat yourself at the Derby Night Market.
Where can I park and how can I get there?
Derby has a host of car parks throughout the city including council and NCP car parks, Intu Derby, Bold Lane Parksafe and Chapel Street multi-storey. Check the options online in advance. However, it will be busy and you’d be advised to arrive early. Another option is public transport. Derby Station is only around 10 minutes’ walk from the city centre and Bass Recreation Ground and there is a bus station in the heart of Derby.
Is there anything different I should know about Derby Feste 2017
Yes, the festival is being held slightly later this year to coincide with the climax of the nine-day Hindu Navratri Festival, which is celebrated across the world, finishes on September 29 and, this year, coincides with the 70th anniversary celebrations of India's independence.
How can I find out more?
All the latest news is on the Derby Feste website. Visit www.derbyfeste.com. To book tickets for The Altitude Show on September 29, visit www.derbylive.co.uk or call 01332 255800.
Who organises Derby Feste?
Derby Feste 2017 is produced and presented by Derby LIVE, Deda, QUAD and Derby Theatre in association with the Without Walls Associate Touring Network, Artcore and Baby People. It is funded by Arts Council England and Derby City Council, with sponsorship from Cathedral Quarter, Intu Derby, Derby Riverlights, Park Farm Shopping Centre and the University of Derby.