It’s Live & Local near you

The April Verch BandLive & Local is Derbyshire’s very own rural and community touring scheme, bringing surprising shows to surprising places across the county.

The scheme helps voluntary and community organisations to choose and promote professional live performances for their local venues.

At the heart of the scheme is the opportunity to get together to enjoy high quality, affordable and uplifting live entertainment.

Last year saw over 5,000 people attend 58 performances at 45 venues across the county, from small arts centres and village halls to churches, colleges and social centres.

Together they enjoyed 45 different shows from performing companies with regional, national and international profiles.

Shows including storytellers, actors, musicians and circus performers, all specialising in different styles.

Sarah Benn, marketing officer for Live & Local said: “The professional performances are of the same high quality you’ll find in any traditional arts venue but you’re guaranteed a seat close to the action.

“You’ll often have the chance to meet the performers and see ‘behind the scenes’.

“But Live & Local isn’t just about the shows – it’s also about the sense of occasion, those little things that can turn an okay evening into an unforgettable night to remember.

You might be wondering how it’s possible to bring professional artists to intimate venues in a rural county like Derbyshire.

The volunteer organisers are supported by the expertise of a not-for-profit arts organisation that also manages similar touring schemes in Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.

They receive financial support from Arts Council England, Derbyshire County Council and the borough and district councils to keep the ticket prices affordable and remove some of the financial risk for volunteers hosting events.

There is a busy autumn programme which includes quality music, theatre, storytelling and a hilarious puppet show for adults.

You’ll find the October events in the listings section on this site but please visit the website to find what’s on near you.

November will be in the next edition of artsbeat.