Can you help festival to continue?

derby arts festivalcroppedDerby Arts Festival, which has been held annually for 107 years, is aiming to keep the show on the road by finding new sponsors and volunteers.

They are appealing for help from the community to enable them to continue giving children, young people and adult amateurs a platform to display their talent for music, drama and dance.

Chair of the festival Barbara Lowe said: “Whilst going with the times and embracing new challenges, the festival however finds itself in need of a safer financial footing and new expertise and energy to take it to new levels of achievement.

“Our team of committed volunteers with a love for the arts is now looking for new team players who would be willing to contribute their expertise.”

Some past performers have gone on to become professional singers as soloists or by joining the Royal Opera Company, and instrumentalists have joined national ensembles such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Dancers regularly perform on the London stage, and Sir Alan Bates gained his first acting experience at the festival, which led to a prestigious career on stage and screen.

The festival draws performers not only from Derbyshire, but also the wider East Midlands area.

It has been a highlight in the calendar for many performers young and old, and their supporters.

If your company or organisation is interested in becoming a sponsor; if you want to become a friend or become personally involved please contact Barbara Lowe on 01332  833961.