Out of nowhere on the streets of the Cathedral Quarter drummers will approach the Market Place banging out a beat.
Their drumsticks will twirl as they measure each other to compete in rhythms and fires. Devils fight warriors; what will be the outcome of the battle?
At the end of the parade, musicians will climb on to the main stage for the ultimate confrontation.
A huge firework erupts, seemingly from the drums, as if every drumbeat ignites an explosion in the starry sky. Then the black and ochre devils reclaim the street and disappear as they came – on fire.
Danbor Talka: The Clash of The Drums, is the creation of Deabru Beltzak, a Basque performance company and the French artists Les Commandos Percu and will take place on Saturday September 26 at the Bass Recreation Ground at 8pm. The gates open at 7pm.
Festé takes place throughout the city centre on September 25 and 26, kicking off at 7.30pm on the Friday with a fantastic animation projected on to the Silk Mill, in which the stories of the Joseph Wright Collection come to life.
The story will draw on the minds of members of the Lunar Society – individuals who changed the shape of the modern world. This spectacle can also be seen on Saturday evening.
On Cathedral Green at 8pm on Friday you can watch Soul of Fado by Nuno Silva – a fire and dance spectacular infused with the steamy atmosphere of Lisbon’s Old Quarter.
The Dutch masters of street theatre Close Acts will stalk the streets with their gigantic prehistoric birds, Saurus, in a thrilling night-time procession from 9pm. They will also be in the city on Saturday afternoon.
The evening will close at 10pm with a ceilidh with the Derbyshire Volunteers in the Market Place. All the Friday night events are free.
Saturday will be filled with international, national and local street acts and performances including the return of Furthest From the Sea’s Splash Stage, a platform that showcases the very best of talent from the region.
Two commissions for new work for the festival have been awarded to local theatre companies Maison Foo and Freckled Mischief.
Deda’s Stephen Munn, artistic lead for Derby Festé said: “It’s amazing to me that this event has been animating the streets of Derby since 2007.
“It has become one of the country’s leading outdoor street arts festivals, attracting vast numbers of people from all walks of life. As usual, audiences this year can expect a weekend of unforgettable experiences for all the family.”
Festé is produced and presented by Déda, Derby LIVE, Derby Theatre and QUAD in association with the Without Walls Associate Touring Network. For more details go to http://www.derbylive.co.uk