Derby will be buzzing with creativity for the fourth annual Furthest From The Sea Festival – a one day showcase and celebration of the diverse Derbyshire arts scene.
This year’s event on June 18 promises to be the biggest and best yet with 12 performance areas across the city centre.
The main stage on the market place will feature bands, singer-songwriters, and dance groups and CQ Saturdays Knickerbocker Glorious will also be staging its outdoor variety showcase, at the waterfall nearby, and St Peters Quarter Live will be at St Peters Cross.
Following the success of Derby Comedy Festival, Furthest From the Sea will be hosting The Comedy Clubrooms at The Guildhall Theatre Clubrooms. The laughter-packed sessions will be compered by award-winning Verbal Discharge.
The Twisted Tongues – Derby’s freshest spoken word night, will be taking over the Tudor Bar at The Old Bell Hotel.
You will also be able to find additional entertainment at The Ram Busking stage in St Peters Way, the Cornmarket and the Cathedral.
Riverlights will be transformed in a scene from Alice in Wonderland and the events there will be compered by The Mad Hatter himself.
The music shop Foulds and Trent Barton buses have joined forces to provide The Ukelele Bus on which children will have the opportunity to take part in a ukelele workshop with Phil Doleman as it travels to three different locations around the city.
There will also be other workshops as well as plenty of street food craft stalls by local artists in the Market Place and along St Peters Way.
There are already more than 30 performers signed up to join in the festival, but organisers say that there is still plenty of time to join in and that if you’re reading this before June 18 and if you would like to volunteer at Furthest From the Sea 2016, or at any of their future events then get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some of the brilliant acts included in the line-up so far are Scribble Victory, an acoustic-pop duo; The Herron Brothers, a folk indie pop group; singer songwriter Yakobo; Oriental dance group Arjana Dance headed up by Diana Mehira; theatre group Creatio Arts Ltd; Surtal Arts, an Indian dance and music group; acoustic folk singer James Scott; Amy Illingworth, who is one half of Sunflower Thieves; singer songwriter Jess Kenton Official; folk group The Feathers; The Three Wrens, a vintage inspired close vocal harmony group; Gardina with vintage folk, country and blues; Foot Fusion School of Dance; Calidoscopia Carnival Drummers; Juneau Band; comedian and magician Lord Illusion; MissImp, an improvised comedy group; singer songwriter David Chabeaux; performance poet Leo Swarvett; Morris dancers the Ripley Green Garters, traditional dancers the Heage Windmillers; and Derby A Cappella.