Debut arts festival for Duffield

The organisers of a new village arts festival are certainly punching above their weight this month as visitors to the event will soon discover.

The Duffield Arts Festival is jam-packed with exciting art, drama, dance and music and has enrolled help from across the small community.

For two days on September 17 and 18 there will be events at the schools, churches, pubs, library, Weston Centre and in the street.

There will be more than 30 performances ranging from the Diana Mehira School of Dance  and the Duffield Singers to the outstanding Nightwires, an American inspired rock band and pianist Neil White. There will also be Irish bagpipes and Scottish dancing.

One local family is getting involved in a big way: mum Judy Richter will be presenting her humorous talk Airline Crew Daze about her time working as cabin crew; her eldest daughter Morgan will be singing and playing her ukulele; while her second daughter Chelsea will be playing in her blues-inspired band Philharmonics and third daughter Brianna will be performing parts of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

More than 20 artists will be exhibiting their work in the village, including open houses and there will also be plenty of craft and gift stalls.

If you want to try your hand at something new there are several different workshops including ballet with the international ballerina Bethan Smith, burlesque chair dancing and the creative art form of quilling and willow weaving.

As well as the weekend of events, for which you can buy a wristband costing £5, there are some special ticketed events including a talk by author and motivational speaker Andy Cope at Ecclesbourne School on September 16 and a Duffield Singing Spectacular featuring BBC Radio Derby’s Andy Potter, the Duffield Singers led by Dana De Waal, Derby A Capella and Ignite UK at the school at 7.30pm on September 17.

All tickets available from Duffield News, Duffield Library or online at where you can find full details of all the events.