Tenth anniversary for Festé

The tenth annual Derby Festé has a packed programme of spectacular family entertainment featuring top local, national and international artists and performers.

Carousel by the Southpaw Dance Company kicks off the entertainment on Cathedral Green on the evening of Friday, September 23. The set is a fully functioning merry-go-round which provides the centre piece for an edgy story of the enigmatic characters who inhabit the fairground.

The headline act will be the return of the stunning giant, fire-breathing Sarruga Dragons that took the city by storm at the first Festé in 2007.

The giant robotic creatures created by world famous Catalonian street-arts company Sarruga will start their parade at Derby Riverlights and wend their way through St Peters Quarter and the Cathedral Quarter before making a spectacular entrance to the Market Place, which will then be transformed into a party space with The New York Brass Band and Alex Blood and the Diggers performing live on stage.

The next day the city centre will be a bustling hub of street entertainment featuring more than 20 different acts including dance, aerial performance, theatre, comedy and contemporary circus.

The People’s Stage in the Market Place will also feature live music performances from all over the UK and a special Derby Festé commission of Tarzanna by Ilkeston-born aerial artist Ria Ashcroft, and the Gramophones Theatre Company will make its debut performance at Derby Riverlights in St Peters Quarter.

The climax of Derby Festé will see Derby’s Bass Recreation Ground transformed into a magical underwater spectacle on the Saturday evening.

French company Transe Express will bring its latest outdoor performance MÚ. This will be only its second performance in the UK.

The atmospheric show will transport the crowds to a magical oceanic world. Colourful neon sea creatures, elevated on a huge telescopic crane, will cavort on the lit surface of the sea with the fish and other ocean dwellers weaving their way through the audience on the sea bed.

Derby Festé Artistic Director Stephen Munn, Director at regional dance house Déda said: “To mark the tenth Derby Festé we wanted to re-capture the excitement and sense of wonder that everyone felt at that first festival back in 2007 as they experienced the majestic Sarruga Dragons roaming through the city streets.

“The main feedback was that, on that very special night, Derby felt like a truly European city. It raised the bar for arts and culture in the city and proved the public appetite for outdoor entertainment and arts festivals that have developed over the past ten years.

“MÚ is a beautiful and emotional journey that is a feast for the senses thanks to its ethereal splendour.”

Pete Meakin Derby City Council’s culture development manager said: “We are proud that Derby Festé has grown to a festival of national and international repute and has helped to put Derby on the map.”

MÚ is Derby Festé’s only ticketed event. Priced at £7, tickets will be available to purchase online or via the Derby LIVE Box Office http://www.derbylive.co.uk 

All the other performances are free of charge and the full programme is available to see at http://www.derbyfeste.com