Free family festival in city centre

Furthest From The Sea’s one-day free family festival has a pirate theme this year and organisers are urging everyone to wear a suitable costume for the event.

They are a self-confessed motley crew of musicians, poets, dancers and artists united by a common passion to see artistic talent flourish.

Their primary goal is to provide events and platforms through which artistic talent can emerge, develop and take flight.

The Derby Cathedral Quarter festival, which runs from 11am till 4pm on Saturday, June 17, pairs home-grown emerging talent with established artists living and working in the region.

Among many other events in 2017 there will be workshops, a treasure trail, auditions for other festivals and a poetry showcase.

Among the line-up so far are musical duos Scribble Victory and Sunflower Thieves, dancers from Diana Mehira School of Dance, Moonhare Tribal Belly Dance and the Belly Dance Flames.

There will also be performances from Derby Youth Musical Theatre, Creatio Arts, and community choir Sing For Your Supper, a session by young singer songwriter Chris Fahy and the street theatre antics of the Lost Boys.

The festival has been awarded its first Arts Council England grant, which will support this year’s festival showcasing and celebrating the diverse Derbyshire arts scene.

Eileen Wright from Furthest From The Sea said: “We are overjoyed to get the support of the Arts Council, which only reflects the developing recognition of the vibrant and varied Derbyshire arts scene and our role within it.”

Furthest From The Sea Music, Comedy and Arts is a not-for-profit organisation based in Derby and was formalised as a Community Interest Company last November.

Martin Langsdale, chair of Cathedral Quarter Derby Business Improvement District board and management group said: “The fact that Furthest From The Sea have received Arts Council funding for the festival in June is fantastic news for the city.”

Additional support for the festival has come from Foulds Music, FFTS Events Ltd, Derby LIVE and Smith Cooper accountants.

n For more information on this year’s festival, or to find out how you can get involved visit furthestfromthesea.co.uk or contact Matt@furthestfromthesea.co.uk