It’s June, so that must mean that Derby’s Furthest From the Sea arts organisation is about to stage its main event of the year.
The crew of musicians poets, dancers and artists, whose mission is to see the arts transform people and communities, have a day of fun lined up for the city with their festival on June 19.
The Market Place and Cathedral Quarter will be buzzing with music, dance and theatre performances, all celebrating the wealth of artistic talent in the county.
As usual they will have a pirate theme (the clue is in their name) and there will be plenty on offer for families and children – hula hoops, juggling, giant bubbles, facepainting and more.
The headline act of the day is Derbyshire’s own David Gibb (pictured) who is bringing his show Climb That Tree to Derby.
The award-winning songwriter and storyteller was so frustrated at the lack of high quality music available for children he set himself the challenge of writing an album of songs aimed at families. The result was his first Letters Through Your Door which has now been followed by Climb That Tree.
You will be able to join David on a musical journey through his hilarious and often surreal imagination, where bears live in the cupboard under the stairs, wolves are roaming the corridors at school, and trips to the moon are a regular occurrence.
The day will also see improvised comedy from MissImp and new work from emerging artists Smoking Guns Theatre, whose roaming street theatre project is named The Eccentric Director.
Derby poet Jamie Thrasivoulou will be holding a poetry workshop and performance poet Sophie Sparham will be holding writing workshops. The entries to the FFTS schools arts competition will also be exhibited.
Everything for the annual festival is free, but donations can be made in support of the not-for-profit organisation which is funded by the National Lottery through Arts Council England with other support from the University of Derby, Derby City Council and The Cathedral Quarter as well as FFTS Events Ltd.
For full details of what is going on and information about the organisation go to http://www.furthestfromthesea.co.uk