Derby Festé takes to the streets

Derby city centre will take on a Covent Garden-style atmosphere again this month with a packed day of family-friendly street entertainment.

Derby Festé, which returns to the city on September 27 and 28, attracts more than 30,000 visitors to the city centre. It features performers from across Europe in a celebration of street entertainment including dance, contemporary circus, music and comedy.

The second day of this year’s Derby Festé will feature skilled international performers who will entertain the crowds in the Cathedral Quarter, St Peters Quarter and intu Derby.

The Market Place will be at the centre of the action with a number of stunning acts.

Ockham’s Razor: Belly of the Whale will feature a giant half-moon see-saw in a performance blending circus skills, humour and breath-taking moments of risk. Shows are at 1.45pm and 4.30pm.

Also on the Market Place at 1.15pm and 4.15pm will be the UK outdoor premier of Pulse! – an adrenaline-fuelled dance and live music show performed by Joss Arnott Dance around a unique 3.5m-high drumming wheel, engineered by Rolls-Royce in Derby.  

Fantabulosa, pictured above, promises a children’s cabaret show featuring interactive story-telling, music and lots of glitter courtesy of the UK’s leading drag artists.  Performances will start at noon and 5pm at the Waterfall with activities, games and the chance to meet the performers. 

Elsewhere on the Market Place, the hilarious Cie Barolosolo: IleO is a unique performance at 11.30am and 2.30pm, set in a pool – despite one of the performers being terrified of water.

Two new shows, Un Dia and Jukebox, which are still under development will be the ‘test bed’ features of this year’s Festé. 

Derby audiences will be asked for their feedback before the performances are finalised for inclusion in street festivals across Europe.

Visitors to intu will be treated to amazing feats of grace and brute strength when ‘Strong Lady’ Betty Brawn flexes her muscles at 2pm and 3.30pm. 

There will also be entertainment in Cathedral Square and Green, St Peter’s Quarter and at The Spot, which will be the transformed into the Festé Street Circus between noon and 5pm featuring a spectacular line up of skilled performers including jugglers, acrobats, contortionists as well as fire artist and compere ChangoFuego.

For details of all free events and evening ticketed performances go to