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Bondholders bring Festé 2019

Ockhams Razor - Belly of the Whale. Photo Credit: Mark Dawson Photography

Ockhams Razor - Belly of the Whale. Photo Credit: Mark Dawson Photography

An impressive twenty Marketing Derby Bondholders are working together to bring Derby Festé to life again with international performers that will bring surprise and magic to Derby.

Derby Festé 2019 will take place on 27th and 28th September and is produced and presented by Bondholders Déda, Derby LIVE, Derby Theatre and QUAD.

Festé attracts more than 30,000 visitors to the city centre which features international performers that have toured the world in a celebration of outdoor street entertainment including dance, contemporary circus, music and comedy. Performers this year will be arriving from events in USA, Australia, Taiwan, Barcelona, Hong Kong and Germany – to name just a few – before they arrive to a warm welcome in Derby.

Museum of the Moon Photo Credit: Luke Jerram

Museum of the Moon Photo Credit: Luke Jerram

Derby Festé is sponsored by Bondholders Derby City Council, University of Derby, Derby Cathedral Quarter, St Peters Quarter, Foundation Derbyshire and intu Derby.

For the first time this year, organisers of Derby Festé have also joined forces with Bondholder Derby Cathedral to bring ‘Museum of the Moon’ to the city in the run up to and during the city’s popular annual event.

Marketing and promotions have been headed up by Bondholder Gravity Digital Ltd, who developed a new website as part of their sponsorship agreement, they also manage the social media, and other marketing activities working closely with creative Bondholder companies, Future Proof Films, JJ Public Relations , Mercia Image, and Code Print.

For people arriving in the city by train, there is also an exclusive offer that has has been promoted by Bondholder East Midlands Railway and the event is widely covered in the media including Bondholder Derby Telegraph.

Visit Derby has also just run a fabulous family festival break competition where entries were invited form people to win a weekend stay including free tickets to the Festé headline event, a meal for four at Bondholder Annie’s Burger Shack and overnight accommodation with Bondholder The Stay Company.

Fantabulosa 185. Photo Credit: Simon Hadley

Fantabulosa 185. Photo Credit: Simon Hadley

Derby Festé Artistic Director Stephen Munn from Déda said: "Festé is a true partnership of a vast number of organisations and businesses – bringing together a range of committed individuals who work really hard to make the annual event a reality.

"It is this combination of talent and effort that ensures that Festé is always pushing boundaries, bringing the unexpected and unusual to the city and creating unforgettable memories.

"The fact that so many Bondholders are at the heart of the continued success of Derby Festé is testament to the widespread passion for cultural activity in the city and we are also particularly grateful for the input from Arts Council England and the Without Walls Touring Network Partnership."

For more information, please visit www.derbyfeste.com or follow on social media.

BaroloSolo - ile O splash. Photo Credit: Vincent d'Eaubonne

BaroloSolo - ile O splash. Photo Credit: Vincent d'Eaubonne

 

30 Days of Giving finale

Thirty local charities gathered at Bondholder Smith Partnership's offices recently to celebrate the receipt of their donation from Mercia Image Print’s 30 Days of Giving Campaign.

Over the month of June, Amanda Strong of Mercia Image Print pledged to raise £30,000 in 30 days, to give to 30 local charities, and with a final push following the Gala Dinner held at Bondholder Pattonair's County Ground, she managed to reach her goal.

Megan Patrick from fellow Bondholder Derby County Community Trust, who received £5,000 from the fund, said “When Amanda first came to see us about raising some money we thought it sounded fabulous, then when Amanda decided she would go for £30,000 in 30 days we thought it was a tall order – but we did it!!”

Amanda commented “With the support of the local business community we did it! I am still amazed that we managed to hit our target in 30 days, stress levels were high but worth every minute”

Some of the local Bondholder charities that benefited form the 30 Days of Giving campaign were Derby County Community Trust, Treetops Hospice Care, Padley Group, Derby Museum, Derby QUAD, YMCA Derbyshire, Safe & Sound, Me & Dee, TwentyTwenty, Derbyshire Children's Holiday Centre, Deda, Derbyshire Institute of Sport, Artcore, Derby City Mission and NWG.

When asked whether Amanda would consider making this an annual fund raising event, she said “I think it has proven to be such a success that it could definitely be an annual campaign, but perhaps I should let someone else run it next year!"

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Bondholder partnership boost

Bondholder Roundhouse Events has launched a new initiative to network with other events companies in the area to boost communication and referrals.

Meeting with a series of events companies once a month, with the aim of ensuring that event bookings are retained in Derby, the group has been co-created by Helen Vann, Sales Manager at Bondholder Pentahotel and Amy Wicks, Conference and Events Manager at Roundhouse Events.

Amy said "The aim of the group is to ensure Derby venues work together in collaboration to service the needs of companies and individuals looking to hire quality event space.

“There are many fantastic venues in Derby and we want to ensure that we service the needs of businesses and the community by offering suitable, quality space to host their event."

Helen added "It's a great way to get to know the people behind other Derby venues and hotels. It will enable all of us to work together, share best practise and, as a result, will enhance the offering across Derby as a city".

The group is made up of representatives from Bondholders Derby Conference Centre, Derbyshire County Cricket Club, Derby City Council, QUAD, Deda, Jurys Inn, Derby County Football Club, Derby Museums and the University of Derby, along with Visit Derby, Hallmark Hotel, Riverside Centre and the Cathedral Quarter Hotel.

To register your interest in becoming part of the group, please contact amy-wicks@derby-college.ac.uk

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Arts Council Hub for Derby

Bondholder Derby Theatre has been awarded £1.5m by Arts Council England to become a pilot Performing Arts Producing Hub from September 2019.

As one of only two venues selected as a Producing Hub, Derby Theatre will use the three years of funding to programme work in community settings across the city; produce new small-scale productions that will tour into these hubs and beyond; produce new mid-scale work which will play on the Derby Theatre main stage and produce new outdoor work which will play at festivals like Festé and across the city.

The exciting consortium of companies who will help to support, deliver and develop the Producing Hub model in Derby include: Bondholders Déda, Derby City Council, Derby County Community Trust, QUAD and the University of Derby, along with Baby People, China Plate, Crying Out Loud, Maison Foo, Milk Presents, Not Too Tame and Wild Rumpus.

Sarah Brigham (Chief Executive and Artistic Director, Derby Theatre) said:“We are absolutely thrilled to have been awarded the Producing Hubs funding which will enable us to forge and develop new and exciting relationships with artists, local people and organisations across the city and beyond.”

Neil Darlison (Director, Theatre at Arts Council England) said: “These pilots will examine whether a better connected performing arts sector increases production capacity and provides greater opportunities for artists and audiences.”

In addition to the Arts Council England Funding, Derby Theatre along with Bondholders Artcore, Déda, Derby County Community Trust, Derby Museums, QUAD and Sinfonia ViVA, as well as Baby People and East Midlands Caribbean Carnival Arts Network (collectively known as the Derby Cultural Education Partnership) has also been awarded £1.1 million from the Arts Council Youth Performance Partnership Fund for the continuation of This is Derby.

The overall aim of the Arts Council’s Youth Performance Partnerships programme, through This is Derby, is to provide new opportunities for more children and young people, aged 8-18, particularly from areas of low cultural engagement and high levels of deprivation to take part in high quality cultural activities. It is a 3-year programme running until August 2022.

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Bondholders collaborate to deliver 'Essential Life Skills'

Bondholder Derby County Community Trust has launched a £1m project called ‘This Is Derby’ – an Essential Life Skills Programme which is funded by the Department for Education.

This innovative project will be delivered alongside Derby’s Cultural Education Partnership, with fellow Bondholders Déda, Derby Museums, Derby QUAD, Derby Theatre, and Sinfonia Viva, as well as Artcore, Baby People, East Midlands Caribbean Carnival Arts Network and Music Partnership taking a lead role for different areas.

The project is a collaboration between arts, culture and sport for 5-18 year olds in Derby, and was awarded the fund from the Department for Education as Derby is identified as an opportunity area, where educational attainment falls below the national average and alternative provision has been identified as impacting growth and learning.

‘This Is Derby’ will provide a minimum of 12 hours per week of extra-curricular activity in the nine most disadvantaged areas of the city: Abbey, Arboretum, Alvaston, Boulton, Chaddesden, Derwent, Normanton, Mackworth and Sinfin. In addition, there will be a citywide SEND hub, and a digital hub which will be co-ordinated by QUAD and invite the young people involved to enhance their digital skills.

Simon Carnall, Head of Community at Derby County Community Trust, spoke at the launch event, saying: “We are all fantastic organisations delivering amazing work in the city. However, the statistics speak for themselves and even with all this work, we sit at 303rd out 324th for social mobility in the country.

“We need to change, work together and grow to make sure our young people are progressing, achieving and believing in themselves. ‘This Is Derby’ is new, exciting and collaborative, and we can’t wait to hit the ground running and work on ‘closing the gap’ for those young people whose lives are essentially determined by the postcode they were born in."

There will be the opportunity for young people to voice their ideas and opinions on the project in order to ensure it is youth led and caters for the needs of the city’s youth. The project will open up opportunities for children and young people aged 5-18 and their families, but is not wholly exclusive and will not be restricted by means testing.

Alix Manning-Jones, Derby’s Cultural Education Producer, who has spearheaded the bid along with Will Turner from Derby County Community Trust, said: “I’m really enjoying working in partnership with the Trust and other sports organisations that the arts aren’t seen to usually work alongside.

“We’re looking forward to the kick-off roadshows to go to the communities in which they’ll be delivering in October to really begin to see the project in action.”

20 Years of Déda

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More than 100 people who are part of the past, present and future of Déda in Derby's Cathedral Quarter attended a 20th anniversary celebration event at the Chapel Street venue.

They were welcomed by Chair Geoff Sweeney and CEO and Artistic Director Stephen Munn who outlined the key milestones of Déda which is now hailed as the region's leading creative centre in dance, contemporary circus and outdoor performance.

Other speeches on the night were given by Midlands Arts Council England Area Director Peter Knott, Déda’s Head of Dance Development and Learning Clare Limb and former city councillor Mick Walker who helped establish the organisation.

The event also focused on Déda's innovative Derby Dancing project which has been made possible by money raised by National Lottery players. The project is a key part of the 20th anniversary celebrations and was awarded £10,000 National Lottery grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

Guests were invited to share their own experiences and memories of dance as part of the National Lottery funded project, which showcases dance in the city since the 1950s and culminates in an exhibition from September 15 to December 22 at Déda.

The highlight of the evening was three dance performances that represent different facets of the organisation.

Members of Déda’s award-winning youth performance company Bounceback performed a piece entitled ‘Cut to the Chase’ which was choreographed by Alice Marshall and members of the company – representing the extensive Déda|Academy programme.

This was followed by a performance of ‘Ignorance is Bliss’ by MSDC Dance, led artistically by Déda and University of Derby Graduates Megan Smith and Danni Chell. 

Finally Vidya Patel, who is part of the innovative Déda associate artist programme, performed ‘The Beginning’ – choreographed by Smt. Sujata Banerjee.

The performances were followed by a social dancing session in the dance studio led by Carolyn Davies which was an opportunity to learn ballroom steps before guests gathered back in the CUBE Café with live music performed by Corey Mwamba.

Guests included past and present staff, partner organisations such as Artcore, The Mighty Creatives, Derby Book Festival, Maison Foo, the University of Derby, Baby People, Derby Museum, Surtal Arts, Theatre Royal Nottingham, Dance 4, and the Siddiquis (channel 4 Gogglebox) as well as representatives from funding organisations and sponsors including Arts Council England, the National Lottery through HLF and Rolls-Royce plc.

Stephen Munn said: “The Déda family is wide-reaching with an extraordinary number of people nurturing its development over the years. Staff, trustees, partners and audiences have all helped write Déda’s story. I give my personal thanks to everyone involved and look forward to seeing what happens to this remarkable organisation next.” 

Derby City Council Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism Cllr Alan Grimadell added: “With Stephen’s pioneering vision, and assisted by a hugely talented team, Déda is now not only a centre of excellence for dance and dance participation, but is also a leader of national repute within the field of Contemporary Circus practice. 

Déda has evolved and changed over the decades to one of the key cultural organisations in the city. Back in 1991 it was classed as Derby Dance Development and was based at Derby Playhouse.  

It moved premises in 1997 to the renovated Methodist chapel that we’ve come to know and love today. Funded by various arts projects such as the National Lottery and East Midlands Arts, the Derby Dance Centre building was officially opened in January 1998 and in 2008 the name of the company changed to Déda. 

Throughout the building’s 20-year history as the only dedicated dance house in the East Midlands, it has grown from a local dance company that hosted 12 classes a week into an established organisation that has over 50 classes a week and attracts over 53,000 visitors per year. 
 

National Lottery grant for Dance History Project

Local people will be asked to take part in a pioneering new project which aims to document the changing face of dance in Derby since the 1950s.

‘Derby Dancing’ has been launched thanks to a £10,000 National Lottery grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

The project will be curated by bondholder Déda, the Derby-based creative centre for dance, contemporary circus and outdoor performance in Chapel Street, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, Déda will bring together a wide range of partner organisations and volunteers to collate the archive information that already exists. 

This will include past projects that have focused on the Northern Soul scene in the city, the growth of Hip Hop and major community programmes such as Big Dance in 2008.

There will also be extensive outreach work with local communities and individuals – inviting them to share their memories, experiences and any visual material that they may still have.

This will then be exhibited from September to December 2018 at Déda.  There are also plans in the pipeline to take the material on tour across the UK before donating everything to the Local Studies Library so that it is available for future generations.

Stephen Munn, Director of Déda, said: "We are delighted that our application to the Heritage Lottery Fund has been approved. Thank you to National Lottery players for making this exciting project a reality.

"I hope that the project will serve as a reminder of the benefits of dance for individuals including physical exercise, as a creative outlet and a wonderful social activity and the importance of dance within the cultural offer of the city."
 

Derby College’s First Academy Awards

More than 300 people attended Bondholder Derby College’s first Academy Awards which were held at the Roundhouse.

The event celebrated the success, achievements and commitment of employers, staff and students who are involved in the College’s innovative Employer Academies and Employment and Skills Boards.

Derby College works with around 3,000 businesses and organisations with a large proportion involved in helping to shape the curriculum for students and providing work placements, speakers and special projects for students across the College sites in Derby, Morley and Ilkeston.

Derby College Group Chief Executive Mandie Stravino opened the proceedings and said: “Employers are embedded into the work of the College – whether that is working with our curriculum areas to ensure they provide the required skills now and in the future or providing valuable work experience to better prepare young people for the world of work.

“We are extremely grateful for this support and the first Academy Awards celebrate and recognise the valuable role that employers have in this organisation.”

The evening was compered by Derby College Deputy Principal April Hayhurst and presented by Dean Jackson from Bondholder HUUB and Ryan Duckett from Bondholder Derbyshire County Cricket Club.  Awards were presented by Derby College Group CEO Mandie Stravino and Bondholder Derby City Council Leader Cllr Ranjit Banwait.

The awards were followed by live music by Madison Avenue UK and the event raised more than £2,200 For the Derby Breakfast Club initiative which is Derby College’s designated charity partner in 2018.  This brings the total so far raised by students and staff for the cause to more than £6,200.

April Hayhurst concluded: “We now have Employment and Skills Boards working across all curriculum areas and a total of 28 different Employer Academies which have won been recognised as innovative best practice nationally.

”Our first Academy Awards were a huge success and a fitting tribute to all the employers, staff and students who have all worked hard to make these partnerships so effective in bridging the gap between education and employment.”

Awards winners were:

Placement Award: Winner – Capital Travel and Events Academy; runners up - The Finesse Academy and Hannells Business Academy.

Project of the Year: winner – Déda Creative Arts Academy; runners up – Bell Painting and Decorating Academy and the Cricket Derbyshire Academies for sport, catering and hospitality and facilities management.

Visit of the Year: winner – East Midlands Airport Partnership; runners up - Sasie Lindhurst Renewable Energy Academy and Seven Restaurant and Café Bar Academy. 

Speaker of the Year: Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Academy; runners up – Tom Mahwood from Turning Point and Richard Rochester from Young Enterprise.

Charity and Community Investment: winner – Derby College Transitions team; runners up – Flint Street Church and the Poppies Weeping Window fund raising event.

Student of the Year: former Catering and Hospitality student Jack Bowler who has secured a job at Bespoke Inns; runners up – Aaron Curd who now works at Hannells estate agents and Victoria Workman who has a degree apprenticeship with Nottingham-based motor finance company First Response - all following work experience through the companies’ Employer Academy programmes.

Curriculum Employee of the Year: Business lecturer Lorna Edwards; runners up – Ruth Benn, Travel and Tourism and Bill Bentley, Construction.

Work Experience Officer of the Year: winner – Emma Holden; runners up – Sophie Ballard and Lacey Collins.

Employment and Skills Board of the Year: Winner – Rail Industry Employment and Skills Board; runners up – Professional Construction and Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Skills.

Employer Academy of the Year: winner – Atlas Building and Groundworks Academy; runners up – Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Bespoke Inns.

Employer Academy of the Year: Cricket Derbyshire Academies; runners up – HUUB Marketing and Product Development Academy and First Response Business and Finance Academy.

Derby Remembers

As part of the Derby Remembers programme, run in conjunction with the Weeping Window display at Derby Silk Mill, Bondholder QUAD has developed a digital trail. 

The free to download Derby Remembers Digital Trail is an app for smartphones and tablets designed to give a walking tour of the city centre, featuring eleven monuments and stories of Derby and its resident during the First World War. 

The Trail covers significant historical and cultural sites in Derby – including The Silk Mill, and Bondholders Déda, Derby CathedralDerby Museum & Art Gallery, QUAD and Royal Crown Derby.

To get the app for iOS devices on the App Store, click here.
To get the app for Android phones, click here.

Déda to Champion All Dance

Bondholder Déda has been selected by Arts Derbyshire and Derbyshire County Council as the Creative Producer for a two-year project which will develop and celebrate the talents of disabled people.

The project will be the latest stage in the county’s pioneering All Dance programme, spearheaded by Derbyshire County Council, Arts Derbyshire and Arts Council England.

All Dance was launched as part of the Cultural Olympiad celebrations in Derbyshire in 2012.

In the latest stage of the All Dance programme, Déda is looking to recruit a team of eight Lead Dance Artists and four Support Dance Artists who will work with disabled people across the eight districts and boroughs in the county to create and perform new and unique pieces of dance.

Déda’s Head of Dance Development and Learning Clare Limb, who will lead the programme, said: “The underpinning notion of All Dance is to enable disabled people in Derbyshire to take part in high quality dance activities for the first time and to bring together participants with dance artists to perform in a professionally supported celebration event, one of which will be in The Déda Theatre in their highly accessible building on Chapel Street in Derby

“This ambitious programme will be developed over the next two years and will involve elements of dance and contemporary circus.

"We will also be giving opportunities for the graduates and undergraduates on the University of Derby’s BA Hons Dance degree which is based here at Déda and other emerging dance artists to support the professional team and gain valuable work experience.”

Bondholders' Creative Collaboration

Bondholder Déda and Derby Museums Trust have teamed up to design an eye catching, and dynamic collection box, created in the workshops at the Silk Mill Museum.

The one-off piece of art has been designed to highlight Déda's charitable status and ambitions as well as to raise funds for its work across local communities. All money raised will be doubled by Arts Council England.

Designer and maker Graeme Smith, who created the collection box for Déda, explained: “The lit box with quirky hinged movements is inspired by a stained-glass window which has been preserved from the original chapel on the site.

“It is etched with silhouetted figures of participants and artists from a range of Déda activities.”

Déda Development Manager Jess Boyle explained: “The impetus for this project is to highlight to the wide range of people who visit Déda, that we are a charity so we rely on grants and public donations.

“We were keen to team up with Derby Museums, particularly with the design team at the Silk Mill, and are really pleased with the results. The collection box is stunning and our younger visitors in particular love to watch the dancers spin every time a coin is dropped in.

“It cleverly reflects both the history of our building here in Chapel Street as well as the grace and fluidity of movement - embodying our mission as a creative centre for dance, contemporary circus and outdoor work.

Derby Festé Announces Dates

Derby Festé has been a highlight in the city’s calendar for the past 11 years and this year’s festival will be held on Friday September 29 and Saturday September 30 with the theme of fusing Western and Eastern cultures in the most spectacular fashion.

Regular visitors to Festé will have noticed that the festival is slightly later this year and this is to enable it to coincide with the climax of the Navratri Festival.

The nine-day Hindu festival, which is celebrated across the world, finishes on Friday September 29 and is even more significant this year as it coincides with the 70th anniversary celebrations of India’s independence.

Derby Festé will open on Friday night at Bass’ Recreation Ground which will be transformed into ‘Circus World’ from late afternoon.

Saturday will see the return of the popular free programme of street entertainment across the Cathedral Quarter and St Peters Quarter with dance, street theatre, comedy and contemporary circus acts performing throughout the day at various locations.

Then late afternoon, the focus will be on South Asian style cultural celebrations and the crowds will gather for the ‘Colour of Time’ procession.

Dancers and musicians will move through the city centre in a choreographed parade towards Cathedral Green with the audience invited to join the finale - painting the sky with an explosion of Gulal powder.

The Night Market, organised by Sheena Holland was a popular addition to the Festé calendar last year and will again feature a wide range of arts, crafts and vintage stalls as well as food and drink stalls.

Derby Festé 2017 is produced and presented by Bondholders Derby LIVE, Déda, QUAD and Derby Theatre in association with the Without Walls Associate Touring Network, Artcore and Baby People. It is funded by Arts Council England and  Bondholders Derby City Council, with sponsorship from the Cathedral Quarter BID, intu Derby, Derby Riverlights, Park Farm Shopping Centre and the University of Derby.

Bondholder Expansion for JJPR

Bondholder JJ Public Relations has been appointed by fellow Marketing Derby Bondholder Clean Slate to raise its profile across the Midlands and East Anglia.

JJPR is headed by Sarah Jenkin-Jones, a former Derby Telegraph journalist with more than 25 years’ experience in the PR industry.

Sarah said: “Clean Slate has a great story to tell as one of the Midlands’ largest family-owned commercial cleaning companies and we are delighted to have the opportunity to work with them.”

Clean Slate Project Manager Clair Wood added: “With on-going expansion, the time is right to raise our profile amongst the business community in the Midlands, South Yorkshire and East Anglia. JJPR’s media contacts and high level of customer service made them the natural choice for this campaign.”

Clean Slate joins JJPR’s impressive client portfolio of businesses and organisations including Bondholders Derby College, HUUB, Derby Cathedral Quarter, Sinfonia Viva, Déda, G Wathall & Son and Lonsdale Swimming and Sports Trust.