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Finalists revealed for Food & Drink Awards

The finalists for the 11th Marketing Derby Food & Drink Awards have been revealed! Let's take a look at who's lucky enough to be in the running to be crowned the city's finest...

Restaurant of the Year
The Palfrey
Lotus Indian Kitchen
The Wonky Table

Best café
The Coffee House at Derby Museums
The Squashed Tomato
Derby QUAD Café

Excellence in Customer Service
Remember this award is voted for by YOU, via the Derby Telegraph
Milk & Honey Deli
Katherine's Gift & Coffee Bar
Elements Tea & Coffee House
The Exeter Arms
Lisa Jean at Bennetts
Kava Coffee Bar

Best bar
The Orange Tree
The Palfrey
Suds and Soda

Best pub
The Bell & Castle
The Blessington Carriage
The Dog & Moon

Most family friendly
The Coffee House at Derby Museums
Bluebell Dairy cafe

Best newcomer
Annie's Burger Shack
The Creaky Floorboard
Elements Tea & Coffee House

Best international
La Pizza
Annie's Burger Shack

Best out of town - the competition was so high, we have four finalists in this category!
Cock Inn at Mugginton
Vegan Revelation
Amalfi White
The Shed at Hilton

Congratulations to this year's finalists!

The winners will be announced at the Roundhouse on the 7th October at an exciting ceremony with guest speakers, food and drink stalls (The Market Place) and more!

Everyone is invited to the awards ceremony, so if you would like to attend simply register here


Book your place

You can now look forward to the first Autumn Edition of the Derby Book Festival, taking place on 26th and 27th October.

The Autumn Festival will feature the usual eclectic mix of fiction and non-fiction events featuring some of the most popular genres: politics, thrillers, adventure … and lots more.

Tickets go on sale from Monday 9 September, when you'll also be able to pick up a copy of the programme from Bondholder QUAD, libraries, arts venues, cafés and tourist offices, or read about it online at:

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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


Cyber software launched

A reformed criminal mastermind once dubbed ‘Britain’s Greatest Fraudster’ has teamed up with Bondholder RDS Global to launch its new cyber protection software.

Former hacker Tony Sales has warned Derbyshire businesses that the biggest threat to online security is ourselves. Tony, who after a stretch in prison is now on the right side of the law, helps police and organisations around the world to protect themselves against cyber crime.

An event was held last week at fellow Bondholder Derby QUAD with an audience of 120 Derbyshire-based business people, to launch RDS Global’s RDS Black Box™ technology - new software which cost £1m to develop and connects and integrates data to deliver a real-time dashboard.


The front man of We Fight Fraud, a collaboration between leading fraud and financial crime prevention specialists from diverse backgrounds said: “I go all over the world showing people how easy it is to be scammed - opportunities allow criminals to do their stuff.”

He added: “Loss information is flawed and no one wants to share this information - this has to change. 99.9 percent of websites are now hacked and people don’t understand this. 1.3 billion people had their information stolen in 2016. I want people to understand how important data is, and we are the weakest link.”

Speaking of the RDS Global launch party, he said: “The event was great. The RDS Global’s Black Box laser experience is the best thing I’ve seen at a business event and I’m looking forward to trying the technology.”

RDS’s patent pending solution is capable of connecting different systems and controllers, and porting multiple data feeds into one place. This can be hosted on site or in the cloud, from where detailed reports are generated live through personalised dashboards.

RDS’s chief executive officer Andrew Flinn said: “At RDS Global, we are passionate about technology and want businesses to embrace the ever-evolving industry as well as use it to their advantage. We are excited to officially launch the RDS Black Box as it will drive positive change and efficiency in business.”

To find out more, visit

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.


On a mission

Bondholder QUAD answered a call made by Marketing Derby on behalf of the Midlands Engine for creative businesses to join a trade mission to the Hangzhou Cultural and Creative Industry Expo in the Zhejiang province of China.

QUAD decided that this was a mission for its in-house technical team - TechsQUAD.

TechsQUAD is a team of creatives, designers and digital technicians specialising in technical design and delivery.

QUAD were one of 60 creative businesses who applied for the 15 available places and were successful to join the Midlands Engine and showcase its business and meet with Alibaba, China’s biggest online retailer, wholesaler and payment platform.

Over half a million people visited the Midlands Engine Pavillion over the 5 days of the Expo and Dr Alex Rock, Head of Technical and Commercial Services at QUAD was able to meet with a variety of businesses and dignitaries including an international video games company, senior politicians, senior figures within the British Embassy and senior civic leaders to test the market for its products and services.

TechsQUAD specialise in emerging technologies such as augmented reality, virtual reality and projection mapping to bring Heritage centres to life and thought that this would be the offer that potential Chinese customers would be focusing on.

In fact, Alex was pleasantly surprised as he is now following up leads with a Chinese estate agent, who is looking to use augmented reality to show American properties to Chinese customers and a video games company who is working with a travel agency to bring a cruise ship to life using the technology to entice customers to book.

“It was a really worthwhile visit and an amazing opportunity to make useful contacts to showcase the technology that we can provide. I have learnt a lot about the Chinese market and the requirements to follow up.

“I would encourage businesses to take advantage of future trade missions to test out the market for their products. It is a fantastic opportunity and you never know where it may lead you to.”

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.”

Quad celebrates 10 years


Bondholder QUAD Derby celebrates its 10th Anniversary this month with special films, exhibitions and events planned.

Since it opened to the public on 26th September 2008 QUAD has welcomed 3.5 million visitors through its doors. As well as a diverse cinema programme packed with independent, Hollywood and foreign language titles, QUAD has shown over 200 exhibitions, 4,000 films and established FORMAT International Photography Festival as one of the UK’s leading international contemporary festivals of photography and related media.

QUAD has been at the heart of Derby’s cultural scene since it opened and is internationally recognised for providing quality and excellence in the Arts. QUAD delivers an exciting, innovative and diverse programme which is popular with visitors of all ages, with a reputation in Photography, digital innovation & family friendly events. The venue organises Derby Film Festival, FORMAT International Photography Festival and Summer Nights Outdoor Film Festival. QUAD is a partnership between Bondholder Derby City Council and Arts Council England.

There are a series of celebratory events including the Best of 10 Ten film season with ten titles chosen from each year that the venue has been open.

QUAD will also revisit one of its opening exhibitions, Bill Drummond’s The17: Slice Through Derby, offers a chance to see friends, family and colleagues among the 1,700 people who took part in a unique performance event.

Other celebrations include a QUAD Members screening, a Marketing Derby Bondholder event, VIP events and a free screening of the Greatest Showman on Derby Market Place.

Derby Festé will also be marking the ten-year anniversary with a film which will be on view to the public using projection mapping onto the QUAD Building.

Adam Buss, QUAD CEO said “QUAD is a charity and cultural hub in the heart of Derby. And nothing makes us prouder than creating new experiences, memories and skills with the people that visit and support our cinema, workshops, exhibitions and Café bar.

"The past ten years has flown by, but we hope we’ve stayed true to our aims and ambitions which we haven’t changed since opening. We always wanted to provide an accessible, friendly and exciting venue that is a creative beacon for those in Derby and a pioneering landmark from those outside the city. We hope, in short that we’ve achieved something which has been much more than the sum of its parts. Here’s to the next ten years!”

As part of its 10 year celebration, QUAD will be holding a free outdoor screening of The Greatest Showman at the Market Place on Wednesday 26th September. For more information click here.

Still Capturing Reality

It’s a year since Bondholder Mixed Realities, now known as V21, completed their first 3D Virtual Tour of Bondholder Derby College’s iconic Roundhouse, for Bondholder Roundhouse Events. This work went on to inspire them to create an innovative and engaging interactive map, featuring 14 virtual tours of spaces in Derby, including Bondholders Derby Cathedral Tower, Derby Museums and Art Gallery, Pickford’s House and of course The Roundhouse. They have recently added Banks Mill Studios to the map, capturing all 5 floors, containing 30 creative studios.

In the summer they went on to successfully experiment how to create a fully immersive CGI/VR environment using the data capture from the original laser scan of the Roundhouse. The result, an amazing tool for visualisation and redevelopment projects, presented at the FBE event at The Roundhouse with Bondholder Maber, in September 2017.

Since September 2017, V21 Artspace has presented over 20 Virtual Exhibitions for Galleries and Museums in Derby, Nottingham and London. including the one-time only world exclusive “Dinosaurs of China - Ground Shakers To Feathered Flyers” exhibited at Nottingham Wollaton Hall and Nottingham Lakeside Arts from July to October 2017. In December 2017 they branched out to the US. New York based associate, Sylvia Mead, already has 2 exhibitions under her belt, captured at Art Basel Miami. They are excited to be presenting their first New York virtual exhibition very soon and are collaborating with some major organisations on upcoming projects.

From late February their space at 21 Cornmarket will be used as exhibition space, V21 Gallery. They are hosting an opening exhibition “Life & Death” by artists David Booth MRBS and Keith Newlove. The exhibition launches on Friday 23rd February 2018 details of opening times can be found here. They will produce a 3D Virtual Exhibition making it accessible to anyone unable to visit.

Owners, Claire Cutts and Joe Clark, wholeheartedly agree that even though the last year has been a major challenge, as it is for any start-up business, this has been massively outweighed by having the opportunity to with some amazing Bondholders in Derby, including Derby Museums, Quad and Mainframe.

View the work of V21 below:

Interactive MapBanks Mill Studios, The Roundhouse, Dinosaurs of China, V21 Space, V21 Artspace 


Bright Future for Riverlights

Derby’s Riverlights complex has been made available for purchase following three years of investment and asset enhancement.

Moorfield Group, a London-based asset management company purchased Riverlights in 2015 for £16.5million. At the time of purchase, the complex had seen a lack of investment since opening, whilst ground floor retail units had continued to lie empty.

Moorfield bought the complex with the intention of improving its value through a scheme of redevelopment and proactive lettings.

After three years of work, that process has finished. The hotels, Premier Inn and Bondholder Holiday Inn, have now taken leases of the ground floor units, leaving only the rear one available, above which a new gym is set to open, a new digital advertising screen is due to be installed and the cladding above the bus station has been cleaned and repaired. Moorfield have also provided greater security, improved public realm and supported pop-up events from Bondholders Derby Quad and University of Derby, in addition to Bustler Market and Feste.

This has led to an increase in value with the scheme being marketed for £21.5million. 

John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby, said, “Following Moorfield’s scheme of improvements, Riverlights is seeing greater footfall. We are pleased to see that the investment has paid off for them and we look forward to welcoming the new owners in due course, and working closely with them to continue the improvement of this part of the city.”

He continued, “Derby City Council has plans for the future of the River Gardens which will have an impact, whilst the Bus Station extension and Riverlights Phase 2 development site offer the opportunity to make this a key location in the St Peter’s Quarter.”

Last Orders for Mainframe

Mainframe, based at Bondholder Quad, have extended the deadline to enter the first Mainframe Awards to 2nd February due to popular demand.

Mainframe is an initiative that aims to bring together a community of digital and creative business across Derby & Derbyshire, enabling real business growth and jobs.

Knowing that some of the UK's most talented digital and creative businesses call Derby and Derbyshire home, the Mainframe Awards offer an opportunity to highlight and celebrate the work they do.

The hopes for Mainframe are that it will become a sustainable community of local digital and creative people, sharing their talent, knowledge and inspiration.

A Grand Opening for Air-IT

Bondholder Air-It, who provide managed ICT services to local businesses, have celebrated the grand opening of their new office. 

Established in 2005 by CEO, Todd McQuilkin, Air-IT relocated their main operations to Interchange 25 Business Park earlier this year after out-growing their previous home. In his opening speech, McQuilkin described the last 12 years as an “incredible journey” and commended present-day Managing Director, James Healey for his tireless passion to expand and drive the company forward since stepping into the role last year.

Healey commented: “I am very proud of how far Air-IT has come in the last 12 years. As well as consistent growth, we have enjoyed excellent levels of client retention.

“Ultimately, the decision to relocate to Interchange 25 Business Park has enabled us to provide a place where our team can thrive and feel at home so we can continue delivering excellent levels of service. It is also ideally located for us to carry on supporting our clients in Nottingham as well as expanding our presence into Derby and Leicester to fuel further growth.”

Since renamed as The Technology Hub, the building was also lit up from the outside by Bondholder Derby Quad’s TECH:SQUAD, who used projection mapping technology to create a visual light show fitting of the new occupants brand.

Additionally, following on from the success of their first Cyber Security Resilience and GDPR Readiness event last Autumn Air-IT are hosting a second free event at the home of Derbyshire County Cricket Club on Wednesday 7th February 2018.

The Mainframe Awards

Based at Bondholder Derby QUAD, the Mainframe Awards present the perfect opportunity to celebrate Derby and Derbyshire's digital & creative businesses.

With 10 categories covering everything from Best Digital Start-up to Creativity for Good and Rising Digital Star, Mainframe invite businesses, organisations and individuals from all sectors to enter, presenting a comprehensive showcase of the innovative spirit that exist in Derby & Derbyshire. 


To enter the awards, please click here.

QUAD's BlockBustler

Bondholder QUAD has announced its new project 'BlockBustler' - a partnership with Bustler Market. 

BlockBustler will involve immersive film screenings at Bustler Market at Bondholder Derby’s Riverlights. Guests will be encouraged to attend in costume, with live entertainment, street food, bars and a few other surprises.

The first event, taking place on October 31st, will be Derby’s first Day of the Dead-themed party. Based on the Mexican “Dia de los Muertos” festival, the chosen film will be From Dusk til Dawn, a cult B-movie, starring George Clooney, Harvey Keitel, Quentin Tarantino and Salma Hayek. 

Adam Marsh, QUAD Cinema programmer, said, “It’s a great opportunity to be working with the Bustler Market on this event. The film From Dusk ‘Til Dawn is Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino’s genre mashup about two criminal brothers on the run after a bank heist gone wrong, starring George Clooney, Harvey Keitel, Juliette Lewis and Salma Hayek.“ 
Stuart Costen, Bustler Market, said, “We are really excited to launch BlockBustler with QUAD, Derby’s independent Cinema and Gallery. We think that Day of the Dead, at Halloween, is a great opportunity for people in Derby to do something a little different, get dressed up and have some fun. We look forward to this being the first in a series of events throughout the year.” 

Adam Marsh, QUAD Cinema programmer, said, “It’s a great opportunity to be working with the Bustler Market on this event. The film From Dusk ‘Til Dawn is Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino’s genre mashup about two criminal brothers on the run after a bank heist gone wrong, starring George Clooney, Harvey Keitel, Juliette Lewis and Salma Hayek.“ 

Stuart Costen, Bustler Market, said, “We are really excited to launch BlockBustler with QUAD, Derby’s independent Cinema and Gallery. We think that Day of the Dead, at Halloween, is a great opportunity for people in Derby to do something a little different, get dressed up and have some fun. We look forward to this being the first in a series of events throughout the year.” 

Tickets cost £20, are available from and include a free drink on arrival. The event is for over 18's only. Fancy dress is strongly encouraged. 

QUAD Awarded £1.8m

Bondholder QUAD is once again part of the Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisations after the funding awards for the next four years were announced this week.

Adam Buss, QUAD CEO said “QUAD is once again very excited to be part of the Arts Council National Portfolio. This is a significant vote of confidence in the work that happens both here at QUAD and in Derby as a whole  to use the arts as a powerful tool to inspire audiences and change people’s lives for the better.

"Arts Council have committed to over £10million of investment to Derby over the next four years and this is a reflection of the partnership ethos that is evidenced by events such as FORMAT (the UK’s leading photography festival), Festé, (one of the largest street arts festivals in the UK) and the recent Derby Remembers campaign all of which attract thousands of visitors to the city, many for the first time.

"Derby now has eight national portfolio organisations, the most in our history, and we would like to congratulate our partners Baby People, Déda, Derby Museums, Derby Theatre, EMCCAN and Viva. We would also like to celebrate the inclusion of Artcore into the national portfolio and look forward to working with them in the future as another vital part of the cultural life of the city.”

Peter Knott, Area Director, Arts Council England said: "Derby QUAD brings creative media, visual arts and photography to the heart of Derbyshire and we're delighted to be investing in them over the next four years.

"From their internationally recognised FORMAT festival to their workshops for local people, Derby QUAD have shown that they are committed to providing arts for everyone, and it will be great to see them go from strength to strength."

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.

New Chair for Quad

Bondholder Derby QUAD has announced a new Chair of its Board of Directors. Following eight years, Gordon Mitchel has stepped down as QUAD’s Chairman and Professor Judith Lamie, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Head of External Affairs at Bondholder the University of Derby, will take over the role.

Professor Judith Lamie said “It’s an honour and a privilege to take over from Gordon, and I’m looking forward to being involved in QUAD. As well as being a cultural hub for the city, QUAD works with a wide variety of people, especially the Creative Wellbeing programme: from young people within the Autistic spectrum to the dementia friendly film screenings.

"In my role of promoting Derby outside of the city, I’m also really interested in the impact of QUAD’s FORMAT International Photography Festival.”

Adam Buss, Chief Executive of QUAD, said “‘Gordon has been a key driver in the establishment of QUAD as a key cultural venue in Derby and in driving our national and international reputation. His guidance and skill has been crucial and he has enabled us to reach hundreds of thousands of people every year.

"Judith Lamie will take over as chair and her role as the lead for External Relations for the University of Derby plus her international development experience will enable QUAD to continue to thrive and grow.

"I would like to thank both Gordon for his incredible hard work and diligence and Judith for taking on this role and helping to guide us through our next phase of development.”

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.

£2.5m Regeneration for Derby Cathedral

Bondholder Derby Cathedral has unveiled plans for £2.5 million five-year regeneration project, which will help establish the venue as an entertainment and heritage centre. 

The Cathedral will be introducing innovations, such as digital technology to allow Derby and Derbyshire characters, such as Bess of Hardwick - who is buried in the 18th century building - to "tell their own stories" to visitors.

Other works will see regeneration of the facilities at the Cathedral, including new flexible seating, restoration of the organ, and renewal of the concrete flooring. 

Rev Dr Sue Jones, acting Dean of Derby, said: "The project will enhance the ability of the cathedral – already the largest seated venue inside the ring road - to host events and concerts on a far larger scale. It will attract new visitors to the city centre and bring the city to life at night.

"We want to enable the cathedral to offer a gathering place for events and services large and small. This will invigorate the city centre and help the cathedral's work to continue for centuries to come."

The message we’ve received from our consultations is clear. Visitors and worshippers want more comfortable seating, they want to explore more of the history of the building, and they want a more varied range of events in the Cathedral. Through Revealing the Derby Story, we will make this happen.
— Rachel Morris - Chapter Steward, Derby Cathedral

Derby Cathedral has been working in partnership with fellow Bondholder Derby QUAD, On Event Production Co and the University of Derby, to help bring the project to life. 

Adam Buss, Chief Executive of Derby QUAD, said: "The Cathedral's most famous monument is Bess of Hardwick's tomb. We will be able to develop cutting-edge apps and interpretative technology which will allow Bess and others commemorated in the Cathedral to tell their own stories."



We see this as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Derby students to be involved in a step-changing project. There are so many opportunities here for our students, whether they are studying engineering or music, events management or history, and we are very excited about the potential of this project.
— Kathryn Mitchell - Vice-Chancellor, University of Derby

Quad Smashes Records

Figures have been announced for Bondholder QUAD’s recent exhibition, What a Loving, and Beautiful World by Japanese collective teamLab, smashing all previous records.

The exhibition attracted over 19,000 visitors, and featured an installation of projected computer generated artworks featuring twenty-two Sino-Japanese nature-inspired characters, including sun, moon, water, trees and birds, by the calligrapher Shishū.

Adam Buss, CEO of QUAD, said: “This exhibition has brought in so many new visitors to the venue. It is testament to how potentially complex digital technology can be presented in an inspiring and accessible way to engage with audiences of all ages.”

QUAD Curator Peter Bonnell added “What a Loving, and Beautiful World’ is actually about people coming together and these visitor figures demonstrate the appeal of great art.”