Derby QUAD

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.”


The UK's largest photography festival will be returning to Derby this March. 

From the 23rd March FORMAT17 will showcase the work of 200 international artists and photographers, across 30 exhibitions.

The wide range of projects on display at FORMAT17 are connected by the theme Habitat - exploring landscape, environment, mobility, digital worlds, home, conflict and regeneration. 

The exhibition will take place at a number of key venues, including Bondholders Derby QUAD and Derby Museum and Art Gallery

The photography exhibition was first established in 2004, and has welcomed thousands of visitors over the years. 

FORMAT is organised by QUAD and Bondholder the University of Derby. Supported by Arts Council England, Bondholder Derby City Council and multiple partners from the UK and international origins. 

Bondholder Derby Riverlights is also set to play host to the exhibition this year. 

For more information, please click here.

£4.9M to help Creative & Digital Businesses Grow

Local Enterprise Partnership, D2N2 has set up a new £4.9million investment programme to help the creative and digital industries (CDI) sector to expand and attract new customers.

A new programme, the Creative and Digital Industries D2N2 Consortium for increased SME Competitiveness, will launch this year and is due to last three years. CDI is one of the D2N2 LEP’s eight key sectors.

Over half of the total investment will come from programme partners, which included Bondholders Derby QUAD, Derby Theatre and the University of Derby.

The programme will offer services to businesses under the brand name of “The Big House”. Many of the programme’s services will be offered online. It is estimated that around 500 CDI sector businesses will be helped over the three years.

Businesses will be able to get advice on: 

·         Getting established, if they are a start-up company.
·         Accessing grants and business management help which enables their company to grow, become more efficient and bring products to market more quickly.
·         A high growth programme, aimed at firms seen as having the greatest growth potential (digital enterprises are a fast growing part of the sector across the D2N2 area).
·         Additional projects to grow the numbers of black and ethnic minority employees, and women workers, who are currently under-represented in the CDI sector.

The Big House project also received £500,000 from Arts Council England in February and will additionally attract private sector backing.

Peter Richardson, chair of the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “We have a growing creative and digital industries sector, often in need of sound business advice on how to expand. D2N2’s new programme aims to address their needs.

“Our £2.4million investment in this initiative and the wide range of partners we are engaging, across both of our counties, shows the LEP’s commitment to this key sector”.

Derby celebrates Lara's 20th Anniversary


Developed 20 years ago by Core Design in Derby, Tomb Raider's heroine Lara Croft is now a household name worldwide.

The game series was originally conceived at the now defunct Core Design studios on Ashbourne Road, but the legacy lives on with part of Derby's ring road being named Lara Croft Way, not to mention the references throughout Marketing Derby promotional videos

Bondholder Derby QUAD will be holding the Lara Croft 20th Anniversary Celebration event with the full catalogue of Tomb Raider games available to play as well as an array of Derby-based memorabilia with 20 years of gaming history.

Also screening as part of the event, Lethal and Loaded is a documentary from 2001 following the rise and success of Core Design's game character Lara Croft. Following the film there will be a Q&A with Core developers including special guests Judith Gibbins, the voice of Lara Croft in Tomb Raider 2 & 3; Iain Simons, Game City/National Videogame Arcade in Nottingham; and Alex Davies, Core Design's Developer for Tomb Raider: Angel of Darkness.

The anniversary event takes place at Derby QUAD on Saturday 22nd October from 11am - 4pm and is a free drop-in event suitable for all ages, although children under 12 years must be accompanied by an adult. The Lethal and Loaded screening and Q&A session is at 6pm and will require ticket costing £5 — booking is essential.

Dragons bring magic to Derby

The tenth annual Derby Festé will return to the city centre this Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th September with a packed programme of spectacular family entertainment featuring a host of top local, national and international artists and performers.

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

The fun starts on the evening of Friday September 23 with a performance of Carousel by the Southpaw Dance Company on Cathedral Green.

The headline act on Friday evening will be the return of the stunning giant fire-breathing Sarruga Dragons that took the city by storm at the first Festé in 2007. The breath-taking parade will start at Derby Riverlights and wind its way through the city centre and into the Cathedral Quarter, before making a spectacular entrance into the Market Place.

From 9.45pm, the Market Place will then be transformed into a party space with The New York Brass Band and Alex Blood and the Diggers performing live on stage.

Throughout the evening, the popular Night Market by Sheena Holland which has become a popular calendar date in the Cathedral Quarter will be set up in the Market Place – offering an eclectic mix of vintage crafts and food and drink stalls for visitors to enjoy.

On Saturday September 24, the Cathedral Quarter, St Peter’s Cross, Riverlights and Intu Derby shopping centre will be a bustling hub of street entertainment featuring more than 20 different acts including dance, aerial performance, theatre, comedy and contemporary circus.

The climax of Derby Festé will see Derby’s Bass’ Recreation Ground transformed into a magical underwater spectacle on Saturday evening. French company Transe Express will bring its brand new outdoor performance MÚ which will be only its second performance in the UK.

Derby Festé Artistic Director Stephen Munn, Director at regional dance house Déda explained: “We are delighted to have two such spectacular headline performances over the Festé weekend. The Sarruga Dragons and MÚ show two different but equally stunning aspects of outdoor performance."

MÚ is Derby Festé’s only ticketed event. Gates open at 7pm for an 8pm performance. Prices are £7 each and are available to purchase on the door or via the Derby LIVE Box Office 

All the other performances are free

HUUB opens new city centre showroom

Found of HUUB, Dean Jackson, pictures with triathletes Jonathan and Alistair Brownlee.

Bondholder HUUB will today be celebrating the opening of its new showroom — the former Park Bikeworks building — with about 200 staff, customers and fellow Marketing Derby Bondholders.

HUUB will be going all-out with a screening of the triathlon event from the Rio Olympics at Bondholder QUAD, the announcement of a new sponsorship deal and various guests of honour set to attend the event.

We are obviously hoping for Alistair and Jonny to emulate their London 2012 success and, hopefully, spurred on by some good positive thinking from the crowd here in Derby, we hope that they will both be back on the podium in Rio.
— Dean Jackson, HUUB Limited

Dean Jackson, Founder of HUUB, said: "Some of the finest triathletes and para-triathletes in the world will be wearing our wetsuits and swim suits so the Olympics is a massive event for our young company."

He continued: "We are obviously hoping for Alistair and Jonny to emulate their London 2012 success and, hopefully, spurred on by some good positive thinking from the crowd here in Derby, we hope that they will both be back on the podium in Rio."

Special guests include representatives from the City of Derby swimming club, whose star swimmer Adam Peaty took home gold and silver in Rio whilst breaking two world records.

Nine-year-old Bailey Matthews will also be attending the event, who set up and carried out the Be More Bailey triathlon in partnership with HUUB back in July.

In the new showroom, HUUB will be showcasing its range of wetsuits and apparel along with Boardman Bikes and top French sunglasses and helmet manufacturer Ekoi.