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Déda reveals details of summer programme

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Déda has announced details of its summer programme, which includes dance, events and exhibitions.

The Chapel Street venue has reopened its doors to the public following the easing of lockdown, including its café bar, after implementing a number of measures to keep visitors Covid-safe.

Deda’s professional dance studios are alive once more with dance and movement courses for young people aged two to 19 years old.

There is also a programme of drop-in adult classes, including new styles such as Soca Dance Fitness and Solo Latin.

The international photography festival FORMAT returns to Deda’s building, with a selection of Open Call projects that explore manifestations of the festival theme ‘Control’.

Deda will showcase the work of LeiLei, Anouchka Renaud-Eck, Tami Aftab, Juan Orrantia and Heather Agyepong, which observe the struggle for control from different angles.

Late summer will see even more culture from Deda, including the return of Derby Festé festival from Friday 24 September to Sunday 26 September.

Steve Slater, director at Deda, said: “So, here we are again, coming out of another lockdown and throwing open our doors finally to welcome the much-delayed FORMAT Festival, with a number of incredible artists on show around the building.

“While our doors have been closed, we have not been quiet – making plans for the future and putting in motion some changes to the look of the building, which you will see taking shape over the summer.

“With some new faces on the team and our energy, creativity and eagerness to connect with the people of Derby on an all-time high, we are looking forward to seeing you in our classes, events and cafe again as the programme begins to rebuild and renew. Come and see us soon!”

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