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The latest news from producers, makers, venues and events organisers from around Derby and Derbyshire. If you have news to add to this page, then email us to let us know about it:

February News at National Centre for Creative Health

The new National Centre for Creative Health has grown out of the work led by the  All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Arts, Health and Wellbeing.

The APPG’s two-year inquiry led to the publication of the Creative Health report in 2017. Since then, the APPG has been working to support implementation of the ten recommendations in Creative Health. Recommendation 1 was for a national strategic centre to advance good practice, promote collaboration, coordinate and disseminate research and inform policy and delivery.

Sizeable Grant Brings Sinfonia Viva Plans A Step Closer

Sinfonia Viva, the Grammy-nominated Orchestra of the East Midlands, is forging ahead with plans to bring high quality music back into the lives of thousands of people thanks to a major grant from one of the most respected charitable institutions in the UK.

Work starts on first phase of £340m regeneration scheme

Work has started on the first phase of a major £340 million regeneration scheme. 

Construction work is now underway on One Waterside Place, a building that represents the first phase of the Basin Square character area, within the Chesterfield Waterside regeneration scheme.

When complete, the seven-storey office building will provide Grade A offices totalling 32,000 sq ft, alongside a retail unit of circa 5,200 sq ft.

Construction of the property is well underway and delivery is estimated in September.

What's happening at Designate this month?

Looking forward, upwards and onwards! We hope you are all coping with the strains and tribulations that the virus has caused us all. We have managed to keep busy with juggling home-schooling, maintenance and future business plans.

Designate @ The Gate

Relax, Recall, Write!

Always wanted to write your memoir? Share your unique story with loved ones? But don’t know where to start? Then join experienced local writer-facilitators Lynn Ludditt and Leonie Martin for this 10-week ‘first steps’ course.

Five sessions will be delivered ‘correspondence-style’ via email/post alternated with five ‘live and interactive’ Zoom workshops. Each session includes fun and engaging, bite-sized writing exercises and activities, with a focus on both reminiscence and writing for wellbeing.

Aesthetica: Creative Writing Entries are now OPEN

Entries are now open to poets and writers with the opportunity to have your work published and receive £5000 of prizes.

The Creative Writing Award is open to Poetry and Short Fiction submissions on any theme, however, we are particularly interested in works that reflect upon our ever changing world.

Fun ideas to make the most of Half Term

School’s out, and parents everywhere, including those of us at InDerby, are looking for ways to give our children a break from home learning and spending so much time on their screens.

While we don’t claim to have all the answers, we have found some great activities for all ages to keep them occupied. Some of these may start on the PC, but should spark their imaginations enough to get them going offline!