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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:

Stainsby's 50th is cool - Official!

The weather forecast is glorious. Dry and warm with the temperatures a more bearable 21 to 25 degrees.

So this year's 50th festival is going to be totally cool in every sense of the word.

☀ And because the weather's looking so good, and this is after all number 50, we're expecting a heavy turnout.

Bring your very smallest tents and shuffle up close!!

It looks like being very cosy. And remember NO Gazebos, pretty please!

What's On This Month At Matlock's Most Creative of Venues?

Well what a start to the summer and long may it continue! People have certainly made the most of it here @ Designate.
This month we are hosting  9th, 21st, 40th & 70th birthday celebrations and the beach is proving to be the favourite space.
So why don't you join us this weekend as we showcase the venue and all it has to offer! 

Our beach garden is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy some quality time with a group of friends or the family. A real sun trap that you won't want to leave. 

Give the NHS same freedom from politics as the Bank of England, best-selling author says

Funding decisions on the future of the NHS should be taken out of party politics and handed over to an autonomous body in the same way the Bank of England decides interest rates, former doctor and best-selling author Adam Kay told Buxton International Festival.

Adam published his book This Is Going To Hurt, which has sold more than 400,000 copies, to counter what he called the Government lie that the junior doctors’ strike had been about pay. The book is based on hilarious, moving and often heart-breaking entries in a diary he kept as he was training.

Hubbub Plan To Share the Love At Derby Festé 2018

Derby-based Hubbub Theatre Company has clinched support to create a new promenade street theatre show that will be seen for the first time at this September’s Derby Festé.

Hubbub is an integrated ensemble of performers with and without moderate learning disabilities.

They have been awarded the annual Derby Festé commission and are currently developing their innovative show entitled ‘The (not so) Quiet Revolution of Kindness’ which they will perform in the Cathedral Quarter on Saturday September 29 – the final day of the festival.

Be listed on Make Works Derby and Derbyshire: An open access digital database of makers.

Make Works are making manufacturing accessible. Think of it like a public library. An open resource made by dedicated factory finders where you can discover skilled manufacturers, tools and materials to make work with in your area.

We have been out in Derby and Derbyshire with Co-production volunteers to film local manufacturers over the past months, and now our listings are available as a resource for you here

Crowdfunding Appeal Nears Target For Canal Lock Restoration

Derby and Sandiacre Canal Trust are on the home strait to securing the necessary funds for a major volunteer restoration project to take place at the end of July.

The Trust launched a £4,000 Crowdfunder appeal last month to fund restoration work at the Borrowash Lock.

They are just £300 shy of their total – thanks to a match funding pledge from Derby City Council and further support in building the Crowdfunder from Community Action Derby.

Festival Vibe For Free Cathedral Quarter Entertainment

Derby's Cathedral Quarter will have a festival feel on Saturday July 21 when a number of artists take to the stage ahead of their appearances at summer festivals across the Midlands.

The free music extravaganza CQ Saturdays Knickerbocker Glorious has been organised by the Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement District (BID) with a number of acts performing in the Market Place between 11am and 3pm.

Musicians performing at CQ Saturdays Knickerbocker Glorious include Jodie Rose who is heavily influenced by country, rock and pop music.

RDS Global Appoints First Apprentice From Technology Academy

A Derby College IT student involved in the organisation’s innovative Employer Academy programme has secured an apprenticeship with the company that provided him and others with valuable work experience as part of their study programme.

Brandon Bariana (19) joined the RDS Global Technology Academy earlier this year – spending 15 weeks learning about the different career opportunities available in the IT Industry.

 All eight students on the Academy were invited to apply for apprenticeships at the end of their study programme and Brandon was successful.

Women’s Stories Inspire Derby College Students To Create New Exhibition at Sudbury Hall

Students at Derby College’s Joseph Wright Centre have created an exhibition at Sudbury Hall to celebrate the lives and achievements of women associated with the 17th century National Trust country house.

Art & Design, Games Development and Music students have created a number of different pieces from paintings and sculptures to audio and 3D animations which have been placed around the hall for visitors to explore.