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Outgoing Festival artistic director praised for boosting Buxton

Buxton International Festival’s outgoing Artistic Director Stephen Barlow has been praised for bringing worldwide acclaim to the annual celebration of opera, music and books.

At the end of his seven-year tenure, Stephen has confirmed that the 2018 Festival will be his last at Buxton and he will be leaving in late July.

But new Chief Executive Officer Michael Williams said that he was delighted to confirm that Stephen will conduct one of the Festival opera productions in 2019, which sees the 40th anniversary of the Festival.

Buxton leads the way for arts in the north

Buxton International Festival’s “special, unique brilliance” is leading the way for the arts in the north of England, the London Evening Standard’s new Associate Editor Julian Glover said on becoming a member of its board of directors.

Julian, a former chief speech writer for David Cameron when he was Prime Minister, will bring his experience in the media and government to bear in planning the future of the Festival as it approaches its 40th anniversary.

The Buxton Spa Prize 2018 Open for Entry

The Buxton Spa Prize is an open art competition celebrating the town’s culture, natural beauty and heritage. Last year the competition attracted more than 150 artists. The aim of The Buxton Spa Prize is to make the town an internationally recognised centre for visual arts.


Soprano Margaret Keys will open Belper Arts Festival with a special concert featuring guests the Fishpond Choir and Bel Canto on 5 May at St. Peter's Church, Belper.

The concert begins a month of art, drama, music, comedy, photography and creativity.


Inbetween appearing with Michael Crawford and Russell Watson, Irish soprano Margaret Keys will be opening Belper Arts Festival with a special concert. George Gunby caught up with Margaret on a rare day off.

Junction Arts: Open Call for Artist

Where: New Bolsover Model Village, Bolsover, Derbyshire
Partners: Bolsover District Council, Robert Woodheads Ltd,
Friends of New Bolsover Residents Group
Background: Extracts taken from the New Bolsover Model Village Activity Plan

Indietracks Festival

We’re really pleased to announce that Amber Arcades, Gwenno, Spinning Coin, Tigercats, Colour Me Wednesday and Tinsel Heart are among 24 artists and DJs added to the Indietracks 2018 line up today.

They’ll join artists we’ve already announced for this year’s festival, including British Sea Power, Honeyblood, The Lovely Eggs, Dream Wife, Girl Ray, Sacred Paws, Darren Hayman, Even As We Speak and Anna Burch.

Monty Python’s Spamalot

As part of a major nine month tour, Derby Theatre is thrilled to present Selladoor Prod uctions and Mercury Theatre Colchester’s brand new, even SPAMMIER, production of Monty Python’s Spamalot as part of their spring 2018 season. Lovingly ripped off from the hugely successful 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot is a riotous comedy full of misfit knights, killer rabbits, dancing nuns and ferocious Frenchmen.

Little Mermaid Circus Sensation

 Spectacular circus and spellbinding songs combine in this extraordinary new adaptation from the award-winning Metta Theatre. With awe-inspiring acrobatics and hauntingly beautiful original songs this is a show for the whole family to enjoy. 


Do you know the stories of the local women who fought for your vote? The women who used their experience of fighting for workers' rights to help galvanise women across the country? It's time we put them on the map. Come and help us do this as part of NOT WORDS, an HLF funded project which uncovers Derbyshire women and their stories.


Arts and Culture News

At the beginning of March, we closed our Grants for the Arts fund and opened a new fund in its place called Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants.