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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:

FORMAT News: Latest Online exhibitions

FORMAT Online continues to grow with virtual exhibitions, online talks and our forthcoming Portfolio Reviews.

We have just added a 3D exploration of Lottie Davies' wonderful project Quinn which was shown at FORMAT19. Senior curator Peter Bonnell talks to Lottie about the work. Click on the image to watch.

Rams go into lockdown as Derby Ram Trail is postponed to 2021

A handful of beautifully decorated rams were shepherded back to the Derby Ram Trail painting space by Middlebrook Transport this week, following the decision to delay delivery of this world-class art trail due to take place this year to spring/summer 2021. This difficult decision was taken as a precautionary measure to help minimise the risk of spreading Covid-19 (Coronavirus).

BIF Digital 2020 is here!

The BIF Digital 2020 season has begun! 

Out first fascinating interview features Charles Moore on his book Margaret Thatcher: Herself Alone in conversation with Matthew Parris.

Launch of a letterbox

New Bondholder Colleague Box launched its letterbox gift service at the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic and is already inundated with thousands of orders.

Natalie and Adam Bamford developed the business idea for companies wanting to stay connected to their colleagues during the Coronavirus pandemic, offering 13 options for personalised corporate gift boxes and allowing customers to create their own bespoke box.

Stainsby Festival - Lockdown Edition

Well here we are only hours to go before the start of Stainsby Festival weekend...yes, you heard right, the start of Stainsby Festival weekend.... well sort of.... it's NOT a complete weekend, it's NOT on the field, but it is... the one and only LOCKDOWN EDITION!



Shielding family perform Shakespeare live

Shielding family perform 45 minute comedy version of  "King Lear"  live from home.

Oddsocks' comedy version of  "King Lear" will certainly be unique as it streams online at 7pm on 31st July.  Performed live and streamed directly from their home as they continue to shield their daughter, the family run theatre company will bring Shakespeare's epic drama to life as it has never been seen before.

Welcome back to Derby’s leisure centres

The team at Derby Active are putting the finishing touches in place ready to re-open leisure centres to the public from Saturday 25 July.

It will be a phased re-opening, with dates yet to be confirmed for sports like gymnastics coaching, and indoor track cycling at Derby Arena. Moorways Stadium has already opened for outdoor track and field activities.

Get silly with six weeks of Summer Reading Challenge events

As schools officially break up for the summer, this year’s virtual Summer Reading Challenge is moving up a gear. This year’s theme to keep children reading is the Silly Squad, and Derby Libraries are launching six weeks of fun online events, ideal for families while we get our libraries ready for re-opening.