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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:

Share your views to shape our city

As Derby emerges from lockdown and we look towards our post-COVID future, Derby City Council has established an Economic Recovery Task Force to help ensure that our city prospers.

A key strand is focused on the city centre and Marketing Derby has been asked to seek customer views to help shape its future.You can help by completing this short survey.

We will use this insight to input into the city centre stream and hopefully learn more about what people want from the city centre. 

DCG demonstrates tech expertise

Bondholder Derby College Group (DCG) has been chosen by the Government as one of a further 18 schools and colleges to become ‘edtech demonstrators’, being the only college in the East Midlands to be part of the second stage of the programme.

Melanie Lanser, Director of Teaching, Learning and Academic Research, said: “This is real recognition of the success of remote teaching and learning across DCG which has been embraced by staff and students alike.

FORMAT International Portfolio Review is going ONLINE

Rising to the challenge of Covid19 and the need for social distancing, FORMAT has joined forces with Zoom and Picter to create the opportunity for online Portfolio Reviews on Saturday 18th July.

Bookings open on Thursday 18th June at 12.00pm [BST]

We have limited spaces remaining so make sure to secure your place at one of the largest online portfolio reviews to date.

Derbyshire Libraries Update

This July - we are re-opening some of our libraries, the Summer Reading Challenge continues, we are expanding and developing our digital activites, and much more!

eBook bonanza to keep readers busy

New funding has helped Derby Libraries spend £6,000 on increasing its supply of eBooks and Audiobooks, following a huge surge in demand for eLibrary services during lockdown.

In April 2020 there were 6,044 downloads of eBooks and Audiobooks by members, compared to 3,242 downloads during the same month in 2019. Audiobooks and eBooks are free for members to download through the BorrowBox app.

Reopening our play areas and outdoor gyms – what you need to know

Since the Government said play areas and outdoor gyms could reopen from 4 July, the team at Derby Parks have been pulling out all the stops to make it happen.

The good news is we aim to have all these facilities up and running by the end of this weekend (4-5 July) It will take a while to reopen all 82 play areas and 11 outdoor gyms across the city’s parks and open spaces, so please bear with us.

Visitors are asked to follow this guidance to make sure we can minimise the risks of the coronavirus spreading, and keep us all as safe as possible:

Play areas: