December Fun at Déda Thanks to The National Lottery #ThanksToYou

From 3-8 December 2018 Déda is offering a free Goody Bag to the first 50 visitors to the Derby Dancing exhibition at the venue in Chapel Street.

Déda is one of hundreds of participating National Lottery-funded visitor attractions across the UK saying ‘thanks’ to people who have raised money for good causes by buying a lottery ticket.

The organisation received £10,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to support the Derby Dancing project and exhibition which is open to visitors until December 22.

Derby Dancing has been a key feature of Déda’s 20 year anniversary celebrations and looks back at the history of dance in city since the 1950s.

From Northern Soul to Hip Hop, the exhibition explores the dance scenes that have taken hold of Derby through the decades and includes local people’s memories and stories as well as artistic responses.

These include ‘One Day In November 1974’ presented by Doug Smith, which offers a glimpse of the ultimate underground dance scene: Northern Soul.

Spontaneously captured during an all-dayer at Cleo’s night club, Derby, the monochrome photographs are narrated by interviews with the Northern Soulers who were there.

The exhibition also includes a special commission by photographer Chevy J Thompson exploring Derby's modern Hip Hop culture with dancers from Trinity Warriors.

Stephen Munn, CEO and Artistic Director of Déda said: “Thanks to National Lottery players we’ve been able to explore and celebrate Derby's dance heritage over the last 50 years.

“Our project has culminated in a wonderful exhibition in our building which will be in situ until 22 December and available on our website after this.”

Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund, said: “December is a wonderful time to experience the UK’s rich, diverse and exciting heritage, which has been transformed by more than £7.8bn National Lottery funding since 1994. 

“This is a small gesture of thanks and a way of giving something back to the people who buy tickets.”

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