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Derby's Cultural Extravaganza - Events Announced!

From Friday 4th to Sunday 6th September the Derby Feste celebrates the city's Cathedral Quarter. Events take place from the Westfield Shopping Centre, through the historic Catherdral quarter and on to Darley Park.

Following increasingly successful events in 2007 and 2008, Derby Festé is becoming a central event in Derby’s cultural calendar, bringing the whole city out on the streets for three days of fantastic events. Festé is produced by Arts Agenda and several of Derby’s key arts organisations: Déda, QUAD and Derby LIVE, with sinfonia ViVA and Derby Jazz.

The line up is as follows: Friday 4 September:

From 7:00pm - Festé begins with Close Act Characters Beginning in Westfield Derby, a group of silver explorers will lead audiences into the Cathedral Quarter for the start of the weekend’s activities.

8:00pm – 9:30pm - Herbert's Dream Compagnie des Quidams, Cathedral Green Four mysterious figures will lead audiences from the Cathedral Quarter to Cathedral Green where they transform into voluminous 4 metre high, ethereal beings for a performance of Herbert’s Dream. At the finale, The World Famous will create a dazzling shower of light to celebrate the opening of the Cathedral Green. A performance of Luminous from the Wrong Size theatre company will then lead audiences to the Market Place for the Festé Street Party.

9:30 – 11:30pm – Ceilidh and Festé Street Party, Derby Market Place The Market Place will be transformed, decorated with lights for the Festé Street Party with tables and chairs surrounding a central dance floor for an outdoor Ceilidh. There will be international food stalls and the surrounding cafes and bars staying open until late.

Saturday 5 September

2:00pm – Salsa procession - Los Ninos Con Ritmo (Children With Rhythm) Created by Derby Jazz with over 100 local children, a spectacular Salsa procession will parade through the City centre, leading to a finale on the Cathedral Green.

3:00pm – Picnic on the Green, Cathedral Green The People’s Stage at Cathedral Green will feature great performances of music and dance for all the family to enjoy. Bring family, friends and picnics. Plus: Maison Foo, The Vegetable Nannies, The Van Dunk Brothers, The Frantic Film Crew and Fraser Hooper’s ‘Funny Business’ will be providing entertainment among the crowds.

9:00pm - Mobile Homme – Transe Express, Derby Market Place As darkness falls, drumming majors will process through the crowds in the Market Place and be lifted 35 metres into the air to form a giant human drumming mobile, combining circus skills, visual arts, music and dance.

10:00pm - Addictive TV, BBC Big Screen, Derby Market Place Addictive TV, the world’s number one Audio Visual Artists, will bring their unique blend of classic film, contemporary music and visuals together for a spectacular performance using the BBC Big Screen. Food and drink outlets on the Market Place will be open for refreshments, tables and benches will be available, or bring your own seat!

Sunday 6 September

 Darley Park Concert and Fireworks display Be part of the 30,000-strong crowd at the UK’s biggest free outdoor classical concert as Festé 09 concludes with the amazing firework finale.

5:30pm – Picnic at Darley Park Flame Oz’s Calvos will be providing entertainment amongst the crowds.

6:00pm - Derby Jazz presents a performance by Curios, featuring Derby-born Tom Cawley on piano.

7:00pm – Sinfonia ViVA with conductor James Holmes will present a spectacular programme of music with links to all things astronomical.

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