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Derby Festé 2019, Street Festival

September 27, 2019 - September 28, 2019

The streets of Derby will resound with dance, music, comedy and contemporary circus this September, as Derby Festé hits the ground running for a thirteenth successive year. Some 30,000 people expected to flock to the city for the festival.

Viewed as one the largest cultural street parties in the Midlands, Derby Festé is renowned for its innovation. For its 2019 edition, the festival will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing, coinciding with the new moon that falls on 28 September, with its theme Space, Moon & Tides.

Museum of the Moon
Museum of the Moon will be in Derby at time of Derby Feste
Museum of the Moon will be in Derby at time of Derby Feste

Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon (see cover photo) will be in situ in Derby Cathedral on 16 September and stay throughout Derby Festé. Some seven metres in diameter, it features NASA imagery of the moon’s surface, with each centimetre of the sculpture representing five kilometres of the lunar surface. The pieces fuses lunar imagery and moonlight with sound from composer Dan Jones.

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Derby Festé – Starting with a Splash

The 2019 programme starts at 4:30 pm on 27 September with a performance of Splash by Extraordinary Bodies, a circus company, on the Cathedral Green. This will be followed by a special viewing in the Cathedral of Museum of the Moon. Catalan performing circus act Los Galindos will also perform on the Friday, and there will be a Full Moon Parade.

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Los Galindos – Udul

On 28 September, there will be a diverse range of performers. Malaya will see bird on stilts flying around, while children’s cabaret act Fantabulosa can entertain the young and young at heart. The Strong Lady will demonstrate her strength, while Ockham’s Razor’s Belly of the Whale will demonstrate how you can overcome your fears. A full list of acts can be found here.

Derb Festé will conclude with a parade through Cathedral Quarter and St Peters Quarter by Close Act, which will feature giant silver creatures from the future, that finishes at 9pm.

For more ideas of what to do when in Derby, read, Things to Do in Derby: from Pubs to Suffragettes.

Derby Feste
CLOSE ACT Malaya © Bert Holtmann

When is Derby Festé?

Derby Festé will be on 27 and 28 September, 2019.

Things To Do in Derby

For an idea of what to do in Derby, read Mark Bibby Jackson’s Things To Do in Derby: from Pubs to Sufragettes.

A great way to discover the real ale, craft ale and cider in the region and elsewhere is by visiting the Derby Winter Ale Festival, held in February at the Roundhouse.

To learn more about Derby Festé

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For tourist information on things to do in Derby


Cover photo: Ockhams Razor – Belly of the Whale, Mark Dawson Photography


September 27, 2019
September 28, 2019
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