THOUSANDS of visitors will take to the streets of Derby for the annual Festé celebrations with a host of acts performing in around the city centre over two packed days.
The popular street festival takes place on Friday, September 27 and Saturday, September 28 and showcases a wide range of outdoor acts and performances by companies from across the UK and abroad. The highlight of the opening day will be a visit by the internationally-renowned Wired Aerial Theatre who will be performing As The World Tipped on Bass’s Rec at 8pm.
It’s a powerful tale of ecological crisis in a real-life disaster movie in the sky, staged on a precariously moving screen and platform. Stephen Munn, one of the festival organisers, has seen the show and thinks the audience is in for a treat.
He says: “I was amazed by it. The theme of it is the environment and what we are doing to it but it deals with the issue in a really positive way. It makes you think but still has the wow factor. As The World Tipped is a stunning show that has toured round the world featuring massive digital projections, aerial performers and the tallest crane ever to suspend a mind-bending vertical stage.”
Following the performance, junk percussion duo Bang On! will lead the audience back to the Market Place, where local musical acts will perform in front of a special light installation.
On the Saturday, the streets of Derby will come alive from noon with entertainers including a fun new ballet performed with five supermarket trolleys; a unique circus skills act who promise to ‘turn your world upside down’; a Dutch company of stilt walkers, dancers, musicians, fire throwers and acrobats and a dance theatre company who bring history and stories to life.
There’s the return of award-winning Flame Oz with their fire show and Whalley Range All Stars’ Imaginary Friends, ten life-size puppets who will lead audiences on a theatrical journey.
Also back is the popular Splash Stage, where local acts offer a wide range of live performance styles in the Market Place, in front of The Waterfall and outside the Book Café in The Cornmarket.
On Cathedral Green at 7.30pm, DJ Yoda will present his music and cinema experience. Part DJ set, part movie and part comedy show, it will be followed by a Market Place Bollywood-themed Festé party created and curated by Charity Shop DJ with Surtal Arts.
Stephen Munn added: “Festé 2013 promises to be a hugely spectacular affair. I am also delighted that Derby Festé has secured a three-year partnership with Without Walls, the UK’s leading outdoor festivals organisation, which guarantees that the best in outdoor live theatre and performance will be coming to Derby through to 2015.”
Most events at the festival are free. Tickets for As the World Tipped are £5 each (family tickets £15) at www.derbylive.co.uk or www.derbytheatre.co.uk
For more information about Derby Festé 2013 visit www.derbyfeste.com