Derby Festé will return again this year.
This year’s festival will be a fusion on Western and Eastern cultures in the most spectacular fashion opening on the Friday night at Bass’ Recreation Ground which will be transformed into ‘Circus World’ from late afternoon. This ticketed event will feature a wide range of contemporary circus acts from across Europe with visitors also able to enjoy an array of food and drink from around the world in a food village. The excitement will then build up to the show-stopping aerial performance of ‘The Altitude Show’ by European artists, Gorilla Circus.
Saturday will see the return of the popular free programme of street entertainment across the Cathedral Quarter and St Peters Quarter with dance, street theatre, comedy and contemporary circus acts performing throughout the day at various locations. Then late afternoon, the focus will be on South Asian style cultural celebrations and the crowds will gather for the ‘Colour of Time’ procession.
Choreographed by French company Artonik and involving students from the University of Derby and Derby College, ‘Colour of Time’ will be a rainbow eruption of coloured powder and dance.The parade brings a stunning reinvention of the traditional Holi festival celebrated in India. Each year, people throw gulal powder in the air showing great joy and mirth, celebrating unity and an acceptance of diversity.
Dancers and musicians will move through the city centre in a choreographed parade towards Cathedral Green with the audience invited to join the finale – painting the sky with an explosion of Gulal powder.DERBY