Go to the moon and back… in Derby
One of the UK's biggest annual street-fest events, Derby Festé, has earned a reputation for bringing something new to the city each year - and this year it takes its inspiration from space, the moon and tides
Marking the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landings, Derby Festé has joined forces with Derby Cathedral to bring a breathtaking touring attraction to the city in the run-up to the city’s popular annual arts festival.
‘Museum of the Moon’ is a touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram, and will be installed in Derby Cathedral from 16 September for visitors to enjoy in the run up to, and throughout, Derby Festé (Friday 27 and Saturday 28, September).
The installation is a key element of the Festé theme this year - ‘Space, Moon & Tides’. Once again the family-friendly event will see a celebration of street entertainment, including dance, contemporary circus, music and comedy.
It launches at 4.30pm on 27 September with a high-energy aerial performance of ‘Splash’ by integrated circus company Extraordinary Bodies on Cathedral Green. And, following that performance, everyone will be invited into Derby Cathedral for a special viewing of ‘Museum of the Moon’.
Other highlights include Dutch company, Close Act, in a parade of their giant futuristic silver creatures through the St Peters Quarter and Cathedral Quarter, as well as a Saturday night showcase performance of ‘Malaya’, which will take the audience through a journey in time.
The two-day festival is funded by Arts Council England and Derby City Council with sponsorship from Derby Cathedral, University of Derby, Cathedral Quarter St Peters Quarter, Foundation Derbyshire and Intu Derby.
For more information about visiting Derby, see www.visitderby.co.uk.