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Derby feste 2023 NEW


    Derby Feste

    Festé returns with spectacular outdoor circus and dance, dazzling acrobatics, and the return of its iconic procession, across Derby City locations from 22-23 September.


    Festé is excited to announce a programme that is packed full of immersive, innovative, and ground-breaking work showcased across the city of Derby for a whole range of audiences of all ages.

    Attracting over 30,000 visitors to Derby, Festé has been a flagship outdoor arts festival for the East Midlands since its inauguration in 2007. Now in its 15th anniversary, Festé has built a reputation for presenting work of national and international recognition for audiences to experience and delight in.

    Brought together by Déda, with support from Derby’s key cultural partners, Festé 23 returns with acts that dance vertically down the Silk Mill tower; 20ft high figures; giant wheels and whales; stunning visual projections; fire breakdancing, and the return of community procession, only bigger and with some surprises along the way for visitors.

    In response to the ongoing cost of living crisis currently in the UK, nearly all of the performances at this year’s Festé are going to be free of charge. This ensures that everyone whatever their circumstances have access to exceptional experiences across the weekend.

    To see the full listing, locations and timings of Festé 23, please visit

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