DerbyCathedral Quarter’s CQ Saturdays September events will give visitors afantastic flavour of the 2015 Derby Festé programme.
Awide range of street entertainment and events will be held in the CathedralQuarter as part of the two-day Festé programme on Friday September 25 andSaturday September 26.
Inthe meantime, there is a host of free entertainment in the area in the run upto the event.
OnSaturday September 12 CQ Saturdays Street Circus, presented by the CathedralQuarter Business Improvement District (BID) and Déda Producing – one of thelead partners in Derby Festé, will return to the Waterfall stage in the MarketPlace between 11am and 3pm.
Residentcompère ChangoFuego will introduce the acts and delight the crowds with hisfire artistry and arena of danger.
Hewill be joined by The Tom Show’s unique blend of uni-cycling, acrobatics, contortionismand comedy as well as Shakespearian flavoured street theatre from Derby’s own1623 Theatre Company.
Thenon Saturday September 19, the weekend before Derby Festé, the Cathedral Quarterwill team up with Derby arts organisation Furthest from the Sea to present aday of live music, dance, theatre and comedy at the Waterfall stage from 11amand 3pm.
Handcraftedat the Cathedral Quarter will also return to the Market Place and underneaththe Guildhall arches on Saturday September 19 between 10am and 4pm hosting someof the region’s top artisan producers selling everything from jewellery andhomewares to fine art and gifts.
Furthermore,every Thursday until September 17, renowned local historian Richard Felix takesvisitors on a guided 45-minute lunchtime walk of the Cathedral Quarter from 12noon.
Ticketscost £6 which includes a voucher for the Cathedral Coffee Shop in Iron Gate andare available on the day from the Cathedral Quarter Rangers on duty in the areaor in advance from the coffee shop.
Derby’sCathedral Quarter is then the perfect place to enjoy Derby Festé, with fantasticindependent shops, food and drink establishments and cultural venues.
OnFriday September 25, Derby Festé kicks off with an animation projection ontothe Silk Mill where the stories of the Joseph Wright Collection come to life(7.30pm to 10pm).
Soulof Fado fire and dance spectacular will be performed on Cathedral Green at 8pm.
TheSaurus parade will wind its way through the Cathedral Quarter and into theMarket Place between 9pm and 10pm with giant beasts charging through the crowdslooking for food to calm their hunger.
OnSaturday September 26, the Cathedral Quarter will host a wide range ofinnovative street entertainment from roving theatre to slapstick comedy, musicand aerial acrobatics.
Theevent will finish on Saturday evening with a fire show in the Market Place andheadline act Danbor Talka at nearby Bass’ Recreation Ground.
MartinLangsdale, chair of the Cathedral Quarter Management Group, which drivesforward activities under the area’s Business Improvement District status, explained:“CQ Saturdays has been very well received by both businesses and visitorsthroughout the summer and the September programme is the perfect appetiser forthe fantastic Derby Festé programme at the end of the month.
“Manyvisitors now come into the Cathedral Quarter on Saturdays especially to see theentertainment which is organised by the BID and our arts partners.
“Theentertainment has created a vibrant, Covent Garden-style atmosphere in the areawhich people can sit back and enjoy and then explore the area whether they wantto go shopping, have lunch or visit the many cultural venues.
“Weare delighted that the Cathedral Quarter features so heavily in the Derby Festéprogramme and look forward to welcoming festival stalwarts back to the area forthe weekend as well as those who will be visiting the city for the first time.”
Informationabout all the events in the Cathedral Quarter are available at www.derbycathedralquarter.co.uk;on Twitter @DerbyCQ and Facebook CathedralQuarterDerby