Get involved with Derby Well


Derby Festé has taken a new approach for 2020 with a campaign to support and promote cultural and arts activities in and around Derby city centre.


The Cathedral Quarter BID are proud to sponsor the Derby Well initiative which will launch with Derby Well Re-Dressed, a city arts trail, opening Friday 25th September and Saturday 26th September.

The weekend will see the city centre and surrounding area transformed into a street gallery. Visitors will be met with a trail of artwork, pop-ups and contemporary well dressings.

Cultural organisations and local businesses are invited to come together, in a celebration of our vibrant city. In addition to commissioned artists and local contributions, the weekend will also welcome ‘Distant Drums’, an installation celebrating Reggae Sound System culture, presented by Whispered Tales.

How can my business get involved?

Derby Well provides a great opportunity for BID Businesses to get involved and benefit from the extra visitors to the area.

Businesses are invited to put themselves forward to host pieces of artwork in their window spaces or for those of you feeling creative you can also dress your windows to support the event too.

If you are interested in hosting some artwork in your business windows please contact Anneliese Moss at Deda via email.

There are also some other projects that invite you to get involved which are detailed below…

As part of this year’s Derby Well, a new poem called ‘The Derby Witness’ has been commissioned.  The poem, comprising of 49 lines of text submitted by members of the public, aims to document the people of Derby’s experience during the COVID-19 lockdown. Once completed, the lines of poetry will be printed across the city of Derby.

BID businesses who may be interested in displaying a line of the text at their premises, provisionally in the form of a vinyl window sticker or stencilled using eco-friendly chalk spray paint are invited to part. To submit your interest please email the BID office or speak to the Rangers.

More information about ‘The Derby Witness’ project can be found here

Derby Folk Festival : At Home, takes place from Fri 2 to Sun 4 October 2020 and as it can’t take place in the city centre, as usual, it has moved online…

There are four ticketed sessions (Fri 7pm, Sat 2pm & 7pm, Sun 2pm) featuring concerts recorded specially for the festival, and tickets can be purchased here.

Each year, the Folk Festival work with FOLK3D, to make “Flyer Flowers” – using previous years’ flyers, posters and more – and hand these out to festival-goers, as well as displaying them at and around the festival.

The Folk Festival would love businesses to get involved, and have a go at making some flowers themselves, get customers engaged in making them or simply just agree to display some in your windows.

You can watch a tutorial of how to make the flowers here.

If you are interested in displaying some flyer flowers, please contact the BID office via email or on 01332 419053. This year, they will be creating a well-dressing from these flowers which will feature as part of Derby Well, and will be in the design of the folk festival’s ram logo.



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