Derby bid to become City of Culture in 2025


Derby is to submit a a bid to become City of Culture in 2025.

Putting its rich and vibrant heritage at the centre of its bid, Derby hopes will act as a catalyst for a culture-led regeneration of the city,as the birthplace of the industrial revolution, the site of the world’s first factory and as a leader of the English enlightenment.

Derby has a long history of making and creativity – something that is celebrated in the recently opened £18 million Museum of Making.

It is also home to a diverse range of cultural community and organisations, such as Derby Museums, QUAD, Derby Theatre, Sinfonia Viva and Déda.

Together, they work together to create many vibrant events, such as Festé, Format, Derby Folk Festival, Darley Park Concert, Caribbean Carnival, St George’s Day celebrations and Derby Market Place.

The city already has strong plans to enhance its cultural offer further.

This includes delivering a new 3,500-capacity venue at Becketwell, transforming the Market Hall, remodelling the Market Place and redeveloping the Assembly Rooms site


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