Visitors to Derby Festé this September will enjoy the very best of different cultures in a two-day outdoor entertainment spectacular.

This year’s festival will be held on Friday September 29 and Saturday September 30 with the theme of fusing Western and Eastern cultures in the most spectacular fashion.


Derby Festé will open at 5.30pm on Friday night at Bass’ Recreation Ground which will be transformed into ‘Festé World of Circus’ for the only ticketed event of the weekend.

The event includes a Food Village, family circus entertainment and the show-stopping headline act  – ‘The Altitude Show’ aerial performance by European artists Gorilla Circus.

Ezra Triggs, Director of Gorilla Circus, had this to say:

“I’m looking forward to helping bring high flying circus back to the UK!

“Circus has its roots firmly in the UK, but homegrown circuses touring the UK are now a rare sight. I set up Gorilla Circus nine years ago to change this. My team and I are so pleased that our brand new show Altitude will be headlining Derby Festé’s World of Circus on Friday 29th September.

“Altitude is an aerial circus spectacular that explores our relationship with height, fear, freedom, and adrenaline, featuring flying trapeze, high wire, and other high altitude acts on a unique kinetic structure that is as much a character and a part of the show as the performers are.

“It has taken years of trial and error to find the performers with the right skills, artistry, and especially the right brand of crazy to put this show together. We are always curious about new talent, and look forward to meeting local artists and performers gathered at Derby Festé.

“It is one thing to put a show together, but it has been a separate challenge altogether to find a venue that can accommodate such a large scale and complex production. Special thanks to Derby Festé for being one of the precious few large scale and established outdoor festivals in the UK ambitious enough to welcome me and my two tonnes of steel rigging and lighting!

“It’s going to be a grand weekend.”


The second day of Derby Festé on Saturday September 30 will see the return of the popular free programme of street entertainment across the city centre.

At 5pm, crowds will gather for the ‘Colour of Time’ procession. Choreographed by French company Artonik, dancers and musicians will move through the city centre in a colourful parade with the audience joining the finale on Cathedral Green and painting the sky with an explosion of Gulal powder.

This paves the way for the climax of Derby Festé in the Market Place – the traditional Indian Garba dance.

Spectators will be invited to watch the start and then join in culminating in thousands of people enjoying the live music and joining in the dance.

Also in the Market Place will be the Derby Night Market, organised by Sheena Holland, which will feature a wide range of arts, crafts and vintage stalls as well as food and drink stalls.

For more information about all the entertainment at Derby Festé please visit