Revellers to descend on Shipley park

Students at Mill Hill taking part in the Emerge Festival.
Students at Mill Hill taking part in the Emerge Festival.

A free festival of music, dance and diversity is set for Shipley Country Park on Sunday, June 23, and promises to showcase the best of local talent.

Emerge Festival is set to offer entertainment for all tastes at the picturesque park from 11am to 4.30pm.

Young Derbyshire musicians – including 11 young folk from Mill hill School, pictured here and are due to play on an outdoor stage and an acoustic tent - alongside performances of African dance drumming, Chinese dragon dances and Asian fusion music at the cultural festival.

Emerge is hosted by Derbyshire County Council and organised by Fleet Arts’ Turn It Up music project and music promoters Baby People, on behalf of Amber Valley Borough Council.

Cabinet member for healthier places to Live Cllr Stephen Hayes, said: “Amber Valley Borough Council is delighted to be able to bring a variety of cultural and world class acts to the borough and to encourage young people and families to appreciate the cultures of others..”

Workshops are also set to take place with alternative soul, reggae group KOF to headline the event.

Emerge is part of Shipley Country Park’s Open Day, which will include a host of family fun events including small fair rides, circus skills, craft activities, a climbing wall, wildlife workshops, a soft play area, stalls and much more.

Entry to Emerge Festival is free, but parking charges will apply and some activities will have a small charge.

Head to www.visitambervalley.com/emerge for more information.