Festival will return to city

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The stage is once again set for Derby’s annual extravaganza of international street theatre, live performances and sheer unadulterated fun.

In just six short years, Derby Festé has been able to establish itself as one of The Midlands’ world-class festivals, capable of attracting some of the very best outdoors acts on to the city’s streets.

Organisers of the 2012 edition, which is scheduled to take place between September 20-22, have announced that the headline act for the first two nights will be Luc Amoros, a French troupe which has wowed audiences in capital cities throughout Europe.

Keith Jeffrey, director of Derby Quad, is confident that Festé will continue to grow from strength to strength: “This year we have an even greater mix of local and international artists to present one of Derby’s most dramatic festivals to date.”

For the first time, Derby Festé is selling tickets to one of the headline acts Luc Amoros, described at its simplest as “shadow theatre”. Luc Amoros is one of the world’s greatest exponents of the art, and has taken an ancient theatre of projected images and turned it into a state-of-the-art 21st century performance, capable of captivating large audiences wherever they go.

Carefully choreographed, and set to music against a striking and illuminated backdrop, the Luc Amoros performance lasts around 70 minutes and ends with a striking piece of art - and will bring with it exactly the right level of eye-catching and explosive entertainment to kick-start an extended weekend of family fun. Tickets are on sale now at www.derbyfeste.com and start at £4 per person or £12 for a family of four.

Stephen Munn, director of Déda explained: “Yet again a truly unique event is being brought to the city as part of Derby Festé 2012. Luc Amoros have travelled the world with Page Blanche which is a feast of colour, music and spectacle. I am really excited at the thought of this amazing show coming to Derby and proud that the city is leading the way in its presentation of the very best of international outdoor work.”

While Luc Amoros, who light-up both the city in which they perform, as well as YouTube channels on the web, will be the headline act on Cathedral Green on September 20 and 21, Festé organisers have also been able to confirm another coup for the city for Saturday, September 22, when it becomes the fourth and final venue for Games Time, closing the Cultural Olympiad in the East Midlands.

Peter Ireson, director of Derby Live adds: “Previous editions of Festé, the Darley Park Concert and, more recently, the Olympic Torch Relay have shown that the people of Derby love to take to their streets and open spaces to celebrate and watch great live performances. Also this year, for the first time, there is the opportunity for people to support Festé by buying tickets.”

The full line-up of acts and events for Derby Festé will be announced shortly, and further details and ticket sales will also appear at www.derbyfeste.com.