Derby Theatre shortlisted in Charity Awards

Published: 21 May 2024
Reporter: Steve Orme

4 Walls by Rukus, a Derby Theatre production as part of Derby CAN which ran in September 2023 Credit: Grant Archer

Derby Theatre has made the shortlist for the 2024 Charity Awards, the longest-running awards scheme in the charity sector.

The theatre has been shortlisted in the arts, culture and heritage category for Derby CAN (Creative Arts Network), a city-wide project which “championed new ways of working to give a voice to local communities, uncovering and celebrating local talent and telling unheard stories in unique ways”.

Derby CAN “sought to address the imbalance in the arts sector”, championing independent artists and giving voice to those communities who have historically been underrepresented or less engaged in the arts. The network reached 31,523 people across the city.

Sarah Brigham, artistic director and chief executive of Derby Theatre, said, “we’re really proud of Derby CAN and the impact it’s made for our communities, local artists and the cultural picture in our city.

“Community runs through the heart of our programme and our ambitions as a charity, so it’s fantastic to be recognised by the Charity Awards for this incredible project that celebrates our city and the diverse communities within it.”

The winners will be announced at a dinner on Tuesday 9 July at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, London.

Derby CAN consisted of Derby Theatre, Déda, Baby People, QUAD, China Plate, Crying Out Loud, In Good Company, Maison Foo, Not Too Tame, Purple Theatre, Wild Rumpus, University of Derby, Derby County Community Trust, Derby City Council and EMBAA (EM Black Arts Associated).

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