Sci-fi dance show in a truck drives Derby Festé

Published: 15 September 2021
Reporter: Steve Orme

Future Cargo Credit: Camilla Greenwell

A family-friendly street festival which regularly attracts more than 30,000 visitors which was a victim of the pandemic is to return in 2021.

Derby Festé will celebrate “being present in the moment, opening your mind to the incredible imagination of talented artists and just marvelling in the spectacle that is before you”.

Steve Slater, artistic lead of Derby Festé and director of Derby dance centre Déda, said, “since 2007 Derby Festé has existed to bring surprise, enlightenment, entertainment and amusement to local communities and visitors alike and is an important element in the city’s bid to be the UK City of Culture 2025.

“We’re delighted to return with a more recognisable Derby Festé programme this year and I think there will be a real appetite among people of all ages and communities to enjoy this cultural celebration.”

The festival will feature Future Cargo, a sci-fi dance show performed in a 40ft truck located at Cathedral Square, outside Derby Cathedral. It is the latest outdoor work by Frauke Requardt and David Rosenberg. It was created with their collaborators Hannah Clark (set and costume), Ben and Max Ringham (music and sound) and lighting designer Malcolm Rippeth. Audiences experience the “strange and unstoppable process” of Future Cargo through headphones.

Future Cargo will be staged on Saturday 25 September at 6:30 and 8:30PM. Derby Festé takes place from Friday 24 until Sunday 26 September at various locations across the city.

Further information is available at the Derby Festé web site.