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Derby Season of Light

October - December

This autumn, join us for an inspiring Season of Light - a celebration of our city’s dazzling diversity and creativity.

Between Oct-Dec 2021, using the theme of ‘light’ we've planned a series of great events in close partnership with our cultural partners across Derby and Derbyshire.  Whether you want to watch professional artists create amazing new work, or get stuck in yourself with our hands-on workshops creating lanterns or Diwali art or simply take part in our spectacular Lantern Parade, there is something for the whole family to enjoy and bring much needed festive cheer to our city of Derby this year.

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Events & Workshops

Assemble: Derby’s Festival of Making - 23 Oct

Assemble: Derby’s Festival of Making - 23 Oct

Don't Miss, Family Fun, Festivals

Assemble: Derby’s Festival of Making is an annual gathering that celebrates makers of all shapes and sizes at the Museum of Making.... read more

Artist-at-Work  Lantern Sculpture Build - 23 Oct

Professional artist, Stephanie Sian Coley, will be one of the makers featured at our annual Festival of Making: Assemble.... read more

Special Lantern Workshop - 26 Oct

Special Lantern Workshop - 26 Oct

Family Fun, School Holidays

A special lantern-making workshop, open to deaf and hard of hearing women only (Derby, Derbyshire) with transcriber and BSL interpreter (sup... read more

Open Lantern Workshop - 26 Oct

Open Lantern Workshop - 26 Oct

Family Fun, School Holidays

Create your own lantern using willow and tissue paper.... read more

Rangoli Workshop - 27 Oct

Rangoli Workshop - 27 Oct

Family Fun, School Holidays

Decorate your doorsteps with the symmetrical rangoli tiles we create in this workshop using rice and pulses.... read more

Diwali Clay Lamp (Diya) Workshop - 27 Oct

Diwali Clay Lamp (Diya) Workshop - 27 Oct

Family Fun, School Holidays

Learn how to make your own traditional clay terracotta or a colourful lamp – perfect home decor or a little gift for Diwali or Christm... read more

First Fridays: Stories of Diwali - 5 Nov

Using Indian Classical and Bollywood dance and digital projection, professional dancer Nisha Nath performs the Story of Diwali.... read more

Stories of Diwali - 6 Nov

​Stories of Diwaliin partnership with Asian Asso. Chesterfield.... read more

Luminate Light and Lantern Festival - 6 Nov

Luminate Light and Lantern Festival - 6 Nov

Don't Miss, Family Fun, Festivals

A beautiful procession around Derby Arboretum at dusk carrying twinkling willow and tissue lanterns interspersed with music and Morris danci... read more

Derby Lantern Parade - 13 Nov

Join us for the Derby Lantern Parade! Lanterns of all shapes and sizes will illuminate a path through Derby city centre, spreading joy as we... read more

Christmas Lights Switch-On - 13 Nov

Christmas Lights Switch-On - 13 Nov

Christmas, Don't Miss, Family Fun

Where to find us

Wrap up warm for a parade and enjoy a variety of entertainment on the stage leading up to the big switch-on at 6pm to get you in the Festive... read more

Stories of Diwali - 19 Nov

Using Indian Classical and creative Bollywood dance performance and digital projection, celebrated dancer Nisha Nath, takes audience through... read more

Smaran (Remembrance): An Indian Classical Music Concert - 10 Dec

India’s classical music is among the oldest musical traditions of the world, its soulfulness runs deep to all who experience it. You&r... read more

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