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Derby QUAD & Cinema

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QUAD is a CINEMA, GALLERY,  CAFÉ BAR and WORKSHOP that anyone can use.

Showing the best in World, Hollywood and Independent films.

The exhibition programme includes work from local, national and international artists, it is exciting, diverse and open to new ideas and experimentation.

Come and relax in our fully licenced Café Bar with a drink or choose from a range of delicious home made dishes.

QUAD brings individuals, communities and artists together to create exciting new art and film. We are committed to providing access to the arts for everyone.

QUAD provides facilities and services that connect people and businesses to art and film, creating opportunities for entertainment, education and participation.

QUAD's Patrons are actor John Hurt CBE, actor/director Paddy Considine, local actor Jack O'Connell and actor/musician John Tams.

A brilliantly vibrant arts hub with cutting edge culture and and artistic ambience.

Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley is an artist and game developer who builds digital archives celebrating the lives and histories of her Black Trans ancestors.
Christopher Sims (US), Felix Schoeppner (Germany) & Florence Goupil (Peru) were selected as part of the Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards by FORMAT Director, Louise Fedotov-Clements and FORMAT Coordinator, Niamh Treacy for their compelling work which explores themes of indigenous traditions, human perception and cultural role-play.
It's the twelfth edition of all nighter movie marathon Dead And Breakfast!

Hallowe'en Horrors

30 Oct 2021

Join us for the first part of a very special day of horror writing, with five workshop sessions looking at a wide range of aspects of the genre! QUAD’s Literature Officer Alex Davis will be your host throughout, and will be joined by acclaimed authors Sophie Draper, James Everington and Angeline Trevena for an exciting day of dark inspiration, imagination and information!
David Lammy will be in conversation with BBC East Midlands Today presenter and reporter, Navtej Johal.
In this piercing and original study, journalist and political columnist Steve Richards (BBC’s The Week in Westminster) looks at 11 Prime Ministers we never had, examining what made each of these illustrious figures unique and why they failed to make the final leap to the very top
Adam Andrusier is a professional dealer in rare and valuable autographs and his work provided the inspiration for Zadie Smith’s second novel, The Autograph Man.
Former MP and Home Secretary Alan Johnson’s three biographies of his East End childhood and early political career were garlanded with awards and critical acclaim. He’s now penned his first novel, a gripping thriller set in London.
Wintering is a beautiful love letter to the cyclical nature of our lives and shows us how to embrace those moments where we drop out of life and hibernate for a while.

Robot Day 2021

6 Nov 2021

QUAD welcomes the return of Robot Day with the Institute of Engineering and Technology.
The story of Endell Street provides both a keyhole view into the horrors and thrills of wartime London and a long overdue tribute to the brilliance and bravery of an extraordinary group of women.
Over the past six years Alison Weir has built up a loyal following at Derby Book Festival for her series of historical novels retelling the lives of Henry VIII’s wives. We now reach the sixth, Katharine Parr, who survived him.
Booker-longlisted and Costa Prize winner, Jon McGregor joins us for his third visit to Derby Book Festival.
The Guardian’s TV critic, columnist and feature writer, Lucy Mangan will be discussing her first novel, Are We Having Fun Yet?, which takes us through a year with one woman as she faces all the storms of modern life (babysitters, death, threadworms) on her epic quest for that holy grail: a moment to herself.
Have you ever imagined writing best-selling novels and giving up the day job,? Then this event is for you. T M Logan is living the dream!

Derby Film Festival 2021

17 Nov 2021 - 22 Nov 2021

Derby Film Festival showcases the best of cinema, with films never before screened in Derby, previews, short films, talks, special guests and more.

UK Ghost Story Festival 2021

26 Nov 2021 - 28 Nov 2021

The UK Ghost Story Festival returns to Derby QUAD in 2021 for a weekend of readings, panels, workshops, talks and more!
Folk horror is undergoing a massive revival in film and print. This workshop offers pointers on borrowing from folklore, and understanding the tenets of folk horror to create contemporary responses.
Uncanny tales can take unusual forms, as evidenced within the crop of exciting music releases in the years following the punk explosion.
Anita Frank will be discussing the supernatural inspirations behind her debut novel The Lost Ones - shortlisted for both the Historical Writers’ Association Debut Crown and the Goldsboro Books Glass Bell Award of 2020 - and why she believes the First World War provides a perfect backdrop for a ghost story.
Join us for a truly haunting way to round out the first and second days of the UK Ghost Story Festival, with a pair of paranormal performances each night to provide the perfect finale to your day.
Peter Laws is the author of the Matt Hunter novel series and the non-fiction book The Frighteners, which explores and defends our fascination with the macabre and the supernatural.
Many writers and critics have tried to define the rules of a ghost story over the years – but is there any value in those claims, and how might they help us to write great stories in the form?
This session will discuss whether ghosts have ceased to be scary and, if so, the reason for their demise.
When thinking of the ghost story, so often we cast our mind back to the golden age and names of decades and centuries past.

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