Derby, the city at the heart of the country, with culture at its heart.

Derby - Bidding to be City of Culture 2025

The people of Derby are its greatest cultural asset, with a diversity of backgrounds, knowledge and ideas, creating a rich cultural mix.

Our city and its communities are a physical expression of Derby’s history, heritage and culture.

Innovation and creativity have been shaping Derby from the birth of the industrial revolution and are informing our future ambition.

Culture will be a driver for place making, creating a vibrant city where people want to live, work, visit and invest.

“Derby and its people have a rich cultural heritage; we are a city of many voices and languages, with a desire to learn, create and celebrate.”

Culture is fundamental to Derby's ambition to create a confident, diverse economy, and a place of health and happiness.

"Derby is a city that has always had creativity and innovation at its heart but more importantly we believe that every resident and visitor should benefit from the power of arts and culture to make change for the better.

"Derby is a diverse, global city and our City of Culture bid will reflect both the unique qualities of the city and the unifying human qualities that bind us together."

Adam Buss, CEO, QUAD

Culture Strategy

The strategy presents our 10 year vision for culture in the city, building on our rich heritage and setting our ambition for the future.

Read more about the Culture Strategy...

Culture Strategy

Latest News

New Creative Writing Courses and Workshops in QUAD in 2022
New Creative Writing Courses and Workshops in QUAD in 2022

January 21, 2022

QUAD has announced three writing courses and workshops for 2022, covering poetry and novel writing and self-publishing. Writing Poetry is a six-week course led…

Critically acclaimed actor Jack O’Connell backs Derby’s 2025 UK City…
Critically acclaimed actor Jack O’Connell backs Derby’s 2025 UK City…

January 19, 2022

As the deadline for UK City of Culture 2025 bids at the start of February looms, critically acclaimed actor Jack O’Connell has come out…

The chorus of Voices backing Derby’s culture bid
The chorus of Voices backing Derby’s culture bid

January 12, 2022

A chorus of Voices are backing Derby’s ambition to become UK City of Culture 2025, as the deadline approaches for the final bid to…

Derby is a place where rivers meet; where the uplands of the Peaks meet the plain of the Trent.

This environment was a meeting place for people, traders and cultures, from the Saxons and the Danes of the 9th century to the multicultural city of today. Derby has commerce, making and looking outwards in its soul.

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