Derby LIVE is delighted to be working in association with FOLK 3D and Lost Boys Theatre Company, along with local schools and community groups to deliver an annual feast of family fun this St George’s Day weekend. The free celebrations, for everyone to attend will take place on Saturday 22nd April in Derby City Centre, 11.00am – 3.00pm.
The day provides the chance to celebrate Merrie Olde England. Events in the Market Place will include Morris dancing throughout the City Centre, maypole dancing, a ceilidh, medieval combat and a variety of other exciting acts. In addition to the performances The Arts and Craft fair will return to the Market Place and Reach the Core will be providing free ‘Have a Go’ Long Bow Archery.
Audiences can also expect to meet heroic characters from Derby and even Dragons as many local performance groups and schools put on some truly English performances. Students from Wyndham Primary Academy and Becket Primary School will be adding a new twist to the old English traditional dance style of broom dancing. Déda will be performing a piece based on dragons and monsters, and in homage to the Bards’ birthday there will be comic re-enactments of some of William Shakespeare’s most beloved scenes and sonnets.
The celebration of traditional English heritage and culture will continue with lots of English eccentricity, including Morris dancing Daleks, live musical performances, well dressing and a flash mob ceilidh.
The annual St George’s Day parade will set off at 11.30am from The Spot. St George will lead the parade as it winds its way through the city, picking up traditional dancers along the way, until finishing at the Market Place waterfall at 12noon.
The Lost Boys will perform a tongue-in-cheek re-telling of the story of St George and the Dragon as the parade reaches the Market Place.
The St George’s Day Celebrations will take place on Saturday 22nd April in Derby City Centre, 11.00am – 3.00pm. The event is free to attend and the full programme is available on the Derby LIVE website.
Councillor Ranjit Banwait, Leader of Derby City Council, said:
“I’m delighted this administration is delivering on its pledge to support culture in Derby, by hosting this year’s St George’s celebrations. This is the first element of our £250,000 commitment to deliver a programme of affordable events alongside our partners, ensuring Derby remains a great place to live, work and visit.”
St George’s Day Celebrations Programme
11.00am – Performances from Wirksworth Step and Clog, the Morris Dancing Daleks and Sir Foxley at The Spot
11.30am – Starting at The Spot St George will lead a parade which will wind its way through the city, picking up traditional dancers at different sites: St Peters Cross, HSBC and finishing at the Market Place waterfall at 12 noon
Market Place Events
11.00am – 3.00pm – Reach the Core are providing free Have A Go Long Bow Archery
11.00am – 3.00pm The Arts and Craft Fair will return to the Market Place
11am – 3pm –Displays of Armour and Medieval Combat from 14th Century Medieval Combat group Team Falchion
11.00am – 3.00pm – Have a go at making a well dressing
Water Fall Stage Show
11.00am – Swift Nick Folk Artist
12noon – A tongue-in-cheek re-telling of the story of St George and the dragon from Lost Boys Theatre Company
12.20pm – Welcome and civic speeches
12.30pm – DeDa Academy perform Jump, a contemporary piece based on Dragons and Monsters
12.35pm – Wyndham Primary Academy and Becket Primary School Broom Dancers. Students will be adding a new twist to this old English traditional dance style
12.50pm – Simon Read Broom Dancer followed by Wirksworth Step and Clog
1.05pm – Dalek Invasion, Morris Dancing Daleks
1.10pm – Traditional English Dance, Ripley Green Garters, North West Morris Dancers and more
1.30pm – Flash Mob Ceilidh, join in with this easy form of dancing or stay and watch the fun
1.50pm – Maypole Dance with Folk Friendzy, you are invited to join us in a dance around the Maypole. No experience required just join in and have fun or watch as we weave the ribbons around the pole.
2.10pm – Folk Friendzy Dance Group
2.20pm – Swank, Bard Women, Lady Mac and Mistress Much skilfully and comically re-enact beloved scenes and sonnets from William Shakespeare in homage to the Bards’ birthday