Melbourne Festival of Creative and Performing Arts 2014

The deadline for entries for the 2014 MELBOURNE FESTIVAL ART & ARCHITECTURE TRAIL has been extended to 7th APRIL. We apologise  to any artists who have had emails returned our inbox has been crashing due to large emails. Please send 6-8 jpeg images of your work (250kb) if necessary send two separate emails. We look forward to hearing from you!


Art & Architecture Trail – Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th September. Call for entries will be posted in February – WATCH THIS SPACE!

Concerts & Performances 6th -27th September.  Regular updates will be posted on our news & events page, facebook and twitter so please follow Melbourne festival to keep up to date!

Amazingly Melbourne Festival is now into its TENTH year the Festival is eagerly awaited by local people and visitors from far afield, Melbourne Festival is the highlight of South Derbyshire’s cultural calendar. People pour in to take advantage of the programme taking place in this gem of a town hidden away between Derby, Nottingham and Leicester.  In 2014 why not make a weekend, or even a whole week, of it -   to find accommodation and the other amazing places to see close to Melbourne Festival visit the official tourist board sites –  (or click box below for direct link!)  or

The Festival team are now starting to look into funding for 2014. The Festival is surviving from year to year at the moment and would be a pity to lose as it is one of the things which makes Melbourne special.    Melbourne is fortunate in having the Festival and it helps put the town on the map, without support from local businesses we risk losing it. If any local businesses or residents have ideas for funding the festival please contact the Festival Office.

We will keep you up to date with our plans as they progress, so keep checking out this website and the Melbourne Festival facebook page or follow us on twitter – and don’t forget to tell your friends!


Art, music, food, crowds of people and even the sun shone! Everyone put away their umbrella and enjoyed a late splash of colour and energy – Each September Melbourne comes alive as a hub for the creative and performing arts so if you didn’t make it to Melbourne this year put the date in your diary now and don’t miss out 13 & 14 September 2014!

The Melbourne Festival Art and Architecture Trail brought a blur of colour, music and excitement, throughout the weekend the streets were packed with people. This year over 70 local homes, businesses, halls and churches hosted nearly 120 artists in the heart of Melbourne featuring a variety of mediums and styles of work all of which will be for sale from £5 to £5000!
Highlights included the Melbourne Festival TEA TRAIL, the finale of the Expanding Horizons creative writing project supported by a Grant from the Arts from Arts Council England, poets Gregory Heath & Debjani Chatterjee MBE popped up around the Art Trail to share their poems before a final performance and presentation of this years Melbourne Festival Creative Writing Prize to Rhiannon Jenkins Tsang.  Music on the trail expanded to three “Busk Stops” this year and the food was fantastic! Everyone loved Dwane Reads, PopUp Poet, who brought a smile to everyone’s face with poems from his latest book “The Annoying Megaphone Pigeon”.

The consensus is that this years’ concerts and performances have been the best programme ever. The Festival is always a great chance to see some great events within walking distance of home and no parking fees for drivers! As always Comedy Night was a sellout, (don’t forget next Comedy Night continues all year!).  The Open Road entranced the audience with their superb blend of acoustic folk – or “fop” as they described it! End to End by the Gramophones Theatre Company was really popular Hold Up by Cast Ensemble Youth Theatre went down a storm! Quite a challenge to beat 2013’s programme!

It’s just a pity funding doesn’t allow for concerts to continue all year round!

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