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About Melbourne Festival

For the past fourteen years Melbourne Festival has brought a celebration of the Creative and Performing Arts to this gem of a village in South Derbyshire just half an hour from Derby, Nottingham and Leicester! 

The highlight of the Melbourne Festival, the Art & Architecture Trail is always a great opportunity to see the cream of artistic talent from the East Midlands bringing a late summer splash of colour and energy as Melbourne comes alive each September.


Melbourne Festival Art & Architecture Trail, the highlight of  the festival, is set for  14th & 15th September 2019 –  please put the date in your diary!  

The Melbourne Festival Art & Architecture Trail is the perfect chance to meet artists from the East Midlands working in a huge spectrum of mediums and styles, many of the artists are demonstrating their techniques and they are keen to talk about their work and what inspires them. The Art Trail always brings a new energy to Melbourne along with all the artists and vistors. Over 70 local homes, businesses, halls and churches open their doors to host over 140 artists in the heart of Melbourne. We promise you will find art to inspire you, art to intrigue you and lots of pieces you want to buy, with prices from £5 to £5000, there is something for every pocket and taste.

We will keep you up to date with our final plans as the trail approaches and don’t forget to tell your friends and remember to “follow” Melbourne Festival on social media to keep up to date with our plans as we get closer to the Festival dates in September 2019. In addition to the Art & Architecture Trail look out for our quarterly comedy nights, our concerts and performances, creative workshops and much more. 

Melbourne Festival is a “Not For Profit” organisation and reinvests any profit made in one year in the next Festival, community activities and events leading up to the next Festival. In addition to our work with children and young people each year, to help the local community commemorate the centenary of the end of WW1 last year Melbourne Festival led “Pop Up Poppies Melbourne” to remember the 4680 Grenadier Guards who died in WW1. Over 70 knitters made poppies of different designs and shades of red they were unveiled at Melbourne Festival in September and appeared again in November for the week of the 100th Armistice Day before being donated to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. This year we are still in creative mode knitting and sewing flowers for “Flower Power” to decorate the Trail. 

Melbourne Festival is a great credit to everyone involved, it’s amazing that after fourteen years 90% of the work is still done by volunteers. The Festival team would like to thank our volunteers, hosts and all of the local companies who have sponsored the Melbourne Festival for their support. Links to our sponsors’ websites are available on the Sponsors section of the Thank you for supporting Melbourne Festival page.

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 and the great publicity it brings to the town. If any local businesses or residents have ideas for funding the festival please contact the Festival Office. The Festival is a “Not for Profit” organisation and all income is ploughed back into the next years’ event.