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WELCOME to Melbourne Festival!

Melbourne Festival is eagerly awaited by local people and visitors from far afield, it has established itself as the highlight of South Derbyshire’s cultural calendar. Each September 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 Creative Artistic Talent from the East Midlands, the Art Trail always brings a late summer splash of colour and energy as Melbourne comes alive each September. Over 70 local homes, businesses, halls and churches open their doors to host over 140 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! If you missed 2018’s Melbourne Festival put the dates in your diary – 14th & 15th September 2019 – the Trail is open from 10am to 5pm both days.We will keep you up to date with our plans as they progress and remember to “follow” Melbourne Festival on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to keep up to date with our plans as we get closer to the Festival dates in September 2019. Melbourne Festival is a “Not For Profit” organisation and reinvests any profit made in one year in community activities and events leading up to the following years Festival. In 2018 to help the local community commemorate the end of WW1 Melbourne Festival led “PopUp 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 and appeared again in November for the week of the 100th Armistice Day before being donated to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. Other highlights of 2018’s Art Trail included the exhibition of work by young East Midlands Artists shortlisted for Melbourne Festival Emerging Talent Award at Melbourne Assembly Rooms in High Street. The 2018 winner was Rachel Alexandre. The quality, and variety of entries was excellent this year and we are looking forward to seeing how our young artists develop. Possibly the most entertaining parts of the 2018 Festival were the family activities. In 2018 we helped “The Tiger Who Came to Tea” celebrate its 50th Birthday with guest appearances by THE TIGER, Sophie and Mummy and storytelling each day. Art by local Schools inspired by our memories of WW1 will be in Pool Cottage Gardens and Melbourne Fire Station. Although the Art & Architecture Trail has become the biggest part of the Melbourne Festival Art & Architecture Trail music and performances are still important. Our programme featured a mix of local groups and other talent. Highlights have been Open Road Productions with highlights from the three recent shows – Grace The Lighthouse Girl, The Same Sky and Silver Darling, AND Wil Pearson in Cabaret crooning his way through classic jazz and blues numbers. Melbourne Festival really 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 SPONSOR section of the SUPPORT US 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. 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 in ploughed back into the next years’ event.