Derby

Derbyshire's fifth annual Festé to have aquatic feel

Sarruga
Image caption Sarruga's 'Peixos' performance will feature an array of aquatic creatures

Derby is to be transformed into a "spectacular seabed" as part of its annual arts festival this autumn.

Spanish performance artists Sarruga will use giant aquatic puppets to create the spectacle at the fifth annual Festé on 23-34 September.

The weekend event will see local and international artists exhibiting at venues across the city including the Market Place.

The festival is organised by Derby City Council and arts organisations.

Huge insects

Sarruga use intricately-crafted puppets, bright lights and booming sound systems to create unusual parades through city streets.

In previous years they have brought huge insects and fire-breathing dragons to Derby.

The city council's arts department Derby Live, Derby Dance Centre (Deda) and Quad play an equal role in setting up the festival.

Stephen Munn, director of Derby Dance Centre, said: "Festé is a fantastic event that demonstrates what a great city Derby is.

"This year's festival will have an exciting programme that would be the envy of any city in the world."

More details on the Festé's line-up will be released in the coming weeks.

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