About Duffield Arts Festival

Duffield Arts Festival is an annual not-for-profit festival held in the Derbyshire village of Duffield, just north of the City of Derby. The festival offers a broad programme of performances, workshops and talks across the fields of music, drama, art and books, plus much more.

The festival aims to celebrate Duffield's community by providing something for everyone, whatever your age, background or experience. The variety of events held at Duffield Arts Festival range from music shows, dance performances, art exhibitions, story writing competitions, and not forgetting the Duffield Scarecrow Festival, plus many more events.

Festival History

Duffield Arts Festival was founded in 2016 by village resident Jonathan Leach following a desire for more community events in the village.

The inaugural 2016 Arts Festival featured a variety of shows and exhibitions across several venues in Duffield including:
  • ghost talks
  • pianoathon – an open event for people to play on the piano
  • Singing Spectacular
  • Childrens plays
  • Spoken Word Competition
  • Several arts stall and exhibitions

The festival also featured a village-wide scarecrow trail where households and local businesses were invited to create a scarecrow based on a well known fictional character of their choosing. Over 50 scarecrows were created for the 2016 festival, and all were dotted at various locations all over the village.

Competitions also formed a part of the 2016 festival including a Story Writing Competition and a Childrens Colouring Competition, both of which were open to entrants in the village and beyond.