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Derby Lantern Parade is gearing up

Derby Lantern Parade is gearing up

It’s finally here! Join us this Saturday (13th Nov) for the Derby Lantern Parade, where lanterns of all shapes and sizes will illuminate a path through Derby city centre, spreading joy as we celebrate being out of lockdown.

More than 250 school pupils (Allenton Primary, Da Vinci Academy, Firs Primary, Grampian Primary and Redwood Junior Schools) and friends from community groups will join us for the Parade leading to Derby’s Christmas lights switch-on, carrying lanterns made in our workshops.

And we want you to join us too! If you have a lantern (LED lights only, no real flames allowed, no glass lanterns) or even come along early to borrow one of ours.

We’ll kick off at 4pm at the Spot Sculpture with the mighty Dhol Drummers performing as we light up our Lanterns, and begin walking together with a trail of dance and music performances along the way, including a finale dance on the Christmas Lights stage!

Derby Lantern Parade is gearing up Derby Lantern Parade is gearing up

Surtal Arts have even commissioned a huge lantern sculpture to head up the Parade! Artist, Stephanie Sian Coley, is putting the finishing touches in time for tomorrow.


  • 4pm start – The Spot Sculpture (outside Poundland/Derbion Centre), 105 St Peters Street, Derby De1 2AD
  • 5pm finish – Derby City Council building, Corporation Street DE1 2FS

Detailed info about the Derby Lantern Parade, Covid safety rules and how to join is on our website.

See the full plans for Derby Lantern Parade here


Derby Lantern Parade is gearing up

Derby – Season of Light

Derby Lantern Parade and Stories of Diwali is part of the Derby Season of Light, created by Surtal Arts, that celebrates our city’s dazzling diversity. Between Oct-Dec 2021 we’ve planned an exciting series of events in close partnership with our cultural partners across Derby and Derbyshire.

Download the full Derby Season of Light PDF brochure here


Last chance to see Stories of Diwali

Our newest production ‘Stories of Diwali’ premiered last week and has been touring to great reviews!

Catch the final performance next week, Friday 19th November in Belper.

Book your tickets here

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