Festé, one of the biggest events in Derby’s social calendar, is fast approaching. Final preparations are being put in place ahead of the colourful two-day festival, which celebrates everything dance, music, art and drama. More than 30,000 culture lovers flock to the city every year for this flagship event, the biggest of its kind in the East Midlands. The 15th annual Festé will be held on September 22 and 23. Every year, performers and artists from within the city, across the country and around the world showcase their talents, producing work of national and international significance.

Prepare for an arts spectacular

Organisers have promised that this year’s event will be bigger, bolder and better than ever before. Festivities will kick off on Friday night with a series of evening shows, including fire throwing break dancer Awesome Wolf and Midlands brass and drum group Deep Down Brass, who will perform at Derby Cathedral. On Saturday, as Festé moves into its second day, Chapel Street will be transformed into a pop up skatepark.

Other highlights include a special performance by HandMade (CORR) Theatre for children and families, an emotional performance from 2Faced Dance and a powerful tale told within a 60ft whale which will sit in Riverlight Bank. The Guildhall will also be lit up with a special display celebrating the city’s twinning with Toyota City in Japan. Expect something for everyone at this vibrant festival, which has been delighting visitors since 2007.

Choose a luxury serviced apartment for your Festé stay

The whole of Derby is set to come to life during Festé. If you are planning to enjoy two days of culture at Festé, now is the time to secure your accommodation. A luxury serviced apartment from Grand Central Apartments is an ideal solution, giving festival goers the flexibility to come and go as they choose. A serviced apartment offers you a home from home experience, with more home comforts and flexibility than a hotel. Grand Central Apartments has locations across the city too, so you can find the perfect base from which to explore.

Each Grand Central Apartments accommodation benefits from secure parking, free Wi-Fi, complimentary refreshments and a weekly cleaning service. You can enjoy a well-equipped kitchen, which allows you to cater as you please, as well as a smart flat screen TV, toiletries and towels – all perfect for resting and recovering after a busy day at Festé. The apartments can sleep up to six guests, making them ideal for those travelling to Festé as a group.

Grand Central has apartments located around the city, but all within easy reach of the centre. Grand Central Apartments and Grand Central Littleover Deluxe apartments are both found in quiet neighbourhoods just a short walk from the city centre. There are also apartments available in the upmarket, stylish neighbourhood of Friars Gate, which is within walking distance of the Cathedral. The Mill offers accommodation within a grade II listed building also in the Friar Gate area, while Grand Central Melton apartments sleep up to six, making them perfect for groups of festival goers or even performers.

Secure your luxury serviced apartment today and get ready for a spectacular celebration of music, art and dance.