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The Christmas Playground is launched!

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

Christmas Playground

It’s finally here! The Christmas Playground, created and led by Katapult, will be officially launched this afternoon at a festive VIP event.

The playground features a range of giant wooden sculptures crafted by sculptor Andrew Frost to celebrate Derby’s heritage, culture and diverse community.

The Christmas Playground will connect communities, the private and public sectors and local arts organisations through this absorbing attraction in Derby’s Cathedral Quarter, the cultural heart of the city.

There are a number of sculptures representing key partners in the project including two penguins (University of Derby), a car (Toyota), a train (Bombardier), a jet engine (Rolls-Royce), a soldier (Derby City Council) and a bear (Royal Crown Derby).

Once the festivities are over, the sculptures will be moved to the Royal Derby Hospital for the recreational enjoyment of the hospital’s community and visitors.

Katapult’s Managing Director, Dawn Foote said: “The project is unique to Derbyshire and will bind its world-class manufacturing and creative industries, which are key to Derby’s heritage and make-up.”

Derby City Centre manager Melanie Allen said: “Derby’s Christmas Playground is an excellent showcase of usable public art. I am sure that the children will love climbing over the wooden toys while parents take a moment’s relaxation from Christmas shopping in Derby.”

And Martin Langsdale, Chair of the Cathedral Quarter management group said: “The Christmas Playground fits in perfectly with the Cathedral Quarter’s ethos as an area that is individual, diverse and inspiring.”

After months of planning and designing, Katapult are really looking forward to unveiling the toys to the project’s partners and the public in the playground later today. There will be University of Derby choir carol singing, plenty of mince pies and mulled wine and Rammie Claus for the kids!

Please read the full press release at www.derby.ac.uk/news

For more details about the project and activities in the Christmas Playground visit the website: www.christmasplayground.co.uk

Derby Feste Weekend 4-6 September

Friday, August 28th, 2009

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The Derby Feste 2009 weekend is fast approaching! Following the successful events of 2007 and 2008, this will be the third year that Katapult have been involved with the festival, producing the promotional materials including the programme, posters, outdoor media and a content managed microsite.

The three day spectacular begins next Friday and takes place in various venues across the city from the heart of the historic Cathedral Quarter, to the Westfield centre and Darley Park. Some of the fantastic performances on offer include Herbert’s Dream, Transe Express and Addictive TV, along with popular events such as Picnic on the Green and the Darley Park Concert. Go to the Derby Feste website to find out what else is on.