Posts Tagged ‘derby events’

Cultural Connections Event at Kedleston Hall

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Kings Speech Outdoor Screening

Katapult & QUAD present…Cultural Connections, a special monthly event for our clients, suppliers and partners.

This Saturday we hosted a selection of guests for the spectacular outdoor screening of ‘The Kings Speech’  at Kedleston Hall.  The hospitality began with Steve from QUAD’s catering team providing a fabulous spread for our guests . I was in control of drinks, so mixed up some delightful Pimms…which seemed to go down very nicely…mmm…. lots of fresh fruit and the lush smell of mint leaves.

We already know that The King’s Speech  is an amazing film but what a stunning location to watch it in. Being on the lawn of Kedleston Hall really added something grand – the sense of history & British heritage felt ever so more rich. The screen was erected in front of  a ‘ha ha’ which allows uninterrupted views of the parkland and grazing areas beyond. As the night sky cleared of the clouds you could  just gaze up to a beautiful starlite sky, the words of King George VI filled the valley and in the quite moments you could hear in the distance the sheep that grazed barrrr…barrrr.

I had prepared a treat bags for our guests, each with a handwritten ‘quote’ from the film, there certainly wasn’t much problem finding great quotes.

treat bags

A really enjoyable evening & certainly looking forward to future outdoor screenings.
Next time I might take a woolly hat though.

Written by Dawn x

More information about Cultural Connections:

Each month for our clients, suppliers and friends we provide a limited number of tickets for a film/event of our choice, a drink (which you can enjoy during the film/event), some tasty  treats and informal networking before and after.

No two events are the same ranging from unique outdoor events, live performance, films, private exhibition viewings, VIP Launches and networking.

QUAD is a charity which provides facilities and services that connect people and businesses to art and film, creating opportunities for entertainment, education and participation. Katapult continue to be a key sponsor of QUAD, currently sponsoring  the Digital Studio which provides creative courses. Katapult have also worked with QUAD on their branding, marketing and website, we are proud of the success QUAD has achieved since opening its doors in 2009 and are encouraging other businesses to take advantage of its facilities, from digital courses, conference facilities and space hire, creative business training, team-building workshops and creative and technical event solutions and support.

Success of first PechaKucha Night in Derby

Friday, April 1st, 2011


PechaKucha is an idea born in Japan, where creative people get to talk about something that makes them tick. Drawing its name from the Japanese term for the sound of “chit chat”, it rests on a presentation format that is based on a simple idea: 20 images x 20 seconds. It’s a format that makes presentations concise, and keeps things moving at a rapid pace.

Having known for some time that Derby is brimming to the rim with creative talent, and having been to a PechaKucha night before, Katapult MD Dawn decided to find out if this was something that creatives in Derby would go for. Having applied for the permission/the handshake agreement to run PechaKucha nights in Derby with support from Derby’s Creative Industries Network, QUAD and University of Derby, she set about organising the first event with BBC Radio Derby presenter Aleena Naylor and Simon Foote from Simon Foote Architects.


As soon as event details were announced, there was a wealth of interested speakers and followers on Facebook and Twitter. Speakers on the night included :

Emily Howlett | Actress & Writer
Martin Broadhurst | Social Media Fanboy
David Cross | Polymath & Architect
Jonathan Wallis | Museum Manager
Helen Gallimore | Creative Thinker
Pranali Parikh | Urban Designer
Liam Sharpe | British comic book artist, writer and publisher
Bimal Jangra | Teacher & Musican
Ewa Wollinska | Polish Journalist
Barry Thomas | Silver Smith
Jerry Tseng | Architect
Finbar Lillis | Analyst, evaluator and melody maker


The aim of the events are to share ideas, inspirations and insights with other creatives about any topic or theme of interest to you. PechaKucha is a not for profit set up and PK nights are run in 382 cities across the globe with Derby now being one of them. Each event will be organised with an open mind and with the hope to feel bemused, inspired and entertained by the thought provoking presentations. This first event was certainly all of those things and has received a wealth of positive response on the Twitter and Facebook pages after the event.

The first event was a huge success with the space at QUAD filled to its capacity.


A raffle was held to raise money for the Japanese earthquake and tsunami appeal so thanks to everyone who helped raise over £100 on the night.

The next event is on June 30, 2011 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

If you’re interested in presenting at a PechaKucha Night in Derby please visit the website and submit your details.

You can follow event details on Twitter: @PechaKuchaDerby or Facebook

PechaKucha Night – devised and shared by Klein Dytham architecture

Derby PechaKucha Night is sponsored by CIN, University of Derby and QUAD.

Illuminating Derby – Gleam:Festival of Light

Thursday, November 4th, 2010


The winter nights are drawing in fast but Gleam: Festival of Light will be shining down on some of Derby’s best loved public spaces between 12 November and 20 November.

The world-leading interactive technology collective Seeper will be lighting up key buildings in the Market Place in exciting light and music performances on 12 and 13 November. The launch marks the beginning of a spectacular series of events in the city centre.

The following week will see a range of free interactive light events in the Cathedral Quarter with a Light Trail every evening,  a Lantern Parade, a light garden, ‘Rhythms of the World’ drumming performance, River Fire Display and the Christmas Lights Switch On to include just a few. A range of free workshops are also taking place for families and young people with fire drawing and lantern making, with the art produced becoming part of the festival finale.

Katapult created the Gleam brand which conveys particles of light gradually spreading. The logo represents both the traditional shimmering of fire lanterns combined with new cutting edge light technology and the digital display of light pixellation.

Read the ‘Gleam festival identity designed by Katapult’ article on the Drum website.