In Real Life is one of the oldest internet acronyms, IRL, used to denote everything that happens away from the internet. Yet as this documentary shows, for young people growing up now that really might not be much, as the internet and phone technology has taken over communication and friendship at speed. I’m 30 and my smartphone rarely leaves my side, but my job also involves supporting young people online, so this documentary was a must-see. In parts terrifying, but also at times warm and sweet, I feel like it should be a must-watch for parents and youth workers alike!
So Derby Festé is this weekend, I’ve just booked my ticket for the opening night’s performance and it seems a good time to get excited about my favourite weekend of the year. Dubbed by The Guardian as “one of the most exciting UK festivals for outdoor performance”, all sorts of eccentric and unpredictable performers take over Derby City Centre. I’m already planning what I want to see and where I need to be.
Described as crazy golf with an artistic twist, QUAD‘s gallery has been turned into a golf course for the last couple of weeks with the exhibition of Doug Fishbone and Friends: Adventureland Golf. Free to view, or £2 to rent a ball and club and play, it’s hard to know whether to experience the course as a work of art or as an amusement. I played through with some other Clockwork Orrery contributors this week to give it a go.
Last Saturday was a day of music, colour, celebration and noise in Derby City Centre as the Caribbean Carnival hit the streets. With street sellers selling whistles and horns for a pound the crowd was making almost as much noise as the huge speakers on the back of every truck, although we couldn’t come close to matching the incredible costumes! That night I also went along to Small Lies music night at the Hairy Dog, to round off a day of LOUD and do a bit of dancing myself.
Derby loves a good outdoor festival, with our annual Festé becoming more well known nationally and last year’s Pedal Powered Party taking over the Market Square for the closing of the Paralympics. This year a recently formed collective of artists, musicians, poets and comedians banded together as Furthest From The Sea (so named as Derby is often regarded as the city to be furthest inland in the UK) to deliver another day of excitement in the summer calendar, last Saturday in the city centre. The Furthest From The Sea festival had a bit of something for everyone and certainly made my weekend better!
On Saturday night, False 9 and Bar One presented Les Mirrorballs; a night of unpredictable, unpretentious music from all eras and genres. You have no idea what music will be played but you can know with all the certainty of a drunken declaration of love that it will be more fun than your average night out. Dancing is the number one priority, no matter how unexpected the music, or how sweaty you look. Continue reading
I’m getting early-onset nostalgia for iD Fest already, it was a fantastic weekend. A great reason to spend four days at QUAD (one of my favourite places to be anyway) with ever-rotating groups of friends watching favourite classics, films I knew I should have seen, as well as discovering new treasures I’d never even heard of. A fantastic program exploring the idea of family in a multitude of forms, here are my thoughts on Sunday. Continue reading