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We are currently planning a hybrid Festival with a mix of live, live streamed, recorded and virtual events from 27 May – 5 June 2021. If the government’s Roadmap goes to plan and the four conditions are met, our venues will start to reopen from 17 May and we plan to host live Festival events.

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DBF Digital Pass

Thursday 27 May

£25 Venue: Virtual Events Only

For the first time ever we are offering a Digital Pass, which enables you to watch recordings of all the events we have filmed after the Festival ends.

These will include all the events hosted by Derby Theatre, Derby College**, Museum of Making and the Virtual only events (listed below), but not events at Derby Museum & Art Gallery, Darley Abbey Village Hall and the outdoor events.

You can only view these recordings after the Festival finishes, from 7 June. The Pass gives you unlimited access to all the recorded events until Saturday 10 July*.

* Please note that some events may be available for a shorter period of time eg. Hollie McNish's event will be available until midnight on Monday 14 June.

** Alison Weir's event on Saturday 29 May will only be available as an in-person and live stream and will not be available with the Digital Pass

When you buy your Digital Pass, you will be sent a link once the Festival has finished giving you access to our YouTube channel where you can stream all the events. Please do not share the link.

There are over 25 events that will be available for you to enjoy through the Digital Pass:

  • John Preston: Fall - The Mystery of Robert Maxwell
  • James Naughtie: On the Road
  • John Kampfner: Why the Germans Do It Better
  • Christian Wolmar: Cathedrals of Steam
  • Monique Roffey: The Mermaid of Black Conch
  • Alison Weir: Katheryn Howard: The Tainted Queen
  • Shaun Bythell: Seven Kinds of People You Find in Bookshops
  • Jasper Rees: Let's Do It: the Authorised Biography of Victoria Wood
  • Brian Bilston: Alexa, What is There to Know About Love
  • Val McDermid: Resistance & Still Life
  • Polly Samson: A Theatre for Dreamers
  • Duncan Campbell-Smith: Jet Man
  • Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason: House of Music
  • Francesca Wade: Square Haunting
  • Mary Lawson: A Town Called Solace
  • Andrew Wallas: Business Alchemy
  • Anna Pasternak: The American Duchess
  • Matthew Parris: Fracture
  • Hollie McNish: Slug
  • Helen Lewis: Difficult Women
  • Pen Vogler: Scoff
  • Claire Wilcox: Patch Work
  • Gothic Panel: Stuart Turton, Catriona Ward & Sarah Ward
  • Abigail Dean: Girl A
  • Kate Summerscale: The Haunting of Alma Fielding
  • Iain Dale: The Prime Ministers
  • Jon Sopel: UnPresidented



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