What's on in Derby? City's first Drag Showcase to be held at stunning city centre venue

The event is aimed at supporting creative talent in the Derby and Derbyshire drag scene
Liv is a drag artiste, host and producer whose will be performing at the Derby Drag Showcase | Image Derby MuseumLiv is a drag artiste, host and producer whose will be performing at the Derby Drag Showcase | Image Derby Museum
Liv is a drag artiste, host and producer whose will be performing at the Derby Drag Showcase | Image Derby Museum

Derby’s first ever Drag Showcase has been announced to be held at one of the city’s historic buildings.

It is a collaboration between one of the city’s most creative venues, Derby Museum Of Making, and drag artist and producer Liv.

The event aims to support Derby and Derbyshire drag scene and local LGBTQ+ performers, allowing them to meet, connect, and share their skills and talents with others.

A spokesperson for the museum said: ‘Drag is an excellent example of the ethos of making, which the Museum Of Making embodies.

'Those chosen to perform will receive a year’s membership to the Museum Of Making, with access to the prospect hot desking space and equipment and staff within the workshop.'

As reported by BBC News, Dan Webber, events programmer at the museum said: "It's not going to be like anything you've ever seen before.

"Making is celebrated in all shapes and forms. 

"We fully appreciate that drag is an art form and it's all about making, so we really want to champion that art of making and it should be celebrated at the museum.

"This is not a pageant or a competition, it's a showcase and we wanted to create an event for drag acts - whether they're new to the scene or very established - to showcase their talent in such a historic environment."

The showcase is free to enter but will only be available for people aged 18 and above. The event’s co-producer is Liv.

This drag performer and nonbinary diva has a passion for drag scenes outside London.

They are passionate about shining a spotlight on major cities that may be overlooked, aiming to cultivate drag culture wherever they go.

Iris Prism, 20-years-old, is known as ‘The Blonde Barbie From Derby.'

Iris Prism, who is also known as The Blonde Barbie From Derby will be performing at the city's first Drag Showcase | Image Derby MuseumIris Prism, who is also known as The Blonde Barbie From Derby will be performing at the city's first Drag Showcase | Image Derby Museum
Iris Prism, who is also known as The Blonde Barbie From Derby will be performing at the city's first Drag Showcase | Image Derby Museum

She started performing for Youth Pride Manchester and is now super keen to help today’s youth explore and grow into themselves in a safe and inclusive environment. 

There are plenty of talented drag artists involved in the first Derby Drag Showcase.

These include Doxxie Phisher, Miss Carrie Onlove, Cardinal Copier, Johnny Reaper, Nefarious De Vile and Priscilla Shona Krakow, who has come all the way from Poland via Derbyshire.

The Derby Drag Showcase will take place on Friday, March, 1, 2024.

Location: Silk Mill Lane, Derby DE1 3AF

For more information visit the museum’s website by clicking here.