That was the year that was – an Olympic-sized schedule of top events
THEATRE – 2012 began with the final season of Derby Live produced theatre, which included a new adaptation of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew at Derby Theatre; a co-production of The Honey Man with Nottingham-based New Perspectives; and the final production from Derby Lives' Youth Theatre: The Children of Hercules.
EASTER PANTO – Derby Live hosted its first Easter pantomime, the Wizard of Oz, which was a great success, nearly selling out four performances in the Great Hall. Rapunzel is planned for Easter next year.
COMEDY MOMENTS – Several big-name acts as diverse as Jimmy Carr, Rhod Gilbert and Ken Dodd visited Derby, as well as a number of breakthrough acts.
OLYMPIC TORCH CONCERT AT DARLEY PARK – The annual Darley Park Concert was moved to June from its regular September slot to coincide with the London 2012 Torch Relay.
The relay culminated at the park, with people lining the route into the city. The Darley Park Concert was sponsored by Classic FM and host John Suchet proved popular with the 105,000-plus people who turned out.
DERBY FESTE – Jointly organised in Derby by Quad, Derby Live and Deda, Derby Feste attracted more than 30,000 people with another popular line-up of attractions including performance art from Luc Amoros, street entertainment around the Market Place and Cathedral Green and Games Time, a finale in Darley Park.
CALENDAR GIRLS – More than 8,000 people enjoyed a sell-out run of Tim Firth's stage play at the end of September.
DERBY FOLK FESTIVAL – This event marked its sixth year by expanding out on to the Market Place.
MARKET PLACE CELEBRATIONS – It has been a year of major outdoor celebrations this year, with the Queen's Jubilee and the Olympic and Paralympic Game at the forefront of the Derby Market Place events.
Other notable events included St George's Day celebrations, the screening of live ballet and opera from the Royal Opera House, plus the Last Night of the Autumn Proms and the Christmas Lights switch-on.
THE GO-BETWEEN – A huge pat on the back for Derby Live's produced theatre programme was enjoyed this year when The Go-Between won a national theatre award for Best Musical Production at the Theatrical Management Association Awards.
The play, which was a co-production with Royal and Derngate, Northampton, and West Yorkshire Playhouse, helped to put Derby firmly on the UK's cultural map.
CIVIC ROLE – 2012 was the second year that the Assembly Rooms hosted council meetings and civic events, while the Council House was being redeveloped, as well as the council's first staff awards evening.
ORRERY – Corey Mwamba added his signature touch to Derby Jazz's 30th anniversary celebrations at the Assembly Rooms in November. The Derby musician produced a major piece of music inspired by one of the city's most famous sons, painter Joseph Wright.
FESTIVE PANTOMIME – The Pantomime Adventures of Peter Pan, starring Larry Lamb, George Sampson, Mike McClean and Jason Sutton has already broken box office records, selling over 42,000 tickets.
CHRISTMAS HIGHLIGHTS – The ice rink returned for a second year and the Derby Festive Fayre was new.
In the Guildhall Theatre, the production of Snow Play proved to be magical.