Can you power a live performance?

To celebrate the closing ceremony of the Paralympic Games, Charity Shop DJ and Derby Live are hosting a community party celebrating empowerment and interdependence. But we need you to provide the pedal power for the performers: no power = no performance!

Can you donate 15 minutes of your time and pedal-power between 4-8pm on September 9 2012?

Supported by Electric Pedals, there will be a range of bikes to suit different ages and abilities – kids bikes, teen bikes, adult bikes, and hand cranked bikes. We’re programming a splendid Derby and Derbyshire line up that includes live music, storytelling, dance, spoken word, street theatre and DJs.

The event will feel like a flamboyant village fete – so expect some delightful and mischievous surprises too.

Andy Jupp of Charity Shop DJ explains the message behind the revelry: “It’s not just about sustainable power. It’s about a sustainable city. The performer can’t play without the efforts of the person pedaling on the bike, and one person relies upon the other. Be it a company, a school, an individual, one person literally empowers another. This is about Derby doing it for Derby”

Pedal power + performance = Party. Photo credit: Electric Pedals

Pedal power + performance = Party. Photo credit: Electric Pedals

Pledge your pedal power

We are looking for volunteers to pledge their 15 minutes of pedal power.  You can bring a team of 5 people along – of friends, family members or colleagues?

It will be an opportunity to celebrate the power of our communities and to promote the part that your organisation plays in powering our city.You can email Jules at to sign up, or ask for more information.

Pedal power party proof

With the help of a team of volunteers, we built a set of 4-bike generators at Derby Silk Mill in June – then we had a party to test the kit out. Here’s a short film by the epic filmmaker Joe O’Brien that shows how a pedal powered party works – and how much fun you can have without using mains electricity.


On Your Bike is funded by the Cultural Olympiad, Derby City Council, Derby LIVE and Derby University. The 4-bike generator  kit will stay in the city for use in schools and other community events, and a big part of the project is the skills and knowledge transfer which will enable people to build and use the generator in their own events.

Bike build workshop. Photo credit: Rick Tailby

Bike build workshop. Photo credit: Rick Tailby

On Your Bike events

The 9 September’s Pedal Powered Party is the finale of a series of On Your Bike events that includes:

  • 18 August Film Day with Sinfonia VIVA and Lostboys Productions.
  • 25 August Sports Day

For more information visit Derby Live’s On Your Bike event page.

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