Darlington for Culture Free Theatre Ticket Draw

Here is a chance to win a Pair of Tickets to the Tenors Un Limited Show at Darlington Civic Theatre on Monday 28th September at 7.30pm. Tenors Un Limited bring songs from Venice to Vegas. Hear the best songs from the world’s opera houses, Broadway theatres and concert halls as the ‘Rat Pack of Opera’ more »


Arts group launches exciting new membership scheme

Campaigning arts organisation Darlington for Culture has launched an innovative new membership scheme to encourage people in the town and surrounding area to try out new arts and cultural activities. The new scheme offers money off tickets, free taster sessions, reductions at local cafes and exclusive behind-the-scenes tours of venues to members of DfC. Vice-chair more »


Celebrating illustrators

Here’s an opportunity to celebrate some of childhood’s most poignant images. Boo! Telling Tall Tales – The Art of the Picture Book runs 8th September to 30th October (and includes workshop and an event timetable for October half term week, 26th – 30th October) at Crown Street Art Gallery, Darlington. The exhibition is inspired by more »

Film-making course to launch

Darlington Video Makers Club meets weekly from September to March, sharing ideas, solving problems and discussing and viewing work produced by members and other clubs in the UK. On Friday the 18th of September, their new ‘Video Making Introductory Course’ course for beginners will commence. This course is tailored to include the new generation of more »


Rehearsals begin

Darlington Orchestra’s new rehearsal season starts on Tuesday 8 September. There are no auditions although playing standard of at least Grade-IV is preferred. It’s not necessary to have taken the grades but that level and being able to read music are required. Even if you haven’t played for years, it’s never too late to take more »

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Chance to Volunteer at Oxjam

After the success of Oxjam Darlo 2014, the festival is back for 2015 and intends to build on the huge achievements from last year. After raising £8,000 and smashing the original target by more than double, the money raised by Oxjam Darlo contributed hugely to helping those who are in need in the UK and more »


Your chance to volunteer at the Festival Of Thrift

The Festival of Thrift is looking for volunteers to help make the summer festival a phenomenal success. The two-day extravaganza takes place at Lingfield Point on Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27. Volunteers are required from Thursday, September 24th until Monday, September 28th to help with preparation, de-rigging and the event itself. 50,000 people are more »


Chance to volunteer at Jabberwocky Market

In three months’ time the world will be looking at Darlington. Whilst the All Blacks make the town their base for the World Cup, there will be a programme of theatre, dance and music during the fifth Jabberwocky Market. Organised by Darlington’s theatre producers, Luxi, in partnership with the internationally renowned Battersea Arts Centre, the more »


The town is alive with the sound of music

Oxjam Darlo quiz to kick off fundraising Thursday September 3 will see Oxjam Darlo kick off their fundraising efforts by hosting the Ultimate Music Quiz at the Voodoo Café. Local quiz teams will compete to demonstrate their musical knowledge in order to win some fantastic locally donated prizes. Building on last year’s success of raising more »

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Be part of the network

The next First Wednesday Arts Network gathering will be held on Wednesday October 7. An initiative that aims to bring together people from across the borough of Darlington, First Wednesday Arts Network is open to everyone from arts practitioners to audience members. The evenings, run by Humantics CIC and Darlington for Culture, are informal drop-ins more »

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Beading group set up

A new beading group has been created in Darlington. Janet Lambert is a bead artist with 15 years’ experience of beadworking, making jewellery by weaving and stitching beads together by hand. She says: “Beading helped me cope with health problems and I am starting this community based beading group so like minded folk can work more »

Dressmaking classes

Dressmaking Classes 2015 UK Sewing Shop, The Old Tailor, Bondgate, Darlington Tutor – Dyane Cakebread Pay on day but please book your place via: popping in UK Sewing Shop, ph. 01325 463630 online: Wakey Makey or www.dyanesstitchintime.co.uk or tutor; 01388 718696 / 07977719782 Make a Classic Fitted Shift Dress Dressmaking Full Day Workshop 10 am more »

Scrap Studio

Fun with art

Scrapstudio arts – Arts & Recycling – workshops, projects, events, parties and scrap store here in Darlington, for all ages. The studio base of visual artist Yvonne Preston (pictured), tutor and facilitator, who works with local businesses that have clean waste materials which can be reused in creative projects and art activities. Always looking for more »

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Learning to sew

Rejig runs sewing and recycling sessions in community venues across Darlington, open to people of all ages and abilities. You can learn to use a sewing machine from scratch or brush up old skills, make patchwork quilts with recycled fabrics or start making your own crafts, cushions and clothes. The sessions are friendly and relaxed more »


Team helps out at the Forum

NCS is personal/social development programme targeted at 16-17 year olds that helps young people build skills for work and life, while taking on new challenges and meeting new friends. As part of phase 4 on the programme they decided to deliver a project which included renovating a room or a centre. After brainstorming some ideas more »

Women’s group announces programme

National Council of Women Great Britain The National Council of Women (NCW) wants to ensure that women play a full role in our society. In Darlington they meet on the fourth Tuesday of the month between 10am and midday at the Millennium Centre, All Saints Church, Ravensdale Road, Darlington DL3 8DT. They welcome women from more »

Lectures programme

Darlington Lecture Association has some interesting events coming up. Monday 7th September at 7.30pm Ian Gibb To the Lighthouses There was more to Henry VIII than wife-changing and monastery-bashing. Britain’s status as a maritime power was also a preoccupation. His granting of a royal charter to Trinity House 501 years ago proved to be a more »

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Building society backs music festival

Following the success of last year’s inaugural Oxjam Darlo, Darlington Building Society has become a sponsor of the fundraising music festival after making a donation from its community fund. On October 25, the live music festival will descend upon Darlington once again, taking over venues across the town and inviting music lovers of all genres more »

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Volunteers top 1,500 hours this year

Darlington for Culture (DfC), which support arts and culture in the Borough, has announced that the number of volunteering hours it has delivered this year topped 1,500 in the first eight months. Now, the organisation, which was a runner-up in the Contribution to the Arts category at the Best of Darlington 2015 event, is seeking more »

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Quality jazz

Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club September sees two terrific lunchtime gigs put on by Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club, which stages its events at St Augustine’s Parish Centre in Larchfield Steet Saturday 5th September 2015 Frank Brooker and is Happy Chappies A welcome return to Frank Brooker with his “Happy Chappies” Another high performance of more »


Open mic to return

The new Open Mic night for authors season will begin on Thursday September 24.The nights, supported by Darlington for Culture and which offer a forum for writers to read their material and audiences to enjoy it, run at Voodoo Café/Cantina, 84 Skinnergate, Darlington, on the last Thursday of the month. Each session starts at 7pm more »

Akos Novus

Pam’s new book is published

The new book by Inkerman Writer Pam Plumb, ‘Akos Novus’, is now available from Amazon (at http://www.amazon.co.uk/Akos-Novus-Pam-Plumb-ebook-x/dp/B013HBXQYA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1439987695&sr=8-1&keywords=akos+novus) It’s 99p and is an e-book only. It’s a young adult conspiracy thriller set in modern day London with flashbacks to medieval Baghdad