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US jazz performer to star in Festival

Here’s a real treat for jazz fans during the Arts Festival Saturday May 2 12:30 till 3:00pm Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club Featuring a return of The Mister Men St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Larchfield Street, Darlington DL3 7TG Charismatic American jazz pianist and vocalist Jeff Barnhart returns to Darlington for what will be another outstanding more »

Railway history in the frame

This festival event will run throughout May, Tuesdays to Sundays Holiday Runabout Day tripping down the Yorkshire Coast by train in photographs, curated by the North Eastern Railway Association. Head of Steam – Darlington Railway Museum Time: 10am – 4pm Tickets and arrangements: included in normal museum admission and yearly passes Contact: Museum Reception tel more »

Steve Tilston plays the festival

Folk music is an important part of Darlington Folk Festival, including: Thursday April 30 Darlington Folk Club meets every Thursday evening at the Copper Beech in Neasham Rd at 8pm. Tonight: Steve Tilston The full programme and further details are on

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So many steps!

Darlington Film Club is showing a series of railway-themed movies during Darlington Arts Festival to mark the 190th anniversary of the Stockton and Darlington Railway, beginning with: Tuesday May 5 8pm Darlington Film Club – The Forum Music Centre, Borough Road The 39 Steps (U) is a 1935 British thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock more »

Hear the stars of the future

This Festival event is a must for literary enthusiasts Friday May 8 6-8pm Reading Our Writing Health Warehouse Café, 15 Post House Wynd, Darlington Tickets: £3 per person (pay on the door, booking not required, proceeds to DfC) Join Tracey Iceton, pictured here, and five of her fellow post graduate writers from Northumbria University as more »

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Songs and sonnets at the Festival

Monday May 11 and Tuesday May 12 sees performances of Songs & Sonnets at Voodoo Café, Skinnergate, as part of Darlington Arts Festival. This is a Darlington Folk Club and Green Theatre presentation.7.30pm Tickets on the door (suggested donation £2.00 per seat).

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Author to give talk at Festival

This Darlington Arts Festival event will be a treat: Wednesday May 6 Crown Street Library – 6pm Author Ian Wilkinson will give a talk about his book Crossing the Water Free event Ian’s debut novel tells of the secret lives of two Irish ‘children of independence’. Caught in crossfire between the IRA and the British more »

Book discussion at the Festival

Friday May 1 sees a Book Group Discussion of Silent Spring by Rachel Carson and Our Synthetic Environment by Murray Bookchin. Come and discuss these two seminal texts which helped kick start the modern environmental movement. Admission free. Venue: Voodoo Cafe, Skinnergate,7 -9 pm.

Comedy and music weekend at Forum

The first weekend in May will see the Arts Festival enjoy some music and comedy at the Forum: Saturday May 2 The Forum’s popular monthly Comedy Club The Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington. 7pm Tickets £10 Sunday May 3 Dale Ali returns to delight his army of fans. Dale got through to Boot Camp more »

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The first two weeks of the Festival

Darlington Arts Festival is upon us and included in the first two weeks (April 20-May 3 are) April 18-June 13 The 2012 Art Group are to hold an exhibition of their recent work from 18th April to 13th June at The Bridge Centre for Visual Arts, Hundens Lane, Darlington. The exhibition is open from 10 more »


Folk at the Festival

Darlington Folk Club is featuring in some terrific entertainment at the third Darlington Arts Festival. Events include: Monday May 11/Tuesday May 12 Songs & Sonnets Voodoo Café, Skinnergate, 7.30pm Tickets on the door (suggested donation £2.00 per seat). A Darlington Folk Club and Green Theatre presentation Saturday May 16 Darlington Folk Club presents a Folk more »


Stalls on offer for showcase day

Darlington Arts Showcase, Sunday 10th May. Call for Stall Holders. Darlington for Culture, in partnership with a number of other organisations, is pleased to offer market stalls in the Borough Road area, close to the Civic Theatre, to those wishing to showcase art and craft on Sunday 10th May as part of Darlington’s Arts Festival. more »

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Full Steam Ahead for exhibition

Head of Steam – Darlington Railway Museum is staging an exhibition of railway posters and carriage prints by one of Britain’s finest railway poster artists. Frank Henry Mason, from Seaton Carew, was born in 1875 and gave up a life at sea to paint watercolours – despite no formal training. He started to paint his more »

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Authors society organises Festival event

A day of events on Saturday May 16, organised by Authors North, the northern group of the Society of Authors (, will be one of the highspots of the Darlington Arts Festival. Event 1 The Authors’ Media Toolkit The Authors’ Media Toolkit is a day of practical workshops aimed at writers/illustrators. The event to attend more »


Showcase weekend at the Festival

Saturday May 9-Sunday May 10 is showcase weekend at Darlington Arts Festival. Saturday May 9 To get the Arts Showcase weekend off to a great start, the Forum has The Spirit Levellers. Formed in 2005 by frontman and guitarist Mal Kitchen, the band bring the songs and energy of The Levellers to delighted audiences across more »


Arts and crafts at the Festival

We will be celebrating arts and crafts at the Darlington Arts Festival Saturday May 9 Workshop at Darlington Crown Street Gallery – 12 noon-3pm Details of this event will change, watch this space for the new details Free drop-in taster workshop suitable for all ages and abilities run by REJIG Sewing Sessions. Come and brush more »

Support for creatives at the Festival

There will be opportunities to find out about support for creatives at the Darlington Arts Festival Wednesday May 20 The Creative Employment Programme Event Teesside University Darlington Campus 1.15 pm – 4.00 pm Funding to support arts and creative businesses grow their workforce. Arts and cultural employers can apply for funding towards the cost of more »

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Literature at the Festival

People will be getting all literary at the Darlington Arts Festival Thursday April 30 The Open Mic night for authors season continues on Thursday April 30. 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, more »

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Dancing at the Festival

Everyone’s going to be dancing at the Darlington Arts Festival Saturday May 16 A Panorama of Movement and Dance Venue: Dolphin Centre, Horsemarket DL1 5RP Time: First Performance – 2pm, Second Performance – 5.30pm Annual Festival Show of Movement and Dance, featuring participants from all over the North East, from children to mature movers, and more »


Colin Graham exhibition opens

A major exhibition of Darlington based artist Colin Graham’s work, containing paintings and drawings developed across the past decade, is on display at Crown Street Art Gallery in Crown Street Library until Thursday 7 May. There’s no charge to visit the gallery and Colin is supervising the exhibition. The event will be a feature of more »

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Music at the Festival

Music is a huge part of the Festival Thursday April 23 Darlington Folk Club meets every Thursday evening at the Copper Beech in Neasham Rd at 8pm. Tonight: St George’s Day Celebration – songs of old England The full programme and further details are on Thursday April 23-Sunday April 26 Darlington Jazz Festival Thursday more »

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Art at the Festival

There is some terrific art to enjoy in the Darlington Arts Festival April 18-June 13 The Bridge Users art exhibition at The Bridge Centre for Visual Arts, Yarm Road More information is available at Throughout May, Tuesdays to Sundays Full Steam Ahead – the Railway Art of Frank Henry Mason – an exhibition of more »


Open mic for authors

The Open Mic night for authors season continues during the Festival with the next one on Thursday April 30. 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 more »

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Vane Women recital

Monday 11 May during the festival sees a Vane Women Showcase Conservatory Bar, Darlington Civic Theatre, Parkgate, Darlington, DL1 1RR 7.30pm Vane Women entertain with an evening of Poetry and Prose Tickets £5 / £3 conc., available from Darlington Arts Box Office, 01325-486555 (10% discount for Darlington for Culture members) Contact

Bennet House writers extend invite

Here are two opportunities for writers during the Darlington Arts Festival Monday May 11 and May 18 An invitation to meet Bennet House Writers Bennet House Writers meet every Monday morning at AGE UK in Bradbury House, Beaumont Street East where they read and discuss their poetry and prose, both fiction and non-fiction. They extend more »


A life in music

Throughout May at the Festival, you can enjoy the exhibition My Music, My Life. Musical influences have played a large part in the life of local artist Anthony McGuigan and he shares this through this exhibition of paintings at the Forum in Borough Road

Noddy’s Puncture

Friday May 8 sees Noddy’s Puncture ELP at the Festival. Possibly the closest you’ll get to a live Emerson, Lake and Palmer performance, these musicians have the ability to thrill an audience with their brilliant music The Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington Tickets £10 7pm


A date for book lovers

Here’s a Festival date for the diaries of book lovers. Saturday May 9 Darlington Book Fair. Excellent range of books for sale Venue: Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College, Vane Terrace, Darlington Time: 10am-4pm Tickets £1 on the door