Second book in trilogy is published

The second novel by Tracey Iceton has been published. Herself Alone in Orange Rain is part two in the Celtic Colours trilogy by the author, who is one of the organisers of Darlington Arts Festival. Kaylynne Ryan is a promising art student, used to fighting for her place in a world of men, but when more »

Calling all writers

Next year, Darlington for Culture is planning a full day to celebrate the achievement of local writers and offer new poets, playwrights, novelists etc the chance to develop their craft as part of Darlington Arts Festival 2018. To this end we have hired the Friends Meeting House on Skinnergate from 10am-10pm on Saturday, 26th May. more »

Youth ballet auditions

English Youth Ballet is auditioning for roles in a production of Coppélia at Darlington Hippodrome on Sunday November 26. At the audition 100 young male and female dancers aged eight to eighteen from across the region will be offered the chance to rehearse with and then dance alongside international professional principal dancers in the production more »

2018 Darlington Arts Festival is announced

Darlington for Culture (DfC) is seeking to hear from arts groups, venues, performers and businesses who would like to showcase themselves in the sixth Darlington Arts Festival The festival, again to be staged at a wide range of venues across the borough, is being co-ordinated by DfC, the group which speaks for arts and culture more »

Autumn courses at The Bridge

Courses at The Bridge Centre for Visual Arts. The centre is on Yarm Road in Darlington, on the corner of Hundens Lane, and the entrance is on Hundens Lane. Phone 01325 244174 The details of Autumn courses at The Bridge can be found on this pdf autumn courses 17

Darlington Piano Society new season

Darlington Piano Society’s concerts in recent seasons have been extremely successful, with their blend of new faces, returning artists and established favourites highlighting the incredible range of outstanding pianists both here in the UK and overseas. The Society has been able to extend this season to seven recitals but keep membership subscription at the same more »

Swashbuckling fun

Ahoy there, shipmates, why not climb aboard the good ship Naughty Nellie and join family favourites Double Trouble in a brand new swashbuckling spooktacular adventure this Halloween? Double Trouble and the Curse of the Haunted Pirate Ship will be presented by the same team that brought Sleeping Beauty to The Majestic theatre during the February more »

New Orleans jazz

Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club’s upcoming Saturday lunchtime gigs at St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Larchfield Street, Darlington, include: You’d better get ready to boogie – the Red Stripe Band is coming back to the Club on Saturday 4 November. Red Stripe and his band have been stomping their boogie-woogie rhythms now for more than 20 more »

Darlington for Culture launches small grants scheme

Darlington for Culture has announced the launch of a small grants scheme. The voluntary organisation has launched the scheme after receiving a donation from a company with Darlington connections, and is working in conjunction with Creative Darlington to administer the scheme. DfC has long believed that small grants can allow everyone from music groups to more »

Disco at Voodoo

There is a chance to enjoy some terrific disco-based music in Darlington. Double Entendre features DJ Soul, Funk, Acid Jazz, held on the 4th Friday of the month at Voodoo Café, Skinnergate 8.30pm until late.

Open mic to get all spooky

The new season of Open Mic nights for authors will continue on Thursday October 26 and, since the event happens just days before Halloween, the organisers would welcome some ghost stories! The nights, supported by Darlington for Culture and which offer a forum for writers to read their material and audiences to enjoy it, run more »

The town is alive with the sound of music

Darlington Music Society will stage six concerts of classical music during the 2017 / 2018 season as they have in previous years. Tickets are £14.00 per concert or £52.50 for a season ticket. Tickets can be obtained from the Dolphin Centre or season tickets from Mr. R. Tooze, 66 Headlands, Darlington. DL3 8RZ. Tel: 01325 more »

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, 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 regular more »

New Rejig sewing sessions

New Rejig Sewing Sessions for 2017 Rejig are offering a bigger range of friendly, drop-in sewing sessions in community venues each week, along with short monthly textile skill courses and our popular, free ‘Sew Saturday’ sessions in the South Park on the last Saturday of each month. uk/sessions/sew-saturdays/ For further details about these sessions, more »

Wolves head for Neasham

‘Wolves are Coming For You’ – a new play by Olivier-nominated Joel Harwood, comes to Neasham Reading Room on Thursday 26th October. The production by Pentabus Rural Theatre Company and Everyman Theatre is part of the Rural Arts Autumn Tour and explores just how much wild we are comfortable with. Someone has seen a wolf. more »

Micro-Shakespeare heads to town

A unique and creative Shakespeare experience is set to engage the people of Darlington, when it arrives in town from the 23rd to the 28th October. Micro-Shakespeare, is a collaborative interactive installation, casting the audience as a performer or viewer in an intimate, eight-minute performance. Members of the public will be welcomed to join one more »

Morris dancing team seeks new members

The Cotswold Morris Team\Black Diamond Mixed Cotswold Morris is seeking new members. Named after one of the first steam locomotives to operate on the Darlington and Stockton Railway \Black Diamond, this new Cotswold Morris team is based in Darlington. Dancing traditional dances from the Cotswold villages, this team comprises of both women and men. They more »

Artistic talent on show

The artistic talents of some of Darlington’s older residents will be put in the frame at a special exhibition in the Town Hall in October. The display follows the growing popularity of art classes at two of the borough’s extra care housing schemes, Dalkeith House and Oban Court, which support older people to live independently. more »

Family arts day

A family fun arts day will be held in Darlington on October 29. The event has been supported by one of Darlington for Culture’s small arts grants.

Theatrical collaboration is announced

Darlington-based theatre company, ODDMANOUT, has formed an international collaboration with The Market Theatre Laboratory, Johannesburg, for a new production, examining womanhood in 2017. A female led project, Encountering the Other, will combine an exciting fusion of live and digital performance and is set to challenge perception, demand empowerment and unite cultures through conversation and creation. more »