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Initiative continues to bring the arts community together An initiative to bring together artists from across the borough of Darlington to share ideas will stage its third event on October 1. The First Wednesday Arts Network, run by Humantics CIC and Darlington for Culture, will take place between 6pm and 8pm at the Forum Music more »

Maria opens Piano Society season

Those people who are appreciative of performances of a wide range of classical piano repertoire can look forward to the 19th season of six recitals on offer from Darlington Piano Society over the winter months. Full details can be found at and in a brochure available at libraries, the Civic Theatre, the Dolphin Centre and more »

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Darlington to host Oxjam Darlo

Darlington will host the terrific Oxfam fundraising music event Oxjam Darlo on Sunday October 12 between 4pm and midnight. Seven venues across the town will be involved to raise money for charity. The organisers say: “Darlington has never seen anything like this. We are going to cram venues in the town centre with awesome band more »

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Jabberwocky Market to return

It’s one of the biggest dates in Darlington’s cultural calendar and this year promises to be its best yet. Jabberwocky Market, (, makes a welcome return to venues in and around Darlington from Thursday 2 – Sunday 5 October 2014 for another four days of performances, workshops, talks and fun activities for audiences of all more »

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Members’ meeting

The next DfC members’ get together is coming up next month, with details as follows: Time: 6:30pm Date: Friday 24 October Venue: Upstairs at Voodoo Cafe, Skinnergate Amongst other things, we will be discussing the 2015 arts festival, as well as the latest on Head of Steam and Cockerton Library. We very much hope to more »


Fancy playing with Darlington Orchestra?

Darlington Orchestra has issued a call for players. The orchestra’s new season started mid-September and there are places for strings players and some vacancies for wind and brass players. They play a range of classical music from the past few centuries, including opera/ballet favourites, film music, familiar tunes from the musicals and lesser-known pieces by more »

Hairspray auditions

With Darlington Operatic Society’s production of Sister Act only weeks away they are already getting ready for their next blockbuster production – Hairspray. The next set of New Member auditions are taking place on Tuesday November 4th so if you want the chance to be in the happiest show this side of Baltimore then complete more »

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Why not become a volunteer?

DfC is running a recruitment drive for volunteers. Expression of interest forms are available here on our site in the volunteers section, you can email or put your contact details in an envelope addressed to the Volunteer Co-ordinator, Darlington for Culture, c/o Evolution, Church Row, Darlington, Co. Durham DL1 5QD. Anyone aged sixteen or more »

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Maggie Smith workshops

Worth checking out these workshops. Maggie Smith is a self employed artist and designer/maker who works from a studio in Darlington. She has exhibited her work both as an individual and in group shows for over 20 years. She works with surfaces, layers and small detail using paper, fabric, paint and stitch to create both more »

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John Longstaff exhibition

This exhibition is well worth visting. John Longstaff was born and brought up in Darlington and earns his living as a cartoonist (pen-name Cluff) and artist. For many years he collaborated with Jack Duncan (writer) on various cartoon strips (Du Côte de Chez Smith in The Literary Review). Jack sold many of John’s cartoons through more »


Darlington Arts Festival 2015 is launched

Initial details of the 2015 Darlington Arts Festival have been announced and organisers are appealing for arts organisations to get involved. Darlington for Culture (DfC) is seeking to hear from arts groups, venues, performers and businesses who would like to showcase themselves in the third annual festival, due to run throughout May 2015. The festival, more »