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Darlington for Culture launches small grants scheme

To celebrate the beginning of Darlington Arts Festival, which it co-ordinates, arts organisation 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 more »


Young musicians jazz it up at festival

Budding young musicians joined in the fun at the sixth annual Darlington Jazz Festival. The festival promises a host of high quality, diverse performances across the town centre and is the spectacular launch event for the month-long Darlington Arts Festival (27 April-31 May) coordinated by Darlington for Culture. On Saturday 29 April, the best of more »

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Matt heads home for all that jazz!

By Sam Howard of the Darlington College Festival Reporting Team London-based jazz trumpeter Matt Roberts will be making a return to his home town as part of Darlington Jazz Festival, which launches the fifth Darlington Arts Festival and runs between April 27-30. Matt, 30, said: “I love coming back to Darlington. My parents have moved more »


Comedy at the Festival

Saturday May 6 at Darlington Arts Festival sees the Hilarity Bites Comedy Club @ The Forum Monthly comedy night with 3 top stand-up comedians take to The Forum stage for an evening of quality stand- up Tickets £10 – Doors 7-30pm.


New Orleans jazz at the Festival

Saturday May 6 sees Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club welcomes Spats Langham’s Hot Fingers group as part of Darlington Arts Festival. St Augustines Parish Centre in Larchfield Street 12.30pm Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club has promoted live jazz in Darlington since 1996. From ragtime to swing, through the hot dance music of the 1920s, to more »


Head of Steam talks, workshops and exhibitions at the Festival

There are some interesting talks, workshops and exhibitions at Head of Steam during Darlington Arts Festival Until Sunday May 7 Travels with a Sketchbook, an exhibition of sketchbooks and drawings by Rita Smith Temporary Exhibition Gallery, Head of Steam Included in normal entrance fee. Drawing and travel are important factors of Rita Smith’s practice and more »

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Poetry at the Festival

Wednesday May 3 at Darlington Arts Festival sees a Poetry Reading by Marilyn Longstaff. Venue: Crown Street Library, Crown Street, Darlington, DL1 1ND – 2pm Free Marilyn Longstaff has spent most of her adult life in the North East. She lives in Darlington and is a member of the writing, performing and publishing collective Vane more »


Folk at the Festival

Folk music has always been a big part of Darlington Arts Festival and this year is no different, including an appearance from Tom McConville, BBC Folk Musician of the Year. Thursday May 4 Singers, Musicians & Poets Darlington Folk Club meets every Thursday evening at the Copper Beech in Neasham Rd at 8pm Further details, more »

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A night with John Rutherford at the Festival

Author and raconteur John R Rutherford will be appearing at Darlington Arts Festival. Event details Monday May 15 Voodoo Café, Skinnergate 7.30pm An Evening with S John Rutherford – Come along to experience an author who likes the sound of his own voice. Bear witness to why spelling is important and why the arts should more »

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Music at the Forum during the Festival

The Forum is hosting some terrific music during Darlington Arts Festival. Wednesday May 3 – Open Mic Night Forum Music Centre, Borough Road Monthly open mic night where the stage is set for you Youth Spot: – 7pm Regular spot: – 8pm Thursday May 11 – Dom Pipkin Forum Music Centre, Borough Road Dom Pipkin more »


The Fabs at the Festival

Friday May 19 at Darlington Arts Festival sees MerseyMania as The Fabs make a welcome return to the town. Venue: The Majestic Theatre, Bondgate, Darlington DL3 7JT A welcome return to Darlington for the show that played sell-out performances at Darlington’s Arts Centre Theatre in 2010, 2011 and 2012. The Fabs re-create the exciting ‘MerseyMania’ more »

A walk in the park at the Festival

Saturday May 6 during Darlington Arts Festival sees A Walk in the Park St Andrew’s Church, Haughton-Le-Skerne, Darlington, DL1 2DD 7:30 pm An evening of light music and poetry presented by the Take4 Clarinet Quartet and Helen Winthorpe Kendrick. On the walk through the park you will encounter all sorts of activities. There are the more »

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Fabric sculpting at the Festival

You can learn about fabric sculpting at Darlington Arts Festival. Saturday May 13 Bottle Art – Fabric sculpting workshop by Abigail Lagden of Curiously Contrary The Bridge – Centre for Visual Arts, Yarm Rd, Darlington, DL1 1ED 1.45 – 4.15 pm Discover the addictive art of fabric sculpting. In this beginners workshop, you will transform more »

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Learning hand-made skills at the Festival

Rosi Thornton is running two excellent workshops at Darlington Arts Festival [/two_third] Wednesday May 10 Hand Made Books Oxfam Darlington, Skinnergate 6.30 – 8.30pm Price: Donations to Oxfam please Available places: 12 max This is a two-hour hands-on practical workshop with artists Jo Colley and Rosi Thornton that will introduce you to the principles of more »


Film at the Festival

Film has always been an important part of Darlington Arts Festival and this year’s film festival, staged by Darlington Film Club has aa theme around a sense of place. Tuesday May 2 7.30pm £3 Moon (15) 2009 Part of Darlington Film Club’s ‘Places’ Film Festival taking place at The Forum Music Centre in Borough Road more »

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Adult writing workshops at the Festival

There are some excellent writing workshops for adults at Darlington Arts Festival and you can book places now. Wednesday May 3 How to write, publish and sell your own book: in a nutshell 6.30pm to 8pm Health Warehouse Cafe, 15 Post House Wynd, Darlington Tickets £5 Want to know more about self-publishing? Join Sixth Element more »

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Jazz Festival to launch arts festival in style

Darlington Jazz Festival 2017 will launch Darlington Arts Festival in style Thursday 27th April – Sunday 30th April For ticket information www.darlingtonjazzfestival.co.uk Building upon the success of last year’s event with ‘sell out’ audiences, the sixth Darlington Jazz Festival promises to deliver a high quality and diverse program of jazz performances and creativity to the more »

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Drawing at the Festival

This event is part of Darlington Arts FEstival. Wednesday May 3 Free Drawing Day – ‘Drawing from Collections with Rita Smith Head of Steam Railway Museum. 10.00am. – 3.00pm A drawing day with artist Rita Smith linked to her exhibition Travels with a. Sketchbook on display in the Museum. The historic location and exciting collections more »

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Bill Lowery at the festival

Bill Lowery’s exhibition will run into the early stages of Darlington Arts Festival. Until Friday May 12 Bill Lowery exhibition Darlington Town Hall exhibition space Exhibition open standard Town Hall opening Based in the North-East of England, Bill Lowery began sketching as a child, progressing to oil painting as a teenager. His paintings include still more »


Embroidery at the Festival

Embroidery will feature in this year’s Darlington Arts Festival Majestic, an Exhibition Cabaret of Design, Colour & Stitch by members of Darlington Embroiderers’ Guild The Majestic Theatre, Bondgate, Darlington DL3 7JT Upper floor, Theatre foyer & lounge bar A varied gallery display of embroidery and textile art in a new setting. Taking Art Deco style more »

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Artists to grace festival

Artists will be showing their skills at Darlingtob Arts Festival Saturday April 22 – Thursday June 1 Community Arts Project spring summer exhibition Crown Street Art Gallery – Exhibition open standard Crown Street Library hours The Community Art Project provides an opportunity for people with learning disabilities to practice various visual arts activities with guidance more »

DHS Walks 2017

History walks

Darlington Historical Society has announced its summer walks programme: 14 May 2017 Eastbourne: Railways, Freeholders and Garden Suburb with David Howlett Meet outside St John’s Church (junction of Yarm Rd / Neasham Rd) at 1.45 pm 18 June 2017 Hurworth Wander withJean Kirkland Meet in Blind Lane, Hurworth, opposite the Spar shop, at 1.00 pm more »

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Disco nights at Voodoo

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


Want to be a crime writer?

Saturday May 6 sees a chance to learn about the art of crime writing with A Touch of Villainy – a Crime Fiction Masterclass Friends’ Meeting House, Skinnergate, Darlington 10am-4pm Run by crime novelist John Dean, the creator of the DCI John Blizzard and DCI Jack Harris series of books, this masterclass shows you how more »


Learn how to self-publish at the Festival

Wednesday May 3 at Darlington Arts Festival sees How to write, publish and sell your own book: in a nutshell 6.30pm to 8pm Health Warehouse Cafe, 15 Post House Wynd, Darlington Tickets £5 Want to know more about self-publishing? Join Sixth Element Publishing for a friendly and informal workshop giving an overview of the whole more »


Hammer actress to appear at Festival

Hammer star Madeline Smith is heading to Darlington to appear during the Arts Festival. Details: Monday May 8 7.30pm £8 adv, £10 on the door – Frankenstein And The Monster From Hell (15) 1974 Part of Darlington Film Club’s ‘Places’ Film Festival taking place at The Forum Music Centre in Borough Road Darlington FIlm Club more »

Crown Street latest

Following news that The Forum music centre is exploring a possible move into Crown Street Library, Darlington for Culture chair John Dean said: “We continue to keep abreast of developments in what is an uncertain situation surrounding the future of both the library service and the Crown Street library building. We will continue to consult more »


Sound and the landscape

Bussey & Armstrong, developers of Westpark in Darlington, are working with sound artists from Newcastle University to organise two workshops, looking at sound and the landscape at Westpark. One workshops is aimed at local residents, the other at (local) artists. Both workshops are free to attend, we just ask people to book their place by more »

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Vane Women at the Festival

Tuesday May 16 at Darlington Arts Festival sees a Vane Women Showcase. 6.30-8.00 pm. Join Vane Women for a Spring evening of poetry and prose Crown Street Gallery, Darlington, DL1 1ND Admission: £4 (-10% for DfC members) or £2 for Open Mic Readers

Bennet House Writers at the Festival

Monday May 15 at Darlington Arts Festivak sees Bennet House Writers hold an Open Morning at Crown St Library in the Art Gallery 10.0 a.m. to 12.15 p.m. They invite everyone to come along and find out more about the writing group and listen to them reading from recent work including poetry collections, novels and more »

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Community band to play at Festival

Wednesday May 17 at Darlington Arts Festival sees Darlington Community Wind Band with special guests Darlington SING The Majestic, Bondgate 7.30pm Darlington Community Wind Band are a well-established concert band with a mix of professional and amateur musicians. Membership and repertoire have grown in the past two years under the direction of conductor Ed Thompson, more »

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Fifth Festival ale is launched

The fifth Darlington Arts Festival is taking place between April 27-May 31 and to add to the enjoyment of the occasion local Mithril Ales brewer Pete Fenwick is again producing and supplying a special festival ale. Performing Arts is a Pale Ale at 3.9%, a fruity, citrusy hoppy beer. The festival is being co-ordinated by more »