Darlington for Culture Free Theatre Ticket Draw

This is your chance to win two tickets to see Classic Ghost Stories at Darlington Civic Theatre. Middle Ground Theatre Company present Jack Shepherd in a double bill of classic ghost stories: • The Signalman by Charles Dickens • The Waiting Room by Robert Aickman Set in 1880 The Signalman by Charles Dickens is an more »


Now there’s scary

The Open Mic night for authors season continues on Thursday October 29 and organisers are hoping for some ghost stories given its proximity to Halloween. 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, more »

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Darlington Piano Society hits 20!

The 20th season of the society’s Sunday afternoon recitals begins on 11th October. Full details can be found at and in a brochure available at libraries, the Civic Theatre, the Dolphin Centre and other locations. A season ticket for the six recitals in the season can be purchased for £55 and a booking form 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 »

Darlington Folk Club

The town is alive with the sound of music

Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club Darlington Piano Society The 20th season of the society’s Sunday afternoon recitals begins on 11th October. Full details can be found at and in a brochure available at libraries, the Civic Theatre, the Dolphin Centre and other locations. A season ticket for the six recitals in the season can more »

Scrap Studio

Seasonal workshops

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 »


Author’s third thriller is published

The latest thriller by North East England author Roger Barnes has been published. Snow Birds, published as an ebook through Inscribe Media, is the third novel by the Darlington taxi driver following on from White Gold and Lost Souls. After a number of high profile drug related deaths from pure cocaine supplied through London clubs more »


Cartography for girls

A new exhibition has been announced: Cartography for Girls – Carol Sommer Crown Street Gallery, Darlington 3 November – 26 November Free entry British novelist and philosopher Dame Iris Murdoch (1919-1999) was an important contributor both to English literature and moral thought during the 20th Century. Cartography for Girls is a timely exhibition by Darlington-based more »


Birthday celebrations at library

Darlington’s Crown Street Library will be celebrating 130 years of service to the town in October and is planning a host of events for visitors to mark the special occasion. An Evening with Gervase Phinn will kick off the birthday celebrations on Monday, 19 October at 7pm, and is already sold out. There is also more »

Wartime themed talks

Three talks, all with a First World War theme, are taking place at Darlington Library this autumn. Thursday 1st October 2015 at 3pm Chris Lloyd of the Northern Echo will be giving a talk entitled ‘Heroes and a Villain: Darlington and the First World War’. Thursday 15th October 2015 at 2pm, The Fighting Bradfords. The more »

Music society launches programme

Darlington Music Society – website -/ is launching its new season. All concerts at 7.30pm, Central Hall, Dolphin Centre Sat 3rd October 2015 Katona Twins (Two guitars) Albeniz, Rodrigo, Scarlatti, Handel, Barrios, P. Katona, Granados, de Falla Sat 7th November 2015 Concert Royal (Soprano, cello, flute, harpsichord) Jane Austen’s Musical England Sunday 6th December more »


Ambassadors promote Brave New World

Darlington for Culture Ambassadors are promoting the next play that the Touring Consortium Theatre Company are bringing to the Civic Theatre. Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and comes to the Civic Theatre between 10th and 14th November. The Ambassadors, who are all volunteers for Darlington for Culture, travelled down to Northampton to see the play more »


Dance show comes to Darlington

A remarkable performance is coming to Darlington’s Crown Street Art Gallery on October 31. Joelene English Dance Theatre, a dance, film, and theatre company has received funding to perform in Middlesbrough, Newcastle, Bradford, Leeds, and Darlington from the end of September. February 11th 1963 is centres around Sylvia Plath who was an American poet and more »

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Festival events sought

Darlington for Culture (DfC) is seeking to hear from arts groups, venues, performers and businesses who would like to showcase themselves in the fourth Darlington Arts Festival due to run throughout May 2016. The festival, again to be staged at a wide range of venues across the borough, is being co-ordinated by DfC, the group more »