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Be part of the network

An initiative to bring together artists from across the borough of Darlington to share ideas will stage its next event on December 3. The First Wednesday Arts Network, run by Humantics CIC and Darlington for Culture, will take place between 6pm and 8pm at the Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington. The initiative comes after more »

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Seasonal workshops

There are still places for these Autumn and Christmas workshops at ScrapstudioArts, in Borough Rd, Darlington Monday 24th November, 7-9pm Felted Christmas Baubles Cost £7 per person, which includes mince pie and mulled wine. Saturday 29th November, 1.30-3.30pm Christmas Wreaths & Baubles Cost £5 per person. To book contact Yvonne on: T: 07727706335 or E: more »

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Maggie Smith workshop

Worth checking out the last of 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 more »

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Be part of Darlington Arts Festival 2015

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 »

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Mishka continues piano society season

Darlington Piano Society is staging its 19th season of six recitals over the winter months. The next event features Mishka Rushdie Momen (pictured), the youngest pupil ever to attend the Menuhin School at the age of six, who makes her first appearance in Darlington on 30th November. She brings a recital including two of the more »

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Knitting Cafe worth a visit

A reminder that the Knitting Cafe holds its Monday night sessions at Lingfield Point, off McMullen Road. The sessions introduce people to knitting, and are also for experienced exponents. For more information, contact Becky on 07550002773

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Why not become a DfC volunteer?

Darlington for Culture (DfC), which support arts in the town, is running a recruitment drive for volunteers to support its activities. The organisation, which is a Community Benefit Society, a type of co-operative, supports a variety of groups, businesses and venues in activities ranging from stewarding art exhibitions to helping to run events, including co-ordinating more »

Sewing and recycling sessions

Rejig runs sewing and recycling sessions in community venues across Darlington, open to people of all ages and abilities. You can learn to use a sewing machine from scratch or brush up old skills, make patchwork quilts with recycled fabrics or start making your own crafts, cushions and clothes. The sessions are friendly and relaxed more »

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Bridge stages art exhibition

Popular landscape painter and tutor Paul Dillon is showing examples of recent work at the Bridge Centre for the Visual Arts, Yarm Road, Darlington DL1 1ED from 6th December until 2nd February. Guest artist Heather Kinsella will be showing as well. The exhibition will be opened at 6pm Friday December 5th. Wine and nibbles will more »

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Writers’ awards are launched

The Northern Writers’ Awards are now open for applications. The annual awards discover and nurture writing talent from the North of England and there is more than £46,000 worth of prizes and support up for grabs, for writers working across all forms and genres. There are also two prizes available for young writers: the Cuckoo more »

Charity Christmas concert

John MacKenzie is coming to Darlington to conduct Darlington Concert Band – ‘Christmas Magic’ with guest singers 7.30 pm, Monday 22nd December. All Saints’ Church, Ravensdale Road Tickets £10, under 16s free from 01325 730280 and at the door. This is the band’s thirty-fifth Christmas Concert for charity, this year supporting the Rotary Cub of more »

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Open mic night for authors

The Open Mic night for authors season continues on Thursday November 27, the last one of 2014 (it resumes in January). 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 more »

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A choral treat

Darlington Choral Society with Darlington Sinfonia Orchestra present Rossini petite messe solonnelle (Conductor: Richard Bloodworth) on Saturday 29th November, 7.30pm, Central Hall Dolphin Centre Darlington Tickets £12 (Students £5) available from Dolphin Centre – Footprints Bookshop Choir members – on the door

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And the geeks shall inherit the earth

Amy Holmes, a Darlington College NCTJ Journalism trainee, talks to BBC New Comedy Award winner Steve Bugeja In a brightly-lit dressing room at the back of a 19th Century converted schoolhouse, award-winning young comedian Steve Bugeja fervently sips on a glass of ice water. “I keep thinking my mouth’s going to dry up while I’m more »

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Panto time!

The Chuckle Brothers take to the Yellow Brick Road in Darlington Civic Theatre’s 3D pantomime, The Chuckles of Oz. Real-life brothers Paul and Barry Elliott, better known as The Chuckle Brothers, return to panto in Darlington after the massive success of Aladdin last year. The brothers will be joined by The Tin Man (Danny Potts), more »

It’s a Murder Mystery at Head of Steam

A new temporary exhibition with a literary theme opens at Head of Steam on Saturday 8 November. Murder and Mystery Writers: Past and Present is on loan from the National Portrait Gallery until Sunday 14 December. The exhibition has contemporary photographs of crime writers by award-winning photographer Nicola Kurtz, and Victorian photographic works of authors more »

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Christmas choir event

This is a Darlington community choir initiative organised by the Cornmill Shopping Centre offering choir groups the chance to win £1,000 and have the chance to perform at the Darlington 2015 lights switch on