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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 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 »


Darlington Choral Society concert

The next concert by Darlington Choral Society will be on Saturday 8th April at Holy Trinity Church, commencing at 7.30pm. The programme includes Faure’s Requiem and a selection of other music across three centuries. Details can be found at


Fifth Darlington Arts Festival programme is launched

The programme has been announced for the fifth Darlington Arts Festival – themed A Celebration of Talent – due to run at a wide range of venues across the borough. Co-ordinated by Darlington for Culture (DfC), the group which speaks for arts and culture in the area, the festival has 64 events at 18 venues more »

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Final concert of piano recital season

Darlington Piano Society has been celebrating its 21st season with recitals that have brought artists of the highest quality to the Dolphin Centre. Distinguished French pianist Amandine Savary concludes the season with works by Robert and Clara Schumann on March 26. Concerts take place at 3pm on Sunday afternoons at Central Hall in the Dolphin 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


Open mic showcases exciting writing

The new season of Open Mic nights for authors will continue on Thursday March 30. 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 of the month. Now in their more »


The town is alive with the sound of music

Musical fun with Big Little Gigs Great year in prospect for Darlington’s New Orleans Jazz Club Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club has started its 2017 year-long programme of live jazz. Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club are proud of the fact that they have been playing their part in keeping jazz alive in the town since 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 »

New theatre company to debut at Arts Festival

Wednesday May 31 sees new theatre company No Name Theatre Group present Communication Breakdown as part of Darlington Arts Festival, at the Elm Tree Room, Friends’ Meeting House, Skinnergate, Darlington 7pm An offshoot of the Inkerman Writers, No Name Theatre is an emerging theatre company based in Darlington and formed by local writers Angela Pickering, 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 »

Celebrating Queen at the Festival

Friday April 28 at Darlington Arts Festival will see Harrowgate Club presents An Evening with Queen II. It`s been 25 years since the death of Freddie Mercury, one of the greatest showmen and vocalists of the 20th Century. In honour of his work, the club present An Evening with Queen, an authentic tribute to one 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 to excellent workshops at Darlington Arts Festival 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 using 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 »