Your chance to support Cockerton Library

Information sessions for anyone interested in working as a volunteer at Cockerton Library are being held this week. The first one is on Monday 26 January from 6.30 – 8.30pm. Anyone who feels they can help at the library in their spare time or who would like to attend to pledge their support is welcome more »

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Memorial concert to be held

Angela Hewitt is to give a recital of Bach and Beethoven in Darlington. The internationally renowned pianist returns to play in Darlington for the first time since 2003 when she gives a recital in Central Hall, The Dolphin Centre at 3pm on Sunday, 15th March in memory of David Robson who passed away in March more »

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Library hosts exhibitions

There are two great free exhibitions at Darlington Library this month and in February. The Tees Valley exhibition, Remembering Our War returns to Darlington at Crown Street Library until Thursday 26 February. The exhibition looks at people living in the Tees Valley during the First World War and tells the story of Nurse Tiplady from 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. For more information contact Paul Dillon on 07751 966708 or pjd5200@hotmail.com.

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Arts community project is extended

The First Wednesday Arts Network is to be extended after a successful trial period. An initiative that aims to bring together people from across the borough of Darlington, First Wednesday Arts Network is open to everyone from arts practitioners to audience members. The evenings, run by Humantics CIC and Darlington for Culture, are informal drop-ins more »


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 »


Ivana continues piano society season

Darlington Piano Society is staging its 19th season of six recitals over the winter months, which continues with Ivana Gavrić in February. Ivana gave an outstanding recital in November 2013 and there has been no hesitation in inviting her back in the subsequent season. Her programme on February 8th includes music by Bartok – a 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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DfC seeks more volunteers ahead of festival

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 groups, businesses and venues in activities ranging from stewarding art exhibitions to helping to run events, including co-ordinating the annual Darlington more »

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Love is in the air

Love is in the air in Darlington as shoppers are invited to search for hearts in the Victorian Market Hall in a bid to win a prize. Special hearts with loving words have been printed in the February issue of Darlington Together, a monthly magazine produced by The Northern Echo and Darlington Borough Council and more »

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Fun at the Forum

February events @ The Forum Friday 6th – The Laymans + Support North East Indie Rockers + local singer /songwriter Phil Cox Tickets £6 – Doors 8pm Saturday 7th – Hilarity Bites Comedy Club Ivan Brackenbury’s fantastic ‘Hospital Radio Roadshow’, complete with inappropriate records and bungled cues, is now a regular fixture on the live more »

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Crossing the Water

Worth checking out this book by local author Ian Wilkinson Crossing the Water In 1919, two Irish boys are caught in a cross-fire between the IRA and the British… one boy is protected by a soldier, while his friend is used as a human shield. As men, both will be forced to leave their homeland more »

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Artist talk

The first blimey! artist talk of the year is from Sara Cooper, Wednesday February 4 7.30pm – 8.30pm at the usual venue, Darlington Central Club. For further information visit http://www.blimeydarlington.wordpress.com, tweet @blimeydarlo or find them on Facebook.

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New variety show

Be part of history – see the first ever performance of The Chris Graham Variety Show, with all-new original material, including Comedy, Music, Sketches and Improv. This is an inter-active 75-minute show (tickets £4 (£3 conc) on Friday March 13th 8.30pm – Voodoo Café, Skinnergate, Darlington. Featuring: comic Chris Graham, writer-performer Val Fairclough, singer-songwriter Jane more »

In the frame

Darlington Video Makers Club meets weekly from September to March, sharing ideas, solving problems and discussing and viewing work produced by members and other clubs in the UK. Further information, including venue details, can be found at www.darlingtoncamcorderclub.co.uk Next meeting February 5 The club hold its annual Holiday Competition. Films are limited to 15 minutes more »


Writers’ group meets

Bennet House Writers meet every Monday at 10.30am at Age UK, Bradbury House Beaumont Street West, Darlington DLI 5SX. The group read and discuss both new and old work from members that includes poetry, short stories and novels. Further details can be obtained from Mary Sweeten on 01325 283401.

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A View from the Bridge on its way

Working through the Ambassadors scheme, Darlington for Culture volunteers are among those promoting the forthcoming arrival at Darlington Civic Theatre of A View from the Bridge by Arthur Miller. A production from The Touring Consortium Theatre Company, the play comes to the Civic in March. 2015 marks the centenary of Arthur Miller’s birth and this more »