Stalls on offer for showcase day

Darlington Arts Showcase, Sunday 10th May. Call for Stall Holders. Darlington for Culture, in partnership with a number of other organisations, is pleased to offer market stalls in the Borough Road area, close to the Civic Theatre, to those wishing to showcase art and craft on Sunday 10th May as part of Darlington’s Arts Festival. more »


Jabberwocky Market is here!

March 26- 29 Jabberwocky Market is here, including The Adventure @ Jabberwocky Market- Thursday 26 March 2015 Location: Bus to secret location – tbc Times: 11am, 2pm, 6pm Running time: 60 minutes Tickets: £9/ £7 concessions The Adventure is an interactive mystery story for 8 – 11 year olds and parents who refuse to grow more »

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Full Steam Ahead for exhibition

Head of Steam – Darlington Railway Museum is staging an exhibition of railway posters and carriage prints by one of Britain’s finest railway poster artists. Frank Henry Mason, from Seaton Carew, was born in 1875 and gave up a life at sea to paint watercolours – despite no formal training. He started to paint his more »

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Institute hosts charity gig

The So Shoddy Waddy” tribute band are hosting a charity evening of live music and entertainment on Saturday 9th May from 7:30pm at Cockerton Institute on Woodland Road. Covering classics such as Brown Eyed Girl, Great Balls of Fire and Johnny B Good, it promises to be a great evening at only £5 a ticket, more »

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Authors society organises Festival event

A day of events on Saturday May 16, organised by Authors North, the northern group of the Society of Authors (www.societyofauthors.org), will be one of the highspots of the Darlington Arts Festival. Event 1 The Authors’ Media Toolkit The Authors’ Media Toolkit is a day of practical workshops aimed at writers/illustrators. The event to attend more »


Festival to open with political debate

Darlington Arts Festival will open on Monday April 20 with the big pre-election arts and culture debate at 7pm in the Liddiard Theatre at Polam Hall School on Grange Road Come and join a big pre-election debate on the future of arts and culture, which will launch the third Darlington Arts Festival. Darlington general election more »


Showcase weekend at the Festival

Saturday May 9-Sunday May 10 Saturday May 9 To get the Arts Showcase weekend off to a great start, the Forum has The Spirit Levellers. Formed in 2005 by frontman and guitarist Mal Kitchen, the band bring the songs and energy of The Levellers to delighted audiences across the UK. On the same night they more »


Arts and crafts at the Festival

We will be celebrating arts and crafts at the Darlington Arts Festival Saturday May 9 REJIG ‘Sew Saturday’ workshop at Darlington Crown Street Gallery – 12 noon-3pm Free drop-in taster workshop suitable for all ages and abilities run by REJIG Sewing Sessions. Come and brush up your sewing skills or learn some new ones while more »

Support for creatives at the Festival

There will be opportunities to find out about support for creatives at the Darlington Arts Festival Wednesday May 20 The Creative Employment Programme Event Teesside University Darlington Campus 1.15 pm – 4.00 pm Funding to support arts and creative businesses grow their workforce. Arts and cultural employers can apply for funding towards the cost of more »

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Literature at the Festival

People will be getting all literary at the Darlington Arts Festival Friday May 1 Book Group Discussion: Silent Spring by Rachel Carson and Our Synthetic Environment by Murray Bookchin. Come and discuss these two seminal texts which helped kick start the modern environmental movement. Admission free. Venue: Voodoo Cafe, Skinnergate,7 -9 pm. Tuesday, May 5 more »

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Dancing at the Festival

Everyone’s going to be dancing at the Darlington Arts Festival Saturday May 16 A Panorama of Movement and Dance Venue: Dolphin Centre, Horsemarket DL1 5RP Time: First Performance – 2pm, Second Performance – 5.30pm Annual Festival Show of Movement and Dance, featuring participants from all over the North East, from children to mature movers, and more »


Music at the Festival (including Darlington Jazz Festival)

Music is a huge part of the Festival Thursday April 23 Darlington Folk Club meets every Thursday evening at the Copper Beech in Neasham Rd at 8pm. Tonight: St George’s Day Celebration – songs of old England The full programme and further details are on www.darlingtonfolkclub.com Thursday April 23-Sunday April 26 Darlington Jazz Festival Thursday more »

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Art at the Festival

There is some terrific art to enjoy in the Darlington Arts Festival April 27-June 22 The Bridge Users art exhibition Building Bridges at The Bridge Centre for Visual Arts, Yarm Road More information is available at http://thebridgedarlington.org.uk/ Throughout May, Tuesdays to Sundays Full Steam Ahead – the Railway Art of Frank Henry Mason – an more »

Youngsters in theatre

Good Old Days workshop

An opportunity has arisen to be part of a half term workshop and performance linked to the The Good Old Days of Variety at Darlington Civic Theatre in April. On Tuesday 7 April join tutor Kate Ruddick and go back in time to visit the Civic Theatre’s roots in the era of music hall and more »

Easter Fun

Families are invited to join in the Easter family fun at the Head of Steam, Darlington Railway Museum, on Easter Sunday. There will be fun-filled activities for all the family to get involved with at the museum on Sunday 5 April 2015, from 10am – 4pm. Come along, join in and enjoy Easter themed arts more »

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In memory

HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL EVENT DARKNESS TO LIGHT: A commemoration of the liberation of Bergen-Belsen DURHAM CATHEDRAL, Saturday 18 April 8pm A moving and inspiring event to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Bergen Belsen and the role played by the Durham Light Infantry. The theme of the event will be ‘Shoes’. The Event aims more »

Mandolin Orchestra

Mandolin Magic

Founded in 1980 in our twin town of Mülheim, the MZO have the reputation of being one of the best mandolin orchestras in Germany and have played throughout Europe. This is a a great opportunity to see them perform here in Darlington for the first time, their trip being funded by the Goethe Institute. Concerts, more »

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Bringing the arts community together

The next First Wednesday Arts Network gathering will be held on Wednesday April 1. 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 »

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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


Poppy target is reached

The target of 1,100 poppies, to commemorate the brave men from Darlington who lost their lives for their country during World War I, has been reached. More than one thousand poppies have been lovingly created by knitters, felters and crocheters to commemorate each of the 1,100 Darlington men who gave their lives in the First more »

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Duo to appear in Pantomime

Darlington Civic Theatre has announced that Britain’s Got Talent winning act, Ashleigh and Pudsey, are to star in this year’s magical family pantomime, Cinderella. Described by Simon Cowell as “one of my favourite ever acts”, since winning Britain’s Got Talent Ashleigh and Pudsey have been in phenomenal international demand. They have presented two series of more »