Young musicians jazz it up for festival

Budding young musicians are tuning up to join in the fun at the sixth annual Darlington Jazz Festival. The festival promises a host of high quality, diverse performances across the town centre and will be the spectacular launch event the month-long Darlington Arts Festival (27 April-31 May) coordinated by Darlington for Culture. Pupils from Reid more »

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Matt heads home for all that jazz!

By Sam Howard of the Darlington College Festival Reporting Team London-based jazz trumpeter Matt Roberts will be making a return to his home town as part of Darlington Jazz Festival, which launches the fifth Darlington Arts Festival and runs between April 27-30. Matt, 30, said: “I love coming back to Darlington. My parents have moved more »


New Orleans jazz at the Festival

Saturday May 6 sees Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club welcomes Spats Langham’s Hot Fingers group as part of Darlington Arts Festival. St Augustines Parish Centre in Larchfield Street 12.30pm Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club has promoted live jazz in Darlington since 1996. From ragtime to swing, through the hot dance music of the 1920s, to more »


Head of Steam talks, workshops and exhibitions at the Festival

There are some interesting talks, workshops and exhibitions at Head of Steam during Darlington Arts Festival Until Sunday May 7 Travels with a Sketchbook, an exhibition of sketchbooks and drawings by Rita Smith Temporary Exhibition Gallery, Head of Steam Included in normal entrance fee. Drawing and travel are important factors of Rita Smith’s practice and more »

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Poetry at the Festival

Wednesday May 3 at Darlington Arts Festival sees a Poetry Reading by Marilyn Longstaff. Venue: Crown Street Library, Crown Street, Darlington, DL1 1ND – 2pm Free Marilyn Longstaff has spent most of her adult life in the North East. She lives in Darlington and is a member of the writing, performing and publishing collective Vane more »


Folk at the Festival

Folk music has always been a big part of Darlington Arts Festival and this year is no different, including an appearance from Tom McConville, BBC Folk Musician of the Year . Thursday April 27 Bob Fox – the songman in ‘War Horse’ Darlington Folk Club meets every Thursday evening at the Copper Beech in Neasham more »

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A night with John Rutherford at the Festival

Author and raconteur John R Rutherford will be appearing at Darlington Arts Festival. Event details Monday May 15 Voodoo Café, Skinnergate 7.30pm An Evening with S John Rutherford – Come along to experience an author who likes the sound of his own voice. Bear witness to why spelling is important and why the arts should 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 »


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 »

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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 »

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Drawing at the Festival

This event is part of Darlington Arts FEstival. Wednesday May 3 Free Drawing Day – ‘Drawing from Collections with Rita Smith Head of Steam Railway Museum. 10.00am. – 3.00pm A drawing day with artist Rita Smith linked to her exhibition Travels with a. Sketchbook on display in the Museum. The historic location and exciting collections more »

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Bill Lowery at the festival

Bill Lowery’s exhibition will run into the early stages of Darlington Arts Festival. Until Friday May 12 Bill Lowery exhibition Darlington Town Hall exhibition space Exhibition open standard Town Hall opening Based in the North-East of England, Bill Lowery began sketching as a child, progressing to oil painting as a teenager. His paintings include still more »


Embroidery at the Festival

Embroidery will feature in this year’s Darlington Arts Festival Majestic, an Exhibition Cabaret of Design, Colour & Stitch by members of Darlington Embroiderers’ Guild The Majestic Theatre, Bondgate, Darlington DL3 7JT Upper floor, Theatre foyer & lounge bar A varied gallery display of embroidery and textile art in a new setting. Taking Art Deco style more »

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Artists to grace festival

Artists will be showing their skills at Darlingtob Arts Festival Saturday April 22 – Thursday June 1 Community Arts Project spring summer exhibition Crown Street Art Gallery – Exhibition open standard Crown Street Library hours The Community Art Project provides an opportunity for people with learning disabilities to practice various visual arts activities with guidance more »

DHS Walks 2017

History walks

Darlington Historical Society has announced its summer walks programme: 14 May 2017 Eastbourne: Railways, Freeholders and Garden Suburb with David Howlett Meet outside St John’s Church (junction of Yarm Rd / Neasham Rd) at 1.45 pm 18 June 2017 Hurworth Wander withJean Kirkland Meet in Blind Lane, Hurworth, opposite the Spar shop, at 1.00 pm 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 Open Mic nights for authors will continue on Thursday April 27 at the beginning of Darlington Arts Festival. 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 more »


The town is alive with the sound of music

For the many attractions taking part in the Darlington Arts Festival between April 27-May 31, please go to 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 more »

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Community band to play at Festival

Wednesday May 17 at Darlington Arts Festival sees Darlington Community Wind Band with special guests Darlington SING The Majestic, Bondgate 7.30pm Darlington Community Wind Band are a well-established concert band with a mix of professional and amateur musicians. Membership and repertoire have grown in the past two years under the direction of conductor Ed Thompson, more »

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Fifth Festival ale is launched

The fifth Darlington Arts Festival is taking place between April 27-May 31 and to add to the enjoyment of the occasion local Mithril Ales brewer Pete Fenwick is again producing and supplying a special festival ale. Performing Arts is a Pale Ale at 3.9%, a fruity, citrusy hoppy beer. The festival is being co-ordinated by more »

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Paul Dillon work is showcased

Exhibition at The Bridge Centre for Visual Arts Yarm Road Darlington DL1 1ED 8 April – 2 June 2017 ‘Another Side of Paul Dillon’ and Blinded by the Light’ Paul Dillon started work in Darlington in 1975 drawing souvenir prints for the 125th Anniversary of the Stockton and Darlington Railway, 5 years later he began more »

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Playwrights prepare for debut at Arts Festival

By Suzie Russell, Darlington College Festival Reporting Team In preparation for the Darlington Arts Festival, authors and playwrights Angela Pickering, Lesley Blundell and Sandra Spears, who together make up the ‘No Name Theatre Company,’ spoke to NCTJ Journalism student Suzie Russell about their maiden collaborative work, called Communication Breakdown. Expect a large dose of laughter more »

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Life drawing class launches

A new not-for-profit life drawing organisation is launching in Darlington on April 13th. Lust For Life Drawing is the brainchild of local artist Jonny Lancaster and his partner Grace Wakes. Held on a monthly basis, each session will invite those who want to try drawing from life without the commitment of signing up to a more »


Comedy at the Festival

Saturday May 6 at Darlington Arts Festival sees the Hilarity Bites Comedy Club @ The Forum Monthly comedy night with 3 top stand-up comedians take to The Forum stage for an evening of quality stand- up Tickets £10 – Doors 7-30pm.


Discovering the area with the Bright Water Wanders

The Bright Water landscape project has organised a series of walks, including several in Darlington. The project covers 200km2 within the lowland area of County Durham and Darlington, the surrounds of the River Skerne. The Bright Water area runs from Hurworth Burn reservoir in East Durham to the point where the river enters South Park more »