Darlington Arts Festival 2020

Darlington Arts Festival 2020 “Platform for talent: get on board” The eighth annual festival will take place in Darlington from Friday 15th to Monday 18th May 2020. The multi-faceted showcase aims to highlight the variety of talent in the town across all artforms. The festival is again being supported by Creative Darlington and it will more »

Arts Society: ‘Spread a Little Happiness’

‘Spread a Little Happiness: The Story of the British Musical’ lectures by Malcolm Jones on Monday 2nd December 2019. The British Musical was triumphant in the 1920s and 1930s when Noel Coward and Ivor Novello dominated the West End. However, the arrival of Oklahoma in 1948 changed everything. For the next 30 years, audiences flocked more »

Lectures for DLA’s 137th year

The DLA opened its 137th year with ‘Angelic Streets’ on Monday 2nd September 7.30pm. It was the encouraging story of one man’s crusade to recover late-night town and city centres from the scourge of binge drinking. Paul Blakey MBE explained how his Street Angels initiative to improve behaviour and protect the vulnerable has spread across more »

Free classical concert in Darlington

Darlington Music Society has announced an exciting extra concert for this season, and admission will be free. The Pettman Ensemble, an accomplished chamber music group, well known in their native New Zealand, begin their UK tour in Darlington. They will play at the Central Hall, Dolphin Centre, on Monday 2nd December 2019 at 7.30pm. The more »

Catch Your Breath: exhibition and poetry workshop

Join North East poet Christy Ducker for a writing workshop inspired by a fundamental bodily function: breath. The work will include responses to art and ideas from around the world, thinking about breath and respiratory health in new ways. Expect to play with breath in the poetic line and let the air into your writing! more »

Hurworth Concert Band’s Christmas event

Hurworth Concert Band’s next concert is a joint venture with Polam Hall’s school choir on Saturday 7th December 2019. They will present a sparkling array of Christmas music at Liddiard Theatre, Polam Hall School, Grange Road, Darlington DL1 5PA.  7pm-9pm Tickets: adult £5; children £2 Tickets at the door or call 0771 7244579

Darlington Stage School AJ Productions

Join Darlington Stage School AJ Productions to learn to act, dance and sing and take part in multiple productions throughout the year. All children who attend AJ Productions stage schools have the opportunity to perform in the professional pantomime at The Garden Rooms at Tennants in Leyburn, this year starring Britain’s Got Talent finalist Danny more »

DNOJ presents ‘Dixie Mix’

Darlington New Orleans Jazz rounds off the 2019 season on Saturday 7th December with ‘Dixie Mix’. This highly professional and entertaining band from East Anglia will offer a high-quality performance of the good-old New Orleans classics with their first appearance in Darlington. The club takes place at St Augustine’s Parish Centre Larchfield Street, Darlington DL3 more »

Vane Women Press: Colpitts Poetry

On Friday 6 December 2019, Darlington-based Vane Women Press hosts a double-bill event. The collectuve is proud to launch its latest publication, a book by poet Rachel Burns ‘A girl in a blue dress’. And Marilyn Longstaff will read new and published poems. Colpitts Poetry, Alington House, 4 North Bailey, Durham Friday 6th December 7.30pm more »

DPS presents Alexandra Vaduva: 8th December

Darlington Piano Society welcomes Romanian-born pianist, Alexandra Vaduva, for its recital at 3pm on Sunday 8th December 2019, in Central Hall, Dolphin Centre. Alexandra began playing the piano at the age of 4 and came to the UK in 2009 to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she has successfully completed the more »