Festival Countdown Beings

Week by week Festival guide

The Darlington Arts Festival is upon us and we’re doing a week by week guide to events, which will update during the festival. Check it out at our Newsletter section to the left of this post.

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Darlington Jazz Festival launches Arts Festival

The Darlington Arts Festival is nearly upon us, starting with… April 24-April 27 Darlington Jazz Festival 2014 Following on from the success of the past two years, Darlington Jazz Festival 2014 promises to raise the bar yet again to bring you an exciting range of events from the local, national and international jazz scene. The more »

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Where now for the arts? The big Festival debate

The arts scene is changing rapidly and this special Darlington Arts Festival event will discuss some of the key issues: Tuesday 27 May The Future for Arts and Culture in Darlington: Festival Debate The Forum, Borough Road, Darlington, DL1 1SG 6:30pm Peter Barron MBE, Editor of The Northern Echo, chairs our festival debate about what more »

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Arts, crafts and exhibitions at the Festival

There’s some terrific art and craft events at the Darlington Arts Festival Thursday May 1st, 6pm: Art Exhibition, Satire is Alive and Well and Living in Darlington. Cafe Create, 95 Parkgate, Darlington The opening of a month-long exhibition of visual art celebrating political satire. Anthony McGuigan is graphic designer and marketer and has an unrivalled more »

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Literature at the Festival

There’s lots of literary events at the Darlington Arts Festival Thursday 1st May, 7pm: Café Create, 95 Parkgate, Darlington The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists: 100 Years On The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. An enduring classic of socialist literature, what message does it still hold for us in these times of more »

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Film at the Festival

There’s some terrific film events at the Darlington Arts Festival Tuesday 6th May, 8pm @ The Forum Seven Samurai (PG) Part of Darlington Film Club’s Black & White films season for the Festival Seven Samurai,is a 1954 Japanese period adventure drama film co-written, edited, and directed by Akira Kurosawa. The film takes place in 1587 more »

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Dance at the Festival

There’s some terrific dance at the Darlington Arts Festival Saturday May 17 A Panorama of Movement and Dance, Dolphin Centre, Horsemarket, Darlington DL1 5RP 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, display teams who more »

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Music at the Festival

There’s lots of music at the Darlington Arts Festival. Following on from the success of the past two years, Darlington Jazz Festival 2014 promises to raise the bar yet again to bring you an exciting range of events from the local, national and international jazz scene. The festival this year will be expanding and run more »

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From Jabberwocky and Milk Wood to Stand-up – theatre and comedy at the Festival

There’s some terrific theatre and comedy at the Darlington Arts Festival Saturday 3rd May – Hilarity Bites Comedy Club – Forum Music Centre (www.theforumonline.co.uk) The monthly night of comedy with host and three quality comedy acts. Tickets £10 Doors 7.30pm May 15-18 Jabberwocky Market – World-class small-scale theatre in venues around Darlington.Back in Darlington after more »

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Prestigious arts event to feature in festival

Continuing our build up to the Darlington Arts Festival… Saturday May 3 and throughout May Art Lending Library. A project by Market Gallery and Walker & Bromwich, Crown Street Art Gallery, Crown Street Library, Crown Street, Darlington Art Lending Library invites the people of the Borough of Darlington to borrow works of art and enjoy more »

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Festival Showcase – a date for your diary

Darlington Arts Festival Focus Sunday May 11 Darlington Arts Festival Showcase Day Darlington for Culture will be working in partnership with Darlington Borough Council’s Events team and Markets Department, The Forum Music Centre and ‘Greener Communities’, to run this event on the Market Square and in the Dolphin Centre, between 11am-4pm. It will include an more »

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Folk Club help get Festival under way

One of the events on the opening day of the Arts Festival is… Thursday April 24 A St George’s Day Music Celebration Darlington Folk Club is holding a St George’s Day Celebration Evening where all types of English songs will be sung (particularly folk songs) and the club is planning some Morris Dancing and also more »

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Open mic to be held

The next Open Mic night for authors is on Thursday April 24. 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. Each session starts at 7pm and more »

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Satire at the festival

Thursday May 1st, 6pm: Art Exhibition, Satire is Alive and Well and Living in Darlington. Cafe Create, 95 Parkgate, Darlington The opening of a month-long exhibition of visual art celebrating political satire. Anthony McGuigan is graphic designer and marketer and has an unrivalled talent for innovative creativity with AM Art in Marketing, but there is more »

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New Orleans jazz at the Festival

Saturday May 3 New Orleans Jazz Club marks the return of Jeff Barnhart from the USA [Piano] with John Hallam [Reeds] augmented by Jeff’s wife Ann on flute for some classic New Orleans and Ragtime music. Venue: St. Augustine ’s Parish Centre, Larchfield Street. 12:30 till 3pm and tickets on the door at £10.

Palace of Varieties at the Festival

Saturday May 3 Cafe Hippo: Palace of Varieties Cafe Create, 93-97 Parkgate Chambers, Darlington (next door to the Civic Theatre) – 7pm As in Hippodrome, that is. Join the Arts cafe overlooking the Civic Theatre for an evening of music, poetry and performance presented for your delight and delectation. Open Mic slots are available – more »

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It’s murder at the Festival

Saturday May 3 Crime Writing Masterclass, Crime novelist John Dean presents a day-long workshop at the Friends’ Meeting House, Skinnergate. Time 10am-4pm Want to create the perfect villain? Being driven to murder? Then this masterclass from the creator of the John Blizzard and Jack Harris crime novels is for you. Tickets £25. Places can be more »

The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists at the Festival

Thursday 1st May, 7pm: Café Create, 95 Parkgate, Darlington The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists: 100 Years On The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. An enduring classic of socialist literature, what message does it still hold for us in these times of economic turmoil? Celebrate May Day with this follow up to more »

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Time to Shout about Art

Up and coming artists are being given the chance to shout about their work in an Innovative scheme offering a platform to showcase their creative talent. pop-up exhibition will provide the chance for artists and designer makers to demonstrate their creative skills alongside established artists in an affordable and nurturing setting. Shout About Art is more »