Arts Festival programme is launched

Details of the 2015 Darlington Arts Festival have been announced and it promises to offer an exciting celebration of the borough’s cultural life. The festival, the third to be held, will be staged at a wide range of venues across the borough and is being co-ordinated by Darlington for Culture (DfC), the voluntary group which more »


Man in the Moon to be performed

After a four week off-Broadway run in New York, where the play was nominated for Best Play, Best Actor and Best Director at the Irish theatre festival, Brassneck Theatre Company are delighted to be heading to Rockliffe Hall at Hurworth on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st March for a special, intimate performance of Man In more »

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Spring beer festival

Darlington Camra is staging a Spring beer festival, with more than thirty beers on sale with half of them from local breweries and many from new breweries, not forgetting three ciders and one Perry. There will be some great music on the Friday and Saturday nights and Camra are looking for local companies to sponsor more »


Making the case for culture

Darlington for Culture is among organisations helping to develop an accurate picture of the region’s cultural sector in order to attract investment – and we need your input. The North East Cultural Partnership (NECP) has launched the Case for Culture project, which will set out an ambitious vision for cultural development in the North East more »


Jabberwocky Market is back

March 26- 29 Jabberwocky Market is back! 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 up. more »

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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 »


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 »

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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 »


Joseph concludes piano society season

Darlington Piano Society’s 19th season of recitals, staged over the winter months, concludes on Sunday March 22 with a performance by Joseph Houston. A young artist supported by Making Music’s Philip & Dorothy Green Award for Young Concert Artists scheme, his programme will offer works by Scarlatti, Chopin, Schubert, Brahms and Beethoven. Joseph has performed 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 »

Madama Butterfly

A timeless classic

Puccini’s Madama Butterfly takes to the Darlington Civic Theatre stage on 25 March After her recent critically acclaimed British and Irish national tours of Nabucco, Aida and La Bohѐme, the award winning producer Ellen Kent presents a stunning traditional production of Puccini’s masterpiece, Madama Butterfly,(Opera of the Year Award – Liverpool Daily Post). The production more »

The Elvis years


Darlington Civic Theatre will rock to the sounds of The King in a spectacular concert version of Jailhouse Rock on Thursday 26 March. The Civic will host an outstanding concert production of the West End musical Jailhouse Rock featuring the original star Mario Kombou and his incredible band led by legendary producer, musical director and 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 »

Lindisfarne Legacy art day

Church to host workshop

Free tour and artist-led workshop 10.00 am until 4.00 pm Thursday 26th March St. Cuthbert’s Church, Market Place, Darlington You are warmly invited to St. Cuthbert’s Church, Darlington for a tour, artist-led workshop and buffet lunch. The day will begin with a tour of the church by our church guides. You will then have the more »


Getting ready for World Book Day

Crown Street Library is getting ready to celebrate World Book Day on Thursday 5 March with a selection of exciting events for children and adults. Young artists can win books and arts vouchers for drawing their favourite book character, in a competition that is open until Saturday 7 March. Visit Crown Street Library for an more »

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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 »

Putting arts and culture centre stage

Darlington for Culture is a non-political organisation but we do hope that Labour leader Ed Miliband has sparked a debate that will feature in the forthcoming Election campaign by saying in a speech that arts and culture is an important part of life and that politicians should recognise that. Indeed, our members’ meeting at Voodoo more »