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DfC issues strongly worded statement on cuts

The committee of Darlington for Culture met tonight (Friday Feb 5) to discuss Darlington Borough Council’s budget proposals and the damage they will do to the social cohesion of the town. We are outraged by the Government’s swingeing spending settlement and are throwing our full support behind The Northern Echo’s online petition to call for more »

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Cuts campaign gathers pace

Darlington for Culture has reacted with dismay to the proposed cuts announced today by Darlington Borough Council (key points have this morning been reported by The Northern Echo), including the proposal to close both Crown Street and Cockerton Libraries with a new ‘library’ being created in the Dolphin Centre, and to withdraw the mobile library more »

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Folk Club programme

Darlington Folk Club meets every Thursday evening at the Copper Beech in Neasham Rd at 8pm and has some great gigs and concerts. See Festival section for other folk-based events in May Thursday January 7th Bobb Wootten’s annual 60s’ Open Mic Night Come along and play those old 60s’ songs or come and listen to more »

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Festival line up takes shape

There are now almost 70 confirmed events for the fourth Darlington Arts Festival due to run April 21-May 31 at a wide range of venues across the borough. Co-ordinated by Darlington for Culture (DfC), the group which speaks for arts and culture in the area, the festival is supported by many organisations and individuals, much more »

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Viv heads for Darlington

The 20th season of the Darlington Piano Society’s Sunday afternoon recitals is under way.Recitals take place in Central Hall at the Dolphin Centre, Darlington, at 3pm on Sunday afternoons. Next concert: Feb 21 Viv McLean makes a return to the Society after a gap of exactly fifteen years, having first appeared for them in February more »

Music society launches programme

Darlington Music Society – website http://dms.btck.co.uk -/ has launched its new season. All concerts at 7.30pm, Central Hall, Dolphin Centre Next concerts: Sat 13th February 2016 Jean-Sélim Abdelmoula (piano) Schumann, Bunteblaetter, Schubert, Janacek, Chopin Sat 12th March 2016 Jessie Ann Richardson (cello) + Simon Callaghan (piano) Beethoven, Phibbs, Rachmaninov Sunday 17th April 2016 Jubilee String more »


Arts group launches exciting new membership scheme

Campaigning arts organisation Darlington for Culture has launched an innovative new membership scheme to encourage people in the town and surrounding area to try out new arts and cultural activities. The new scheme offers money off tickets, free taster sessions, reductions at local cafes and exclusive behind-the-scenes tours of venues to members of DfC. Vice-chair more »

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The town is alive with the sound of music

Savanna Jazz Band opens the new Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club lunchtime season at St Augustine’s Parish Centre on Saturday Feb 6 – find out more at http://www.darlingtonjazz.co.uk/ Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club Darlington Clarinet Ensemble has announced its next concert Darlington Jazz Club 2nd and 4th Sundays Combo nights at The Quaker House, Mechanic’s more »

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Be part of the network

The next First Wednesday Arts Network gathering will be on Wednesday February 3. An initiative 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 which allow people more »

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Fun with art

Scrapstudio arts – Arts & Recycling – workshops, projects, events, parties and scrap store here in Darlington, for all ages. The studio base of visual artist Yvonne Preston (pictured), tutor and facilitator, who works with local businesses that have clean waste materials which can be reused in creative projects and art activities. Always looking for more »


Rejig sewing sessions

Rejig Sewing Sessions run weekly groups in different venues around Darlington for people of all ages and abilities to learn creative recycling skills and enjoy sewing together. Come and have fun making quilts, clothes, embroidery, cushions,curtains, blinds and all kinds of crafts in our friendly sessions. Rejig Sessions for 2016: Thursdays 10am – 12 noon more »

New Jabberwocky Market season is announced

Jabberwocky Market, Darlington’s award-winning theatre events, are back for a sixth season of world-class theatre. This year they are mixing it up a bit. Instead of a concentrated festival, Jabberwocky Market theatre events will take place at various times throughout the spring, at some surprising places across Darlington. Theatre events are themed around the headline more »


There’s no mystery about this event – it is well worth attending Sunday 21st February at 1pm– The Singular Exploits of Sherlock Holmes, Head of Steam in Darlington Tickets £8.50 including light refreshments The Singular Exploits of Sherlock Holmes features the great detective recounting highlights of his crime-busting career. It also includes autobiographical snippets concerning more »

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Chance to get involved in writing project

As part of Touring Consortium Theatre Company and Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s production of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men (touring Feb – May, including a visit to the Civic Theatre), the organisers are asking people to write poetry or a duologue about loneliness. Steinbeck took the title of his novel from a Robert Burns poem more »


Open mic for writers

The Open Mic night for authors season continues on Thursday February 25. 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 »


Seeking railway works memories

Head of Steam – Darlington Railway Museum has issued an appeal to local people for their help to commemorate the closure of the North Road Works. The ‘North Road Works Memories’ project has been launched to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the locomotive works’ closure in 1966. The project hopes to collect memories from the more »