Choral spectacular

This is a unique opportunity to hear this magnificent Verdi work performed live in Darlington. With combined choirs of 150 singers and a 50 strong orchestra, it is an unforgettable musical experience, whatever your musical tastes. Darlington Choral Society has brought together three choirs, two regional orchestras and four top class soloists under the baton more »

Author to give talk

Best-selling historical fiction author Simon Scarrow is set to bring the latest tales from his Roman soldier heroes Cato and Macro to Darlington Library in November. Born in Nigeria, Simon spent his childhood travelling the world and pursued his love of history as a teacher before becoming a full-time writer. Simon will be visiting Darlington more »

Calling all writers

Next year, Darlington for Culture is planning a full day to celebrate the achievement of local writers and offer new poets, playwrights, novelists etc the chance to develop their craft as part of Darlington Arts Festival 2018. To this end we have hired the Friends Meeting House on Skinnergate from 10am-10pm on Saturday, 26th May. more »

2018 Darlington Arts Festival is announced

Darlington for Culture (DfC) is seeking to hear from arts groups, venues, performers and businesses who would like to showcase themselves in the sixth Darlington Arts Festival The festival, again to be staged at a wide range of venues across the borough, is being co-ordinated by DfC, the group which speaks for arts and culture more »

Darlington Music Society concerts

Darlington Music Society will stage six concerts of classical music during the 2017 / 2018 season as they have in previous years. Tickets are £14.00 per concert or £52.50 for a season ticket. Tickets can be obtained from the Dolphin Centre or season tickets from Mr. R. Tooze, 66 Headlands, Darlington. DL3 8RZ. Tel: 01325 more »

Autumn courses at The Bridge

Courses at The Bridge Centre for Visual Arts. The centre is on Yarm Road in Darlington, on the corner of Hundens Lane, and the entrance is on Hundens Lane. Phone 01325 244174 The details of Autumn courses at The Bridge can be found on this pdf autumn courses 17

Piano Society continues its international programme

Full details of the Darlington Piano Society season are available at www.dpiano.co.uk and in the Society’s brochure readily available throughout the area. Tickets can be bought in advance online at the society’s website or at the Dolphin Centre reception and are always available at the door on the day. Prices are £12 (£6 for U21) more »

New Orleans jazz

Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club’s upcoming Saturday lunchtime gigs at St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Larchfield Street, Darlington, include: Saturday 2 December sees the Club hosting the Maine Street Jazzmen. They’ll be playing entertaining Dixieland jazz, drawing their influences not only from the classic American jazz groups of the 1920’s, 30’s, and 40’s, but also the more »

Darlington for Culture launches small grants scheme

Darlington for Culture has announced the launch of a small grants scheme. The voluntary organisation has launched the scheme after receiving a donation from a company with Darlington connections, and is working in conjunction with Creative Darlington to administer the scheme. DfC has long believed that small grants can allow everyone from music groups to more »

Shopping scheme helps to raise funds for DfC

Do you ever shop online? If you buy clothes, stationery, holidays, home appliances, IT gadgets, train travel or just about anything via www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/darlingtonforculture you can raise free cash for Darlington for Culture every time you shop – at no additional cost. Many popular retailers are involved (including Amazon, Argos, eBay, Boots, Tesco, House of Fraser, more »

Disco at Voodoo

There is a chance to enjoy some terrific disco-based music in Darlington. Double Entendre features DJ Soul, Funk, Acid Jazz, held on the 4th Friday of the month at Voodoo Café, Skinnergate 8.30pm until late.

Open mic for authors

The season of Open Mic nights for authors will continue on Thursday November 30. 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. Now in their seventh more »

The town is alive with the sound of music

Darlington Choral Society is staging the Verdi Requiem on November 25. If this does not open, click on http://www.darlingtonforculture.org/choral-spectacular/ This is a unique opportunity to hear this magnificent Verdi work performed live in Darlington. With combined choirs of 150 singers and a 50 strong orchestra, it is an unforgettable musical experience, whatever your musical tastes. more »

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, 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 regular more »

New Rejig sewing sessions

New Rejig Sewing Sessions for 2017 Rejig are offering a bigger range of friendly, drop-in sewing sessions in community venues each week, along with short monthly textile skill courses and our popular, free ‘Sew Saturday’ sessions in the South Park on the last Saturday of each month. http://www.luckyfisharts.co. uk/sessions/sew-saturdays/ For further details about these sessions, more »

Arts project launches

An exciting new arts project is beginning in Darlington for children and young people with physical and learning disabilities. Harewood Hill Lodge will become a Creative Care Home thanks to funding through the County Durham and Darlington NHS Health Improvement Fund, managed by the County Durham Community Foundation. Blue Cabin Community Interest Company developed the more »

Darlington Orchestra Winter Concert 2018

The Darlington Orchestra Winter Concert 2018 is on 27th January 7.30pm at the Dolphin Centre. The orchestra will present a variety of classical music – old and new. The programme will include a wide range of pieces from Corelli and Dvořák, Richard Rodgers and 20th-century music medleys through to some John Williams magic. The family-friendly more »

Library court date set

A date in late November has been set for the court case into attempts by campaigners to prevent Darlington Borough Council moving the Crown Street Library into the Dolphin Centre. You can read the full story in The Northern Echo at http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/15622019.Court_date_set_in_battle_to_save_historic_library/?ref=mrb&lp=7.

Intrigue in the art world

Check out Mike Jarvie’s novel of intrigue in the art world. Black Art can be purchased at https://www.amazon.co.uk/BLACK-ART-Michael-Jarvie-ebook/dp/B076KK1SJS/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1508483388&sr=1-2&keywords=black+art Amazon link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/BLACK-ART-Michael-Jarvie-ebook/dp/B076KK1SJS/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1508607560&sr=1-2&keywords=black+art

Second book in trilogy is published

The second novel by Tracey Iceton has been published. Herself Alone in Orange Rain is part two in the Celtic Colours trilogy by the author, who is one of the organisers of Darlington Arts Festival. Kaylynne Ryan is a promising art student, used to fighting for her place in a world of men, but when more »