Brilliant musical fun

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Hammer star Valerie heads for the Festival

Monday May 9 sees Valerie Leon bring some big screen glamour to Darlington Arts Festival as part of Darlington Film Club’s Hammer Month. ‘Blood From The Mummy’s Tomb’ 1971 will be screened followed by a Q&A with leading lady Valerie. Forum Music Centre, Borough Road 8pm £8 advance or £10 on the door. In the more »

Rail talk at the Festival

Thursday May 5 sees the Friends of Darlington Railway Museum afternoon lecture, an illustrated talk that is part of Darlington Arts Festival. Head of Steam – Darlington Railway Museum 1.45- 3.30 Tickets and arrangements: Free to members of the Friends, donations from visitors welcome.

blimey! at the Festival

Wednesday May 4 – blimey! Artist Talk – Emily Hesse and James Beighton (New Linthorpe) Upstairs at the Darlington Central Working Mens Club, 7 Beaumont Street, Darlington, DL1 5RN. 7.30pm onwards £2 entry. Everyone is welcome to attend the talks – artists and non-artists alike. Artist Emily Hesse and curator James Beighton will speak about more »

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Adam showcases his work for the Festival

This is something a bit different for Darlington Arts Festival from one of our youngest ever exhibitors. Thursday May 12 Adam Plumb Art Exhibition, Friends’ Meeting House, Skinnergate 10am-4pm. Free Entry. Adam, who will be 15 when the event takes place, making him the Festival’s youngest ever art exhibitor, is a student with an interest more »

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Exhibition under way

Two artists are staging a joint exhibition, part of which runs in Darlington Arts Festival. Saturday April 9 to Thursday May 19 Paul Dillon and Petra Lloyd joint exhibition Crown Street Art Gallery, Crown Street Library, Crown Street, Darlington, DL1 1ND A great exhibition by two established local professional artists. Paul Dillon’s work is focused more »

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Libraries campaign – keeping the pressure up

The community campaign to fight proposed cutbacks to Darlington’s libraries service is a two-fold strategy. One part is to continue protesting at the plans, which can be done in many ways, everything from lobbying your councillors to writing letters to the media and signing the Northern Echo coupon detailed below. Every act of protest has more »


Book fair to be part of the Festival

Saturday May 14 sees Darlington Book Fair grace the Darlington Arts Festival again with an excellent range of books for sale Venue: Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College, Vane Terrace, Darlington Time: 10am-4pm Tickets £1 on the door.

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Opera at the Festival

Saturday May 21 sees opera making an appearance at Darlington Arts Festival Opera Nova 2016 Season ‘Angels and Demons’ St Cuthbert’s Church Darlington 7.30pm Tickets: Adults £12; over 60s £10, u16s and students £1 Telephone: 01642 807033 or 07872 339167 Opera Nova presents a new and exciting semi-staged programme of music. ‘Angels and Demons’ brings more »


The Forum at the Festival

The Forum will be supporting Darlington Arts Festival with some brilliant music Wednesday May 4 – Open Mic Night Forum Music Centre, Borough Road Monthly Open Mic Night where the stage is set for you! Free Entrance – 7-30pm The number for the Forum is 01325 363135 Friday May 6 – The Jam Movement Forum more »

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Inkerman Writers and Vane Women launch books at the Festival

Darlington Arts Festival will this year continue its tradition of staging book launches. Thursday May 12 Voodoo Café, Skinnergate 7pm Darlington-based Inkerman Writers launch their new book Picture This with an evening of prose and poetry. £2 on the door. Illustration Jen Batchelor Thursday, 26 May Vane Women 25th Anniversary Book Launch Crown Street Gallery, more »

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Making space for art to flourish

A thought-provoking event will take place at Darlington Arts Festival on Monday May 23. Making space for art and creative enterprise in Darlington – Arts Forum The Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington, DL1 1SG 1.00pm buffet, starts 1.30pm ends 4.00pm At the One Darlington’s Assembly event in October 2015 Wayne Hemingway MBE identified the more »


Dance at the Festival!

Saturday May 14 sees A Panorama of Movement and Dance, Dolphin Centre, in Horsemarket, Darlington DL1 5RP as part of Darlington Arts Festival 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 will more »

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Horror at the Festival!

Darlington Film Club is going all Hammer Horror at Darlington Arts Festival! Tuesday May 3 Darlington Film Club Hammer Month ‘Fear In The Night’ 1972 Forum Music Centre, Borough Road 8pm £3 A young woman recovering from a nervous breakdown moves with her husband to a boys’ school, and finds herself being terrorized by a more »

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Authors in conversation at the Festival

Darlington Arts Festival will see a new series of events this year in the form of three In Conversation With… events featuring published authors, at Crown Street Library Monday May 9 In Conversation with… Poets Crown Street Library, Darlington 7pm Tickets: £5 per person (tickets can be purchased on the door or booked in advance more »

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You’ve got to laugh at the Festival

There’s plenty of great comedy coming up during Darlington Arts Festival Saturday May 7 – Hilarity Bites Comedy Club Forum Music Centre, Borough Road Monthly comedy club with three live stand-up comedians Tickets £10 /Doors 7-30 The number for the Forum is 01325 363135 Wednesday May 18 Hilarity Bites at Seen in Darlington – Craig more »


Folk at the Festival

There’s plenty of great folk music coming up during Darlington Arts Festival Thursday May 5 Open Mic collection taken Darlington Folk Club, Copper Beech, Neasham Road. 8pm Thursday May 12 Singers, musicians and poets – collection taken Darlington Folk Club, Copper Beech, Neasham Road. 8pm Thursday May 19 Bram Taylor – £7 Darlington Folk Club, more »

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Writing workshops at the Festival

There are a number of creative writing workshops being held during Darlington Arts Festival Thursday, May 5 6.30-8pm Paper People: Creating Compelling Characters Health Warehouse Café, 15 Post House Wynd, Darlington Tickets: £6 per person Narrative […] thrives on the affective appeal of characters. Whether we like them or not, we are compelled to read more »

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US pianist returns for Festival

American musician Jeff Barnhart will make a welcome return to Darlington Arts Festival on Saturday May 7 to entertain Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club – 12:30 till 3:00 pm Jeff and John Hallam with their Mr Men Quartet will be at the club at St Augustines Parish Centre, Larchfield Street, Darlington, DL3 7TG. Free car more »

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Summer courses at The Bridge

The Summer courses programme for The Bridge Centre for Visual Arts has been announced. The centre is on Yarm Road in Darlington, on the corner of Hundens Lane, and the entrance is on Hundens Lane.


Reading at the festival

Throughout April, including the first ten days of the Arts Festival, DEAR – Drop Everything And Read Month will happen at Crown Street Library. This will be a display featuring a variety of different reads eg quick reads short stories, graphic novels, audio etc.

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Art exhibitions at the Festival

There are some terrific art exhibitions at Darlington Arts Festival Artists Paul Dillon and Petra Lloyd are staging a joint exhibition, which will run between Saturday April 9 and Thursday May 19, a period which includes the opening weeks of Darlington Arts Festival (Venue: Crown Street Art Gallery, Crown Street Library, Crown Street, Darlington, DL1 more »

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Next Arts Network meeting

The next First Wednesday Arts Network gathering will be on Wednesday May 4, as part of Darlington Arts Festival. 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, more »


Membership scheme runs into second year

Local traders and cultural organisations have renewed their support for the arts in Darlington by backing a membership scheme. Supporters as varied as Head of Steam and Green Theatre are offering the members of Darlington for Culture (DfC) special benefits as part of a membership scheme which rewards people who support the work of the more »

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Vane Women at the Festival

The Vane Women are running two events at Darlington Arts Festival Vane Women Present a Poetry Masterclass with Gillian Allnutt, pictured herr Saturday, 14 May 2016 – 10.00 am to 1.00 pm Dolphin Centre, Darlington, DL1 5RP Tickets: £16 available from Telephone: 01388 517959 Book early as spaces are limited NORTHbound Vane Women 25th more »

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Children’s books are published

The sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth children’s books have been published by North East author Carol Dean, who lives in Darlington. Charlie Dryden and the Charnwood Abbey Ghost, Granny Ridley and the Alien and Charlie Dryden and the Guardian have all come out. Carol, who is married with two adult children, and three grandchildren, can trace more »


A truly sad sight

All those people who fought so hard to save Darlington Arts Centre will, we are sure, be viewing the demolition work to turn it into flats with great sadness. Each brick represents a golden memory. And yet with a little council imagination it could have been so different…