International jazz treat for Darlington fans

There’s a real international treat in store for Darlington New Orleans jazz fans when Sammy Rimington comes to town in early June. On Saturday 3 June , Sammy Rimington, the highly creative master of New Orleans Jazz clarinet will entertain at St Augustine’s parish centre, Darlington. Sammy is famous in both America and Europe and more »

Darlington for Culture launches small grants scheme

To celebrate the beginning of Darlington Arts Festival, which it co-ordinates, arts organisation 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 more »

Playwrights prepare for debut at Arts Festival

By Suzie Russell, Darlington College Festival Reporting Team Authors and playwrights Angela Pickering, Lesley Blundell and Sandra Spears, who together make up the newly-formed ‘No Name Theatre Company,’ will make their debut at Darlington Arts Festival on May 31. They spoke to NCTJ Journalism student Suzie Russell about their maiden collaborative work, called Communication Breakdown. more »

Kolbe and Pam Bassington at the Festival

An Exhibition of Work by Kolbe and Pam Bassington will take place during Darlington Arts Festival. Details: The Library in the Friends’ Meeting House, Skinnergate, Saturday 27th May, 10.00am-4.30pm. Kolbe has been making ceramics for 15 years; he enjoys creating small, curious objects. Pam Bassington gained a First Class Honours degree in Contemporary Fine Art more »

Head of Steam events at the Festival

HEad of Steam has been taking part in Darlington Arts Festival. Still to come: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 30th May – 2nd June 1.00pm – 3.00pm Northern Rail Activity Room, Head of Steam May half term for fun arts and crafts for all the family. Included in admission and yearly passes. Until Sunday July more »

Music at the Forum during the Festival

The Forum is hosting some terrific music during Darlington Arts Festival. Still to come: Friday May 26 – The Forum Soul Club Northern Soul Oldies Night Forum Music Centre, Borough Road Four top DJs spinning quality Northern Soul Oldies, 60s & Motown. Tickets / Entrance £3.50 – Doors 7pm to Midnight. Saturday May 27 – more »

Film at the Festival

Film has always been an important part of Darlington Arts Festival and this year’s film festival, staged by Darlington Film Club has aa theme around a sense of place. Still to come: Tuesday May 30 7.30pm Dallas Buyers Club (15) 2013 Part of Darlington Film Club’s ‘Places’ Film Festival taking place at The Forum Music more »

Artists grace festival

Artists are showing their skills at Darlingtob Arts Festival, until Thursday June 1 Community Arts Project spring summer exhibition Crown Street Art Gallery – Exhibition open standard Crown Street Library hours The Community Art Project provides an opportunity for people with learning disabilities to practice various visual arts activities with guidance and encouragement from a more »

History walks

Darlington Historical Society has announced its summer walks programme: 14 May 2017 Eastbourne: Railways, Freeholders and Garden Suburb with David Howlett Meet outside St John’s Church (junction of Yarm Rd / Neasham Rd) at 1.45 pm 18 June 2017 Hurworth Wander withJean Kirkland Meet in Blind Lane, Hurworth, opposite the Spar shop, at 1.00 pm more »

Disco at the Festival

There is a chance to enjoy some terrific disco-based music in Darlington as part of Darlington Arts Festival. 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 showcases new writing at the Festival

The season of Open Mic nights for authors will continue on Thursday June 29, bringing to an end its sixth season. 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 more »

The town is alive with the sound of music

For the many musical attractions taking part in the Darlington Arts Festival between April 27-May 31, please go to There’s an international treat in store for New Orleans jazz fans There’s a real international treat in store for Darlington New Orleans jazz fans when Sammy Rimington comes to town in early June. On Saturday more »

Irish music at its best

Share the Darkness, Irish music playing at The Old English Gentleman, Bondgate, Darlington DL3 7JG on Friday 16th June starting at 9 pm. Share The Darkness is very popular and plays full-on, rollockin’ Irish music with some modern folk and easy rock thrown in for good measure. The band members are all professional musicians with more »

Orchestra to stage summer concert

Darlington Orchestra Summer Concert 2017 takes place on 15th July 7.30pm at the Dolphin Centre In this informal and accessible event, the orchestra presents a wide variety of classical music. The programme will include lots of great pieces by the likes of Beethoven, Mozart and Tchaikovsky, Copland, Holst and James Horner. The music ranges from more »

Anthology of award-winning stories is published

The Book Folks have just published a collection of award-winning short stories by Bud Craig, who lives in the Darlington area and is a member of the Inkerman Writers. High Profile is available to download onto your kindle. The title story brings you the latest adventure of Salford private eye, Gus Keane. Others feature a more »

Crown Street latest

Following news that The Forum music centre is exploring a possible move into Crown Street Library, Darlington for Culture chair John Dean said: “We continue to keep abreast of developments in what is an uncertain situation surrounding the future of both the library service and the Crown Street library building. We will continue to consult more »

Fifth Festival ale is launched

The fifth Darlington Arts Festival is taking place between April 27-May 31 and to add to the enjoyment of the occasion local Mithril Ales brewer Pete Fenwick is again producing and supplying a special festival ale. Performing Arts is a Pale Ale at 3.9%, a fruity, citrusy hoppy beer. The festival is being co-ordinated by more »