Hamlet again

Darlington Green Theatre is reprising its Shakespeare’s 400th version of Hamlet this week, on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th May at 7:30pm at St Augustine’s Parish Centre. Tickets from starsdarlington.co.uk or at the door.

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Vane Women launch anniversary book at Festival

The Vane Women are launching a new book at Darlington Arts Festival. Northbound, poems and prose with photographs by Pat Maycroft, marks their 25th anniversary and the event on Thursday 26 May – 6.30-8.00 pm – will see Vane Women and guest poets read from this new anthology at Crown Street Gallery, Darlington, DL1 1ND. more »

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Crown Street Library plays its part in Festival

The fourth Darlington Arts Festival runs until May 31 at a wide range of venues across the borough. This includes a number of events at threatened Crown Street Library/Art Gallery, showing what a great venue it is and one worth saving. Still to come are: Saturday 21 May – Thursday 23 June Art at AGE more »

Church hosts Festival art exhibition

Tuesday-Saturday May 24-28 sees another new event for Darlington Arts Festival. Holy Trinity Church, Woodland Road, Darlington, DL3 7BQ – 11am – 2pm International artist Lynne Abley Burton will display recent paintings in oils, acrylics and pastels and you will be able to watch her at work on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday between 12 more »

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Exhibition showcases work

Saturday 21 May – Thursday 23 June sees this exhibition, part of which runs in Darlington Arts Festival. Art at AGE UK Darlington Crown Street Art Gallery, Crown Street Library, Crown Street, Darlington, DL1 1ND An exhibition of work by tutor and students from AGE UK, Bradbury House, Darlington. Landscape artist Neville N. Dawson was more »

Railway heritage at the Festival

May 7 – July 3 sees North East Locomotive Preservation Group – an exhibition showcasing the work of NELPG in preserving, restoring and running heritage steam locomotives. The venue for the event, which runs through part of Darlington Arts Festival, is Head of Steam – Darlington Railway Museum – Time: 10am- 4pm, Tuesday to Sunday. more »

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Exhibition returns for Festival

My Music, My Life, an exhibition of paintings by artist Anthony McGuigan, is returning to the Darlington Arts Festival at Voodoo Café, Skinnergate. Anthony has been asked to exhibit some of the paintings he exhibited at the Forum Music Centre during the festival last year. Some of the paintings are in the style of some 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 »


The Forum at the Festival

The Forum has been supporting Darlington Arts Festival with some brilliant music – still to come is Friday May 27 – Mentallica Forum Music Centre, Borough Road This excellent band not only looks like but sound like U S heavy metal legends Metallica, a not to be missed for metal fans out there. Tickets £7adv/Doors more »

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Making space for art to flourish

The following event has been rescheduled from Monday 23 May to Monday 11 July 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 »


Folk at the Festival

There’s been plenty of great folk music at Darlington Arts Festival – still to come is Thursday May 26 Singers, musicians and poets – collection taken Darlington Folk Club, the Copper Beech, Neasham Road. 8pm

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Writing workshop for young authors

There have been a number of creative writing workshops held during Darlington Arts Festival and the final one is for young writers: Tuesday, May 31 10am-2pm – Young Writers Creative Workshop Mowden Juniors School, Conyers Ave, Darlington Tickets: free but booking essential (limited to 30 places) Young writers (aged 7+) are invited to join author 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.

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Art exhibitions at the Festival

There are some terrific art exhibitions at Darlington Arts Festival Throughout May My Music, My Life returns to the Darlington Arts Festival An exhibition of paintings by artist Anthony McGuigan. Voodoo Café, Skinnergate Anthony has been asked to exhibit some of the paintings he exhibited at the Forum Music Centre during the festival last year. more »

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Next Arts Network meeting

The next First Wednesday Arts Network gathering will be on Wednesday June 1. 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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Historic church stages year of events to celebrate renovation

Historic Holy Trinity Church in Darlington is to stage a year-long programme of exciting events to celebrate renovations designed to grow its congregation and increase its community involvement. The church in Woodlands Road has carried out a £450,000 repair and improvement project to safeguard its future after securing grants and more than £100,000 in legacies. more »


Open mic for writers

The Open Mic nights for authors season continues on Thursday May 26 as part of Darlington Arts Festival. 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. more »

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The town is alive with the sound of music

For details of the many musical events during Darlington Arts Festival (April 21-May 31), you can see the information in the programme accessed along the left hand side of the home page The Hallé makes a splash in Darlington Tickets have now gone on sale for a special performance by one of the UK’s top more »


Festival events for young people

The festival has several events for young people coming up, including a writing workshop and craft sessions Tuesday, May 31 10am-2pm Young Writers Creative Workshop Mowden Juniors School, Conyers Ave, Darlington Tickets: free but booking essential (limited to 30 places) Young writers (aged 7+) are invited to join author and creative writing tutor Tracey Iceton more »


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Darlington for Culture volunteers took part in the cake parade through the town centre on Sunday May 15 as part of the Darlington Food Festival. Our cake, celebrating arts and culture in the borough, was decorated by volunteers Lesley Cardwell and Lesley McGee.


Orchestra to play at summer concert

Darlington Orchestra Summer Concert 2016 takes place on 2 July 7.30pm at The Dolphin Centre DL1 5RP The orchestra doesn’t have a set repertoire so the programme is different for every concert. This summer’s event presents music from various eras, composers and countries including: • ‘Grand March from Aida’ by Verdi • ‘Pomp and Circumstance more »

Top orchestra comes to Darlington

Tickets have now gone on sale for a special performance by one of the UK’s top symphonic ensembles in the town’s Dolphin Centre next month (June). The Hallé Orchestra, now in its 158th season, boasts a distinguished history of acclaimed performances around the world; award-winning recordings, radio broadcasts and educational outreach programmes. The gala evening more »


Libraries Friends group is launched

People power is vital in the fight to save Darlington’s under-threat library services, a meeting of a newly formed Friends group was told on Wednesday (May 18). About 35 people turned up at Crown Street Library in Darlington for the inaugural meeting of the Friends of Darlington Libraries. Chaired by former Liberal Democrat councillor and more »

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Celebrating the Beatles

Review by Marita Phenix Let It Be, the hit West-End show which has been enjoyed by over one million audience members worldwide, reached the Darlington Civic. Fans of The Beatles were in for a treat, with a show packed full of their iconic hits through the years. Starting with their humble beginnings at the Cavern more »