Celebrating Dickens in Darlington

Darlington Civic Theatre has launched Dickens in Darlington, a series of events telling the story of the strong connections Charles Dickens had to Darlington and to the world of theatre, music hall and the railways. Dickens in Darlington will include performances, workshops, talks, a book club, storytelling and an exhibition in Crown Street Art Gallery more »


Set is revealed for A Tale of Two Cities

The extravagant set and costume designs for a community cast production of the Charles Dickens classic A Tale of Two Cities were revealed at a recent meeting held at Hummersknott Academy in Darlington. Twenty local volunteers who answered the call to become involved in the production of costumes were presented with detailed sketches and ideas more »

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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 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 »

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Ashley to launch piano season

Darlington Piano Society celebrates its 21st season with six recitals that bring artists of the highest quality to the Dolphin Centre. Amongst them is the considerable coup of securing a recital by Vaydm Kholodenko, the 2013 winner of America’s most prestigious competition, the Van Cliburn competition. The season begins on 23rd October with the acclaimed more »


Call out for Festival events

Darlington for Culture (DfC) is seeking to hear from arts groups, venues, performers and businesses who would like to showcase themselves in the fifth Darlington Arts Festival, themed A Celebration of Talent and due to run in 2017. The festival, again to be staged at a wide range of venues across the borough from late more »

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BIG Little Gigs celebrates first birthday

Darlington-based BIG Little Gigs will celebrate a full year of introducing children to a wide variety of live music this October. That year has seen founder Sarah Wilson bring New Orleans Jazz, original folk, blues, flamenco, gypsy jazz, string quartets, ska and a Ceilidh to sell out audiences of hundreds of children and their grown more »

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Orchestra begins new rehearsal season

Darlington Orchestra’s new rehearsal season started on Tuesday 6th September. Even if you haven’t played for years, it’s never too late to take up orchestral playing. Age range of players in Darlington Orchestra currently stretches from 14 to 80-plus. The orchestra performs two concerts a year and always includes an eclectic range of music from more »


Aladdin – the most mystical pantomime of them all!

The Majestic Theatre proudly presents the cast of Aladdin. Starring XFactors sensational Bre Music.. Meet the beautiful Princess, the hilarious Widow Twankey, Wishy Washy and the dastardly Abanazer. ‘An unmissable pantomime’ “Funniest show I’ve seen, lots of fun, lots of laughs, great audience participation”. “Fantastic show from beginning to end”. “The comedy and acting skills more »

Cockerton Library rescue plan under way

The borough council has agreed a stay of execution for Cockerton Library until March 2017 to allow the community to continue the efforts of recent months to pull together a rescue plan. A wide range of community organisations including Darlington for Culture have been holding meetings to plan a way forward because community involvement will more »

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Disco nights at Voodoo

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

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Be part of the network

The next First Wednesday Arts Network is on Wednesday November 2. 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 to share more »

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The Hot House – making things happen

Arts organisation Darlington for Culture has launched an initiative which it hopes will spark new creative partnerships in the town. The Hot House, which offers to bring creatives together to work on new projects, has its roots in a chance encounter five years ago when Darlington Arts Centre was still open and which led to more »

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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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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 to get spooky!

The new season of Open Mic nights for authors will continue on Thursday October 27 and, given that it will be held in the run up to Halloween, ghost stories are welcome! The nights, supported by Darlington for Culture and which offer a forum for writers to read their material and audiences to enjoy it, more »

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Time to get knitting!

A reminder that the Knitting Cafe holds Monday night sessions. The sessions introduce people to knitting, and are also for experienced exponents. For more information, contact Becky on 07550002773


The town is alive with the sound of music

Darlington Piano Society – 2016-17 season Darlington Piano Society celebrates its 21st season with six recitals that bring artists of the highest quality to the Dolphin Centre. Amongst these is the considerable coup of securing a recital by Vaydm Kholodenko, the 2013 winner of America’s most prestigious competition, the Van Cliburn competition. Following his success more »

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Beading group set up

A new beading group has been created in Darlington. Janet Lambert is a bead artist with 15 years’ experience of beadworking, making jewellery by weaving and stitching beads together by hand. She says: “Beading helped me cope with health problems and I am starting this community based beading group so like minded folk can work 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 and Market project

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: NEW Rejig Sewing Sessions for more »


Calling all wildlife photographers

The three north east Wildlife Trusts (Northumberland, Durham and Tees Valley), the Natural History Society of Northumbria, Great North Museum: Hancock and Alan Hewitt Photography have joined forces for the fifth year running to launch the 2017 North East Wildlife Photography Competition. Nestlé Fawdon, which has supported the competition since its launch in 2012, is more »


Events at the Head of Steam

A special exhibition exploring the history of greetings cards will open at the Head of Steam – Darlington Railway Museum in November. ‘Little Works of Art’ is the latest display to go on show in the museum’s temporary exhibition gallery and will feature around 280 greeting cards and postcards including Christmas, New Year, Easter, Valentine more »

Fundraising event to be staged

An event will be held at St Augustine’s Parish Centre on Saturday November 12 featuring great music, great food and great company all in aid of First Stop. Music from the 60s right through to now, brought to you by Playback. Tickets £10 to include buffet supper. Doors open 7:45pm. Tickets available from First more »


Have your say on library move

As Darlington Borough Council are continuing with their plans to relocate Crown Street Library to the Dolphin Centre and have issued a new Consultation / Survey document, the Friends of Darlington Libraries’ are launching their own new survey to discover the views of people. The Friends hope to gain a cross-section of opinion from those more »


Bud’s trilogy is published

The first three crime novels by writer Bud Craig, from the Darlington area, have been brought together and published as an e-trilogy. Salford Murders features three gripping private eye detective stories set in the industrial North. With the atmosphere of urban decline and inner-city violence, these three murder mysteries are set in the metropolitan area more »