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Actors needed for summer production

Darlington Green Theatre are hoping to perform A Comedy of Errors and still need male actors between 18-45ish. There are still some parts for both males and females. Rehearsals will start in February and there is another meeting on Monday January 30 at Voodoo Cafe ( or Cantina) in Skinnergate Darlington. Contact them through Darlington more »

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Spirits of the Sea comes to Darlington

Theatre Hullabaloo presents a maritime adventure for everyone aged 6 years and above. Step inside a mystical mariner’s hut to hear a magical tale of an ancient fishing village far from here. It is said that, in ancient times, people bundled their worries and nightmares into sacks and cast them into the sea. The sea more »

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Storytelling event

The 2017 season for Darlington Civic Theatre kicks off with Starlight, from storyteller Chris Bostock, with two performances on Saturday 28 January in the Crown Street Art Gallery at Darlington’s Crown Street Library. Chris Bostock is a professional storyteller and theatre worker with a background in teaching, theatre and theatre in education. He tells traditional more »

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Photography exhibition

An exhibition called Sea, Sand and Steel by photographer Chris Walker will run at Darlington Town Hall between 16th January-10th March. It features a selection of images from an on-going project highlighting the close relationship between the natural landscape and industry, so characteristic of the North East of England.

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Darlington Orchestra Winter concert

Darlington Orchestra Winter Concert 2017 will be staged on 28th January 7.30pm in Central Hall at The Dolphin Centre, Darlington DL1 5RP This informal and accessible concert will be packed with a variety of classical music including Beethoven, barricades and a barber! The orchestra will play extracts from Beethoven’s First Symphony, a medley from ‘Les more »

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Darlington for Culture launches new volunteer recruitment drive

Darlington for Culture (DfC), which support arts in the town, has launched a new recruitment drive for volunteers to support its activities. The organisation, which is a Community Benefit Society, a type of co-operative, supports a variety of groups, businesses and venues in activities ranging from stewarding art exhibitions to helping to run events. Now, more »

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Events at the Head of Steam

A special exhibition exploring the history of greetings cards is runing at the Head of Steam – Darlington Railway Museum. ‘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 and birthday more »

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Piano recital season continues

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. Next concert: Jinah Shim Central Hall, The Dolphin Centre, more »

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Time running out to be included in Festival brochure

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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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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Open mic showcases exciting writing

The new season of Open Mic nights for authors will continue on Thursday January 26. 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 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

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The town is alive with the sound of music

Great year in prospect for Darlington’s New Orleans Jazz Club Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club is set to start its 2017 year- long programme of live jazz with resounding performances by three popular and hugely talented live bands. Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club are proud of the fact that they have been playing their part 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 »

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Rejig sewing sessions

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 »

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Welcome for council Cockerton Library report

Darlington council has announced that councillors will be asked to agree a plan to save Cockerton Library, based on a proposal submitted by the community, including Darlington for Culture. John Whitehouse, chair of the community group seeking to save Cockerton library, said: “We are encouraged at the council response to our proposal to save Cockerton more »

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DfC reacts to council libraries and Bridge proposal

Darlington for Culture has reacted to Darlington council’s latest announcement on the future of the library service and the Bridge Centre for Visual Arts. Councillors will be asked to agree the move of Crown Street Library to the Dolphin Centre and also asked to agree a plan to save Cockerton Library, based on a proposal more »

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Anthology published

The Prison, a new anthology of short stories by Darlington author and Inkerman Writers member Michael Jarvie, is on sale for reading on Kindle. Taking its inspiration from James Joyce’s notion of the “epiphany,” as exemplified by his pioneering work “Dubliners,” this collection of short stories – or composite novel – focuses on the theme more »