Dance classes move offstage to online

Darlington Hippodrome is offering online dance and drama classes for young people and adults, starting April 2020 (photo of Darlington Hippodrome Youth Dance: credit Scott Akoz). The theatre’s regular online dance and drama classes for young people and adults aim to help them keep active in body, mind and spirit during this period of social more »

WEA courses for spring/summer 2020

In addition to courses, The Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) provides a range of free activities. In May and June 2020, there are 280 new free online courses including English history, philosophy, Spanish and painting. Visit the website. And there are over 120 free activities taking place online over the next few weeks. From yoga to more »

Hippodrome: planning for 2021

Following the festive pantomime, Cinderella, which runs until Sunday 3 January, 2021 will kick off with Steve Steinman’s fuel-injected stage show Anything For Love celebrating the music of Meatloaf (Monday 18 January). The show will feature Lorraine Crosby, original vocalist on the hit duet ‘I’d do anything for love (but I won’t do that)’. The more »

Stay at home stories: film competition

Creative Darlington and Undivided Pictures are looking for short films featuring ‘Lockdown’ as the theme for competition entries. This call-out is open to those who live or work in Darlington, all films must be under four minutes and should include no more than four characters. The winner will be selected in June and the prize more »

Persimmon: funding options

Persimmon is funding good causes across the UK. Each of its 31 businesses and our PLC head office are giving away up to £2,000 every month – that means £64,000 a month is available to fund local community initiatives. The company supported thousands of community groups and charities over the years, but from 1st April more »

Open call for artists in DL postcode

The Auxiliary have teamed up with Creative Darlington and for their next round of ABODE, an artist-in-own-residence programme. The aim is to encourage artists to develop new skills and to consider new approaches to their creative practices. This project is offering five mini-grants of £200, for applications from artists with a DL postcode. Apply by more »

DHS meetings 2019-2020

Talks and meetings for 2019-2020 are held at the Friends Meeting House, Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7NG (accessed via the archway on Skinnergate) starting at 7.30pm. Annual membership £10 covering all talks. Visitors £3 per meeting. For more information, visit the Darlington Historical Society website. Membership Fees Individual Membership £10 Junior & Student Membership £3 Visitors more »

Opus 4 Jazz Club presents Andrea Vicari

On Friday 20th March 2020, Opus 4 Jazz Club presents directly from the London jazz scene and for a second year Andrea Vicari. The club takes place at the Travellers Rest, Cockerton, Darlington DL3 9ER. Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Andrea is an outstanding award-winning jazz pianist with local sidesmen Andy Champion more »

Love Tango Darlington

This group dances both traditional Argentine and modern Nuevo Tango. Class every Thursday 8pm followed by dancing until late with John Paul Tango at Haughton Le Skerne Working Men’s Club, 25 Haughton Green, Darlington DL1 2DD. More details: call 01325 468738 or visit group’s Facebook page.

SIRF theatre workshops for young people

Stockton International Riverside Festival (SIRF) and ARC are looking for young people (aged 18-24 years) to take part in workshops and performance summer 2020. The organisers aim to create and support a home-grown street-theatre company from the Tees Valley. The young people don’t need previous experience, just an interest in SIRF, theatre, dance, movement, music, more »