Festival: Open mic for writers

Got a story you want to read? Trying something out with a novel and not sure if it works? Or simply like listening to original writing, some of it never heard before? Each reader has up to eight minutes in which to read their work to an appreciative audience. Prose, poetry, drama, film scripts, all more »

Festival: Bennet House Writers

Regular writing group is opening its doors to newcomers during Darlington Arts Festival. The Bennet House Writers group was formed in 1989 as part of the Workers Education Association and meets weekly to work on creative writing projects. The group welcomes writers of all ages and abilities. Date and times: 10.30am-noon Venue: Age UK, Bradbury more »

Festival: Lecture ‘AVM Curiosities: food, art and history’

The Arts Society North Yorkshire & South Durham (AS NY&SD) presents the lecture ‘AVM Curiosities: food, art and history’ by Tasha Marks (pictured). Tasha Marks will talk about her passion for food as an artistic medium. Her projects range from edible sculptural installations to limited-edition confectionery. Tasha is an award-winning food historian and her practice more »

Festival: Darlington Film Club ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’

Darlington Film Club are proud to be a part of the Darlington Arts Festival again. This year they are showing ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’ starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant. In the 1940s, New York socialite Florence Foster Jenkins (Meryl Streep) dreams of becoming a great opera singer. Unfortunately, her ambition exceeds her talent. The voice more »

Festival: Stan L Abbott ‘meet the author’

Join Stan L Abbott at Waterstones Darlington for an hour to discuss his first novel The Episode, published by Sixth Element in March 2019. The author was a journalist for many national and regional newspapers, and he has edited several books and magazines. The Episode is a fictionalised account of one man’s descent into a more »

Festival: ‘Spotlight on…’ at Market Hall

This is a free opportunity set up specifically for Darlington Arts Festival 2019 for local individuals or organisations to publicise their arts/culture groups, promote forthcoming events and attract new members. The Victorian Market Hall has kindly provided a space for arts organisations to showcase their talents. It’s free for people to perform in the ‘Spotlight more »

The Hullabaloo honours Lewis Carroll

The Hullabaloo, the North East’s flagship children’s theatre venue, is celebrating Lewis Carroll and his work with their magical family event ‘A Hullabaloo in Wonderland’ on Saturday 27 April. For ages 0-10 years and their grown-ups, families can expect to make their own mad hats, dance and move down the rabbit hole, follow a curious more »

Darlington College: art showcase

The Darlington College ‘End of Year Art Showcase 2019’ takes place at Mercure Darlington Kings Hotel on Thursday 23rd May 5.30pm until 8pm. The event features works produced by UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design and UAL Level 4 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, including Fine Art, Photography and Visual Communication. more »

Andrea Vicari Trio: 10th May

Opus 4 Jazz Club presents the Andrea Vicari Trio on Friday 10th May. Andrea Vicari is an award-winning jazz pianist from London who will be suported by Newcastle-based Russ Morgan (drums) and Andy Champion (double bass). The jazz club takes place at the Travellers Rest, Cockerton, Darlington, and doors open 7.30pm for 8pm start. Tickets more »

Family ceilidh on 11th May

On Saturday 11th May, Manic Mum Days Events are bringing the experience of dancing and live music to families in Darlington. Blind Panic ceilidh band will play at Bondgate Church, Darlington, 3pm-5.30pm, with traditional fun for all the family. This is the second ceilidh organised Manic Mum Days events and for those who havent ever more »