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Community band to play at Festival

Wednesday May 17 at Darlington Arts Festival sees Darlington Community Wind Band with special guests Darlington SING The Majestic, Bondgate 7.30pm Darlington Community Wind Band are a well-established concert band with a mix of professional and amateur musicians. Membership and repertoire have grown in the past two years under the direction of conductor Ed Thompson, more »

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Fifth Festival ale is launched

The fifth Darlington Arts Festival is taking place between April 27-May 31 and to add to the enjoyment of the occasion local Mithril Ales brewer Pete Fenwick is again producing and supplying a special festival ale. Performing Arts is a Pale Ale at 3.9%, a fruity, citrusy hoppy beer. The festival is being co-ordinated by more »


Young musicians jazz it up for festival

Budding young musicians are tuning up to join in the fun at the sixth annual Darlington Jazz Festival. The festival promises a host of high quality, diverse performances across the town centre and will be the spectacular launch event the month-long Darlington Arts Festival (27 April-31 May) coordinated by Darlington for Culture. Pupils from Reid more »

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Paul Dillon work is showcased

Exhibition at The Bridge Centre for Visual Arts Yarm Road Darlington DL1 1ED 8 April – 2 June 2017 ‘Another Side of Paul Dillon’ and Blinded by the Light’ Paul Dillon started work in Darlington in 1975 drawing souvenir prints for the 125th Anniversary of the Stockton and Darlington Railway, 5 years later he began more »

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Playwrights prepare for debut at Arts Festival

By Suzie Russell, Darlington College Festival Reporting Team In preparation for the Darlington Arts Festival, authors and playwrights Angela Pickering, Lesley Blundell and Sandra Spears, who together make up the ‘No Name Theatre Company,’ spoke to NCTJ Journalism student Suzie Russell about their maiden collaborative work, called Communication Breakdown. Expect a large dose of laughter more »

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Matt heads home for all that jazz!

By Sam Howard of the Darlington College Festival Reporting Team London-based jazz trumpeter Matt Roberts will be making a return to his home town as part of Darlington Jazz Festival, which launches the fifth Darlington Arts Festival and runs between April 27-30. Matt, 30, said: “I love coming back to Darlington. My parents have moved more »

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Life drawing class launches

A new not-for-profit life drawing organisation is launching in Darlington on April 13th. Lust For Life Drawing is the brainchild of local artist Jonny Lancaster and his partner Grace Wakes. Held on a monthly basis, each session will invite those who want to try drawing from life without the commitment of signing up to a more »


Comedy at the Festival

Saturday May 6 at Darlington Arts Festival sees the Hilarity Bites Comedy Club @ The Forum Monthly comedy night with 3 top stand-up comedians take to The Forum stage for an evening of quality stand- up Tickets £10 – Doors 7-30pm.


Discovering the area with the Bright Water Wanders

The Bright Water landscape project has organised a series of walks, including several in Darlington. The project covers 200km2 within the lowland area of County Durham and Darlington, the surrounds of the River Skerne. The Bright Water area runs from Hurworth Burn reservoir in East Durham to the point where the river enters South Park more »