Crown Street Library

On 11th September, Darlington Council endorsed the decision to keep the town’s central library in Crown Street, instead of moving the service to the Dolphin Centre. For the past two years, since councillors voted to relocate the library, many people have been involved in highlighting all the benefits of the library service and huge variety more »

Anniversary of ‘Beauty & The Bike’

A Special Anniversary Screening of ‘Beauty & The Bike’ will take place at The Forum on Monday 17th September 7pm. Ten years ago this month, members of Darlovelo (then Darlington Cycling Campaign) got together with film-makers from Darlington Media Group to launch the film project Beauty and the Bike. At the time, no one really more »

Evening of jazz piano

For the start of the Autumn season, Opus 4 Jazz Club presents a special evening of jazz piano with 13-times British Jazz award winner David Newton in duet with Dean Stockdale. The two pianos are joined by top rhythm section of Mick Shoulder on bass and Adam Sinclair on drums. Friday 14th September at the more »

September jazz at St Augustine’s PC

Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club presents two September gigs at St Augustine’s Parish Centre – the first features international piano man Jeff Barnhart on Saturday 8 September. Jeff is joined by guitar and banjo virtuoso Thomas ‘Spats’ Langham and together they’ll entertain with music from the Great American Songbook, and earlier. On Saturday 15 September, more »

‘My Mountain Life’ by Simon Yates

The Neasham Reading Room is hosting ‘My Mountain Life’: an illustrated presentation by Simon Yates’ (pictured) on Thursday 20th September 7.30pm, tickets £10. On the remote Siula Grande in Peru in 1985, mountaineer Simon Yates found himself in a desperate position. He was slowly being pulled off the mountain by his injured partner, Joe Simpson, dangling more »

Performing arts classes for ages 4-16

Does your child enjoy acting, singing and dancing? The new term at Darlington Academy of Performing Arts starts on 4th September. Regular classes take place at Hummersknott Academy. For more information, visit the website.

Art exhibition to transform pub into ‘The Penny-Tate’

Arts organisation Lust For Life Drawing is transforming The Pennyweight into ‘The Penny-Tate’ when the pub hosts an art exhibition. It opens to the public on Friday 17th August at the venue in Darlington Market Square, and will exhibit drawings by attendees of Lust For Life Drawing sessions. The artists, from total beginners to professionals, more »

Promote your events

Do you have arts and culture events or groups that you’d like to publicise? The DfC information stand (and famous teddy tombola) attends many local events each year and can help promote your events. Plus, we have an information stand in the foyer of The Hippodrome for several days each week. It’s a great opportunity more »

Rumpelstiltskin: a fairytale for all ages

balletLORENT‘s award-winning team returns to Darlington Hippodrome with an original version of the beloved tale Rumpelstiltskin, directed by Liv Lorent and rewritten by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy. Full of action and humour this emotionally rich fairytale is set in a world of sheep, straw, wool and spinning where the alchemist Rumpelstiltskin is an outcast more »

Follow your art – support local groups

By Jo Potter, chair of DfC What can be done to attract audiences away from their home-entertainment systems to support the many events that take place in Darlington throughout the year? You often hear that it is too expensive, or car parking is difficult, or that there is no bus service, but many events, particularly more »