Darlington Arts Festival 2019

Darlington Arts Festival takes place annually and is co-ordinated by Darlington for Culture as a showcase for the wide variety of arts activities that take place in the area all year round. The festival is an opportunity for arts organisations and individuals to promote their events and activities, and it is an opportunity for audiences to discover something new.

This year’s theme is ‘Follow Your Art’ and the festival takes place 17-20 May 2019

Click on the event title below for further details. To book a place or buy tickets (if applicable), please contact each event organiser. For any other queries about this festival, please email darlo4culture@gmail.com.

A large part of the festival is dedicated to writers, both new and established, with a variety of events taking place across all four days. Visit the ‘Programme for Writers’ page.

KEY: (b) booking required; (f) free event

Darlington Arts Festival 2019 programme

Friday 17 May:
Darlington Mind group art exhibition at Town Hall during office hours (f)
Getting up close in poem-writing Writers’ workshop at Crown Street Library, 10am-11.30am (b)
The Hippodrome in Print Exhibition of vintage posters at the Hippodrome, 10am-6pm (f)
Enchanted Forest Creative play at The Hullabaloo, 10am-2pm (f)
Slices of life Writers’ workshop at Crown Street Library, 1pm-2.30pm (b)
Write then Read Writers’ workshop with Vane Women at Crown Street Library, 3pm-5pm (b)
Zog Children’s show at The Hippodrome, 4.30pm
Shine On Tribute band at The Forum, doors open 7pm
Noisy Daughters vinyl launch Voodoo Café, doors 7.30pm

Saturday 18 May:
Show, don’t tell Writers’ workshop at Crown Street Library, 9am-10.30am (b)
Enchanted Forest Creative play at The Hullabaloo, 10am-2pm (f)
The Hippodrome in Print Exhibition of vintage posters at the Hippodrome, 10am-6pm (f)
Darlington dance festival
Local dance schools at Joseph Pease Place, throughout the day (f)
Muckers Children’s show at The Hullabaloo, 11am and 2pm
Writing a big story Writers’ workshop/talk at Crown Street Library, 11am-1pm (b)
Zog Children’s show at The Hippodrome, 11am, 2pm, 4.30pm
Darlington New Orleans Jazz ‘Sweet and Hot’ at St. Augustine’s Parish Centre, noon-3pm
Story collecting and paper cutting An artist’s talk at Crown Street Gallery, 1.30pm-2.30pm (f)
Belly Giggles! Comedy workshop for ages 7+ at The Forum, 1.30pm-4pm (b)
The art of the novel – a case study Writers’ event at Hatch, 3pm-5pm
Tambours d’Afrique Drumming group outside Market Hall, 3.45pm-5pm (f)
The Art of Darlington A guided walk led by Chris Lloyd of The Northern Echo (f) (b)
The Cureheads Tribute band at The Forum, doors open 7pm

Sunday 19 May:
An introduction to crime fiction Writers’ workshop at Dr.inks, 10am-1pm (b)
The Hippodrome in Print Exhibition of vintage posters at the Hippodrome, 10am-6pm (f)
Zog
Children’s show at The Hippodrome, 11am, 2pm
Mass dance Market Square, 1pm (f)
And the meek shall inherit the storyline Writers’ event. Talk at Dr.inks, 2pm-3pm
Piano recital by Jeremy and James Chen at The Dolphin Centre, 3pm
Open mic for writers
at Hash, 5pm-8pm

Monday 20 May:
Darlington Mind group art exhibition at Town Hall during office hours (f)
The Hippodrome in Print Exhibition of vintage posters at the Hippodrome, 10am-6pm (f)
Bennet House Writers at Bradbury House, 10.30am-noon
Enchanted Forest Creative play at The Hullabaloo, 10am-2pm (f)
AVM Curiosities: Food, Art and History Lecture at The Blackwell Grange, 6.30pm
Florence Foster Jenkins presented by Darlington Film Club at The Forum, 7.30pm

 

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