Darlington Arts Festival 2020

The eighth annual Darlington Arts Festival is co-ordinated by Darlington for Culture and supported by Creative Darlington and Darlington Culture Volunteers.

It’s an opportunity for arts organisations and individuals to promote themselves and their events – and it’s an opportunity for audiences to discover something new.

The four-day festival aims to showcase the fantastic variety of activities that take place in and around Darlington throughout the year.

  • This year’s theme is ‘Platform for talent: Get on board’

A large part of the festival is dedicated to writers, both new and established. The closing date to add a creative-writing event was in January.

There is still time to add other events to the programme.

We have opportunities for visual arts at the Cornmill Centre for all four days, ‘Spotlight on…’ performance space at the Victorian Market Hall on Saturday 16th May.

Get in touch if you’d like to take part and have suggestions for events you’d like to include.

All festival events will be publicised on the DfC website, social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) and will be listed in print publicity (A5 brochures and flyers) that’ll be widely distributed from mid-March. The festival will be advertised in The Northern Echo, with editorial coverage in other local print and online publications.

We also ask that organisers add the DfC logo, website address and #DarloArtsFest2020 to their publicity material if possible to help promote the festival.

Add an event to the festival programme

The deadline is 29th February. Please email darlo4culture@gmail.com with an image and details about the event as follows.

Event title:

Event description (max 150 words): [please give details about your event, written in third person]


Date and time:

Ticket price(s): [any age restrictions, if applicable, e.g. 16+ only etc.]

Booking required (delete as applicable): YES or NO?

Booking details (if applicable):


Email address: [for publication]

Contact Number: [for publication]