Darlington Arts Festival 2020

Festival cancellation

19 March 2020: Unfortunately, this year’s Darlington Arts Festival has been cancelled owing to restrictions surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic. Further information available here.

Please continue to support arts practitioners and venues when you can. And we will update the DfC website with details as we receive them.


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

The four-day festival is a showcase for the fantastic variety of arts activities that take place in and around Darlington throughout the year.

‘Platform for talent: Get on board!’

FESTIVAL PROGRAMME 15-18 MAY

KEY: (b) booking required; (CW) creative-writing event

For further details and to book (if necessary), please contact the event organiser via links below

Friday 15 May:
‘Pop-up art exhibition’ at the Cornmill Shopping Centre 9am-5.30pm (free)
‘Prompted to write – inspired by art’ Age UK Hub 10am-noon (CW) (b)
‘Dreamland’ creative-play space at The Hullabaloo 10am-2pm (free)
‘The Bridge Centre for Visual Arts’ open from 10am-4pm (free)
‘Working it Out’ arts activities at the Cornmill Centre various times from 10am-4pm
‘Street Wise – What’s in a Name?’ Exhibition at Head of Steam 11am-3.30pm
‘Sound as a poem – writing workshop’ Crown Street Library 12.30pm-2.30pm (CW) (b)
‘BOO! writing spooky stories’ Crown Street Library 3pm-5pm (CW) (b)
‘The Kite Runner’ at the Hippodrome 7.30pm
‘The Mentulls’ at The Forum Music Centre, doors from 8pm

Saturday 16 May:
‘Pop-up art exhibition’ at the Cornmill Shopping Centre 9am-5.30pm (free)
‘Blogging for kids workshop’ Crown Street Library 9.15am-10.45am (CW) (b)
‘Photo Walk (and competition)’ starting from Hippodrome cafe 10am-12.30pm (free) (b)
‘Dreamland’ creative-play space at The Hullabaloo 10am-2pm (free)
‘Spotlight on…’ music performances at The Victorian Market Hall 10am-2pm (free)
‘The Bridge Centre for Arts’ open from 10am-4pm (free)
‘Working it Out’ arts activities at the Cornmill Centre various times from 10am-4pm
‘Art Market’ at The Victorian Market Hall 10am-4pm (free)
‘An introduction to life writing’ Crown Street Library 11am-noon (CW) (b)
‘Street Wise – What’s in a Name?’ Exhibition at Head of Steam 11am-3.30pm
‘Vane Women – Page to Stage’ workshop at Crown Street Library 12.30pm-2pm (CW) (b)
‘Jeff Barnhart and his hot five’ at St Augustine’s Parish Centre 12.30pm-3pm
‘A panorama of movement and dance’ at the Dolphin Centre 2pm
The Kite Runner’ at the Hippodrome 2pm and 7.30pm
‘Vane Women and guests – poetry reading’ Crown Street Gallery 2.30pm-3.30pm (CW) (free)
‘Poetry reading – Rachel Burns A Girl in a Blue Dress Crown Street Gallery 3.30pm-4pm (CW) (free)
‘Songwriting for everyone’ workshop at Quaker Meeting House 4pm-6pm (b)
‘Ultimate Bowie’ at The Forum Music Centre, doors from 7pm
‘Cockerton Band anniversary concert’ Central Hall 7.30pm
‘Wind and words’ an evening of light music and verse at St Andrew’s Church 7.30pm

Sunday 17 May:
‘Starting a writers’ blog’ Dolphin Centre 10am-noon (CW) (b)
‘Pop-up art exhibition’ at the Cornmill Shopping Centre 10am-4pm (free)
‘Working it Out’ arts activities at the Cornmill Centre, various times from 10am-4pm
‘Vintage Vehicle Rally 2020’ Head of Steam 10am-4pm
‘Guided walk by Chris Lloyd’ Circular walk from Head of Steam Museum 10.30am-12.30pm (free) (b)
‘Drawing in the Park’ outdoor drawing for all at South Park Bandstand 11am-3pm (free)
‘Street Wise – What’s in a Name?’ Exhibition at Head of Steam 11am-3.30pm
‘Young writers storybook workshop’ Dolphin Centre 12.30pm-2.30pm (CW) (b)
‘It’s the way you tell ’em – humour-writing workshop’ Dolphin Centre 2.30pm-5.30pm (CW) (b)
‘One Night at the V.E. Day Proms’ at the Hippodrome 3pm
‘Open mic for writers’ Hash bar 6pm-8pm (CW)

Monday 18 May:
‘Pop-up art exhibition’ at the Cornmill Shopping Centre 9am-5.30pm (free)
‘Dreamland’ creative-play space at The Hullabaloo 10am-2pm (free)
‘The Bridge Centre for Visual Arts’ open from 10am-4pm (free)
‘Working it Out’ arts activities at the Cornmill Centre various times from 10am-4pm
The Arts Society lecture Blackwell Grange Hotel 6.30pm

 

 

 

 

 

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