Darlington Arts Festival

Darlington for Culture (DfC) is seeking to hear from arts groups, venues, performers and businesses who would like to showcase themselves in the sixth Darlington Arts Festival.

The festival, again to be staged at a wide range of venues across the borough, is being co-ordinated by DfC, the group which speaks for arts and culture in the area. Limited funding will be available for some events.

Planning is well under way for the 2018 festival, which will include a wide range of activities, taking in everything from music and art to literature and film.

The festival will start on 19th May and finish on 3rd June. As well as including regular events taking place during the two weeks, DfC would like to encourage groups to put on a one-off event to give the festival a more celebratory feel.

Darlington for Culture is pleased to be able to offer three grants of up to £500 for proposals for new events to be included in the Festival. Those interested should contact Stephen Wiper of Festival supporter Creative Darlington (stephen.wiper@darlington.gov.uk) for application details.

You can find out more, or suggest an event, by contacting darlo4culture@gmail.com by February 1, 2018.

Events – we will add more as they are confirmed

Saturday 19th May, John Hackett Band
Doors 8pm Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington

This is a Gasto Promotions event. Gasto Promotions have been promoting live music in Darlington for nearly 20 years. Acts with a variety of different styles of music have been booked to come to Darlington, with Classic Rock, Blues, Soul, 1960s and 1970s bands, and also tribute events.

John Hackett is probably best known for his distinctive flute sound in the world of progressive music. Solo flautist, guitarist, singer and composer, John collaborated with his brother Steve Hackett, the former Genesis guitarist, on his early albums, Voyage of the Acolyte and Please Don’t Touch, along with further recordings and tours of the UK, USA and Europe, playing guitar, flute, and bass pedals.

John and his band are touring to support his latest cd “We Are Not Alone” [which has received critical appraise from the Prog-Rock media]. We can expect a heady and eclectic mix of rock-solid music, swirling mellotron and at times, free improvisation.

  • Tickets: Forum Box Office 01325 363135

Saturday 26 May 2018
Darlington for Culture is planning a full day to celebrate the achievement of local writers and offer new poets, playwrights, novelists etc the chance to develop their craft as part of Darlington Arts Festival 2018.

To this end we have hired the Friends Meeting House on Skinnergate from 10am-10pm on Saturday, 26th May. DfC are paying for the hire in order to offer local writers and writing groups the chance to run events without concerns about cost.

Literary day organiser Tracey Iceton now has 12 hours to fill at the venue so if you have an idea for an event please contact her on traceyiceton@hotmail.co.uk

She is particularly looking for author readings/performances of published work, author talks/Q&As (about any aspect of your craft e.g. the writing process, the finished product, the route to publication etc.) and for workshops/masterclasses that will help those new to writing to get started or to develop their own creative practice but she will consider any suggestions. It will be up to you whether you charge for your event.

Also, do let her know if you have an event you would like to run at an alternative venue during the rest of the festival period.

Saturday 2 June
Six-In-A-Bar star at Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club, St. Augustine’s Parish Centre, Larchfiled Street, Darlington. DL3 7TG. Doors open at 12noon for a 12:30 till 3pm gig. Tickets £10 at the door.

Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club has been promoting live jazz in the town since 1996. From ragtime to swing, through the hot dance music of the 1920s, to the revivalist years and the“traddy pop” of the 1950s and 1960s, with perhaps some be-bop and jive, we try to provide a programme with something for everyone.

Six-In-A-Bar was formed some 12 years ago with some of the very best musicians of the 1920s/1930s jazz age and are considered one of the most innovative and professional bands in the UK.

The line-up consists of Willy Entwistle of the Temperance Severn on reeds, violin, flageolet & arrangements, Pete Eddowes, percussion, Chris Howes, banjo, tenor guitar and vocals,-Colin Turner, bass saxophone and double Bb tuba along with Phil Lucas, trumpet and flugal horn.

  • For more information visit www.darlingtonjazz.co.uk or e-mail ray@darlingtonjazz.co.uk of telephone Ray on 07860 368022.

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