Fifth Darlington Arts Festival programme is launched

The programme has been announced for the fifth Darlington Arts Festival – themed A Celebration of Talent – due to run at a wide range of venues across the borough.
Co-ordinated by Darlington for Culture (DfC), the group which speaks for arts and culture in the area, the festival has 64 events at 18 venues between April 27-May 31.
Many of the organisations and individuals supporting the event are reflected in the programme, which includes:
* A series of music events, including the Darlington Jazz Festival which launches the Darlington Arts Festival in spectacular fashion, and throughout the month other musical events ranging from rhythm ‘n‘ blues and rock to folk, Mersey Beat music and clarinet. Among them is an evening of Mersey Beat Music, featuring The Fabs.
* A film festival on the theme of Places to be run by Darlington Film Club at the Forum in Borough Road, including personal appearances by some of the actors featured in the movies
* Literary events featuring readings and writing workshops
* Art-based events including exhibitions and workshops at various venues
* Theatre and comedy
Author and Darlington Arts Festival committee member Tracey Iceton said: “The variety and vibrancy of this year’s festival events showcases, yet again, that the arts are alive and thriving in Darlington.”
James Watson, of Darlington Film Club, who organises the film element of Darlington Arts Festival, said: “It’s always a pleasure to be involved in Darlington’s Art Festival. We have special guests this year with Hammer and Bond star Madeline Smith attending alongside an evening of Please Sir! with David Barry bringing the Frankie Abbott character back to life for a play after the film. We would love people to join the Film Club at The Forum this May.”
Darlington for Culture Chair John Dean said: “The fifth Darlington Arts Festival promises to be terrific with something for everyone. We hope that people will support the events wherever they can.”
Councillor Nick Wallis, who holds the Leisure and Local Environment Portfolio for Darlington Borough Council and sits on the board of Creative Darlington, said: “Darlington for Culture has developed an exciting and accessible arts festival which celebrates the wealth of creativity, energy, stories and heritage that Darlington holds. It has done a fantastic job fitting so many concerts, family friendly events, exhibitions, film screenings, performances, great nights out and chances to get involved into one programme. Creative Darlington has supported the production of this year’s brochure and we’re delighted to see Darlington Arts Festival going from strength to strength.”
* Festival supporters include Creative Darlington, Darlington Borough Council, Cleveland College of Art and Design, Resilient Business Systems, Ephemeral Web Design, Humantics, which runs The Forum in Borough Road, and Darlington College.
A brochure will be distributed nearer the time and you can find the full programme at