Newsletter

Welcome to the newsletter, updated on 21st January.

This week, the new season of Open Mic nights for authors starts on 25th and there are two classical concerts at the Dolphin Centre this weekend.

The seaon of Open Mic nights for authors will continue on Thursday 25th January.

The nights, supported by Darlington for Culture and which offer a forum for writers to read their material and audiences to enjoy it, run at Voodoo Café/Cantina, 84 Skinnergate, Darlington, on the last Thursday of the month.

Now in their seventh year, the nights have given dozens of writers from Darlington and further afield the opportunity to read work including poetry, short stories, novel extracts and scripts to appreciative audiences. Readers range from published authors to those just starting out on their writing careers, and pieces read out range from completed pieces to work in progress for which the authors are seeking feedback. It all makes for an enjoyable evening’s entertainment.

  • Each session starts at 7pm and the cost of entry is £3 paid on the door. A share of the proceeds is donated to Darlington for Culture to help further its work supporting arts and culture in the town.

Live music

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There is loads of other brilliant music coming up, including Darlington Folk Club, the ongoing seasons from the Darlington Piano Society (Dinara Klinton 3pm on Sunday 28th January) and Darlington Orchestra’s concert on 27th January, plus the latest offerings from the New Orleans Jazz Clubs, plus plenty to enjoy at The Forum and disco nights at Voodoo Cafe.

You can check out on our The Town Is Alive With the Sound of Music blog at
http://www.darlingtonforculture.org/the-town-is-alive-with-the-sound-of-music

The Bridge Centre for Visual Arts
The centre is at the junction of Yarm Road and Hundens Lane DL1 1ED and runs programmes of 10-week courses in a variety of arts media throughout the year as well as a programme of exhibitions by local artists and art groups. The Bridge houses a variety of local groups and is available for private hire. Information on programmes can be found on www.thebridgedarlington.org.uk.

The Forum, Open Day on 4th February from 3pm-7pm
There will be live music and refreshments, open-mic opportunities, chance to tour refurbished facilities plus a “Buy, Sell & Swap” for all old music gear.

Admission is free for all ages. More information about the venue on Twitter @TheForum_Music or the website www.theforumonline.co.uk

 

Blood Brothers heads to Darlington
Bill Kenwright’s production of the international smash hit musical Blood Brothers announces its 2018 tour and it’s coming to Darlington Hippodrome in February.

Bill Kenwright’s ‘Dazzling’ (Sunday Telegraph) production of the international smash hit musical Blood Brothers announces its 2018 tour, opening on Tuesday 16 January at the Theatre Royal Bath. This iconic musical has been visiting theatres across the country throughout 2017 in celebration of its 30th anniversary, performing to sell-out houses and receiving standing ovations.

Considered ‘One of the best musicals ever written’ (Sunday Times), Blood Brothers, written by award-winning playwright Willy Russell has triumphed across the globe. Scooping up no fewer than four awards for best musical in London and seven Tony Award nominations on Broadway, Blood Brothers is simply ‘Unmissable and unbeatable’ (The Spectator).

Blood Brothers tells the captivating and moving story of twin boys separated at birth, only to be reunited by a twist of fate and a mother’s haunting secret.

  • Blood Brothers runs at Darlington Hippodrome from Tuesday 20 to Saturday 24 February
  • Tickets* from £23.50 (all prices include a £2 restoration levy). For more information or to book contact the box office on 01325 405405 or visit www.darlingtonhippodrome.co.uk

REGULAR EVENTS

Writers meet
Bennet House Writers meet every Monday at 10.30am at Age UK, Bradbury House, Beaumont Street West, Darlington DLI 5SX. The group read and discuss new and old work from members that includes poetry, short stories and novels. Further details can be obtained from Mary Sweeten on 01325 283401.

Courses, workshops and crafts groups, including for children

Fancy learning a new skill or brushing up on an old one? Then head to our courses pages at http://www.darlingtonforculture.org/courses/

Group meets
The Campaign to Protect Rural England, CPRE Darlington, meets in the Upstairs Restaurant, Dolphin Centre, Darlington, at 6.30 pm.. Meetings are informal and usually held the third Tuesday in the month. They cover mainly planning applications and so give the opportunity to air any views on issues which could affect your quality of life. Please ring 01325 485107 to check dates and inform them of your attendance.

Talks and lectures

Darlington Amateur Gardening Club
They meet in Bondgate Methodist Church, Winston Street entrance, and the talk starts at about 7.20pm, after tea/coffee. For club information contact the club secretary on 01325 468870.

National Council of Women Great Britain
The National Council of Women (NCW) wants to ensure that women play a full role in our society. In Darlington they meet on the fourth Tuesday of the month between 10am and midday at the Millennium Centre, All Saints Church, Ravensdale Road, Darlington DL3 8DT. They welcome women from around the wider area. Want to know more? Then check out the NCW website www.ncwgb.org or Twitter @NCWGB, call  01325 367375 or search for National Council of Women Great Britain on Facebook.

Darlington Historical Society talks:
Talks and meetings are held at the Friends Meeting House, Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7NG (accessed via the archway on Skinnergate) starting at 7.30pm.
Annual membership £10 covering all talks. Visitors £3 per meeting.
More information at www.darlingtonhistoricalsociety.wordpress.com

Wednesday 21 February 2018
From rainwater Tubs To Taps: A history of Tees Cottage Pumping Station

Wednesday 21 March 2018
Medieval Towns and Villages in Tees Valley

Wednesday 18 April 2018
North Road Head of Steam Museum

Darlington Lecture Association
Darlington Lecture Association welcomes £5 visitors to its meetings at Carmel RC College (7.30pm). Details of £25 membership covering eight lectures from 01325 363350 or at www.darlingtonlecture.org.uk

Keeping fit
Darlington Keep Fit Association is celebrating its 55th year of movement to music with regular sessions.The first takes place every Thursday evening from 7.30pm to 9pm. at St Thomas Aquinas Church Hall and is choreographed by Catherine Gilsenan and the second is held every Tuesday evening from 7.30pm to 9pm at Sadberge Village Hall and is choreographed by Margaret Marston. Both are qualified teachers with regularly updated training, costs are £3.50 per session with a view to membership if liked. Ages range from 18 years upwards.

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In the picture
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Raising funds
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Keeping in touch with the news

You can keep in touch with DfC at:
Website – www.darlingtonforculture.org (hosting is sponsored by Ephemeral Web Design. The site was designed by Resilient Business Systems)
Facebook – search for Darlington For Culture the official site
Twitter – @darloforculture
Darlington Arts Festival Twitter link @darloartsfest
Email – darlo4culture@gmail.com
Post – Darlington for Culture Ltd, c/o Heritage House, Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RF.

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DfC’s induction events for volunteers are hosted in the Darlington town centre offices of Heritage Healthcare, a leading family-run business proud to offer more than 60 years’ experience and expertise in delivering excellent quality home-based care within the community. They can be contacted via www.heritagehealthcare.co.uk or 01325 370700.

What’s On
There is so much going on that our weekly newsletter is unable to carry everything so to allow you to get the bigger picture, you can check out our What’s On (click on What’s On at the left of this page) featuring everything from films and theatre to dance and music, art and exhibitions to literature and lectures. Also across the left is a link to courses and workshops.

Want to appear here?
Do you want your event mentioning on our website and social network sites? Then please do get in touch at darlo4culture@gmail.com

Thank you, as ever, for your support.

Jo Potter, DfC Chair, and the DfC team