Fifth Festival ale is launched

The fifth Darlington Arts Festival is taking place between April 27-May 31 and to add to the enjoyment of the occasion local Mithril Ales brewer Pete Fenwick is again producing and supplying a special festival ale. Performing Arts is a Pale Ale at 3.9%, a fruity, citrusy hoppy beer. The festival is being co-ordinated by more »

Paul Dillon work is showcased

Exhibition at The Bridge Centre for Visual Arts Yarm Road Darlington DL1 1ED 8 April – 2 June 2017 ‘Another Side of Paul Dillon’ and Blinded by the Light’ Paul Dillon started work in Darlington in 1975 drawing souvenir prints for the 125th Anniversary of the Stockton and Darlington Railway, 5 years later he began more »

Playwrights prepare for debut at Arts Festival

By Suzie Russell, Darlington College Festival Reporting Team Authors and playwrights Angela Pickering, Lesley Blundell and Sandra Spears, who together make up the newly-formed ‘No Name Theatre Company,’ will make their debut at Darlington Arts Festival on May 31. They spoke to NCTJ Journalism student Suzie Russell about their maiden collaborative work, called Communication Breakdown. more »

Life drawing class launches

A new not-for-profit life drawing organisation is launching in Darlington on April 13th. Lust For Life Drawing is the brainchild of local artist Jonny Lancaster and his partner Grace Wakes. Held on a monthly basis, each session will invite those who want to try drawing from life without the commitment of signing up to a more »

Discovering the area with the Bright Water Wanders

The Bright Water landscape project has organised a series of walks, including several in Darlington. The project covers 200km2 within the lowland area of County Durham and Darlington, the surrounds of the River Skerne. The Bright Water area runs from Hurworth Burn reservoir in East Durham to the point where the river enters South Park more »

Kolbe and Pam Bassington at the Festival

An Exhibition of Work by Kolbe and Pam Bassington will take place during Darlington Arts Festival. Details: The Library in the Friends’ Meeting House, Skinnergate, Saturday 27th May, 10.00am-4.30pm. Kolbe has been making ceramics for 15 years; he enjoys creating small, curious objects. Pam Bassington gained a First Class Honours degree in Contemporary Fine Art more »

Head of Steam events at the Festival

HEad of Steam has been taking part in Darlington Arts Festival. Still to come: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 30th May – 2nd June 1.00pm – 3.00pm Northern Rail Activity Room, Head of Steam May half term for fun arts and crafts for all the family. Included in admission and yearly passes. Until Sunday July more »

Folk Musician of the Year heads for the Festival

Folk music has always been a big part of Darlington Arts Festival and this year is no different, including an appearance from Tom McConville, BBC Folk Musician of the Year. Still to come: Thursday May 25 Tom McConville – BBC Folk Musician of the Year Darlington Folk Club meets every Thursday evening at the Copper more »

Reaction to libraries decision

Darlington for Culture has reacted to last night’s (Thursday March 23) decision by full council to close down Crown Street Library and move it to The Dolphin Centre but to work with the community to save Cockerton Library. DfC Chair John Dean said: “The campaign to keep Crown Street Library in its current building has more »

Music at the Forum during the Festival

The Forum is hosting some terrific music during Darlington Arts Festival. Still to come: Friday May 26 – The Forum Soul Club Northern Soul Oldies Night Forum Music Centre, Borough Road Four top DJs spinning quality Northern Soul Oldies, 60s & Motown. Tickets / Entrance £3.50 – Doors 7pm to Midnight. Saturday May 27 – more »