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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, Saturdays 20th & 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 more »

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VIntage vehicle rally at the Festival

Sunday May 21 at Darlington Arts Festival sees a Vintage Vehicle Rally in Museum Gardens and Field, Head of Steam 11.00am – 3.00pm A variety of rare and unusual vintage vehicles from across the North East and Yorkshire regions gather again for this popular event, activities include mini train ride, arts and crafts juggling and more »

Art history talk at the Festival

This Darlington Arts Festival event will offer an insight into Post-War Art. Saturday May 20 Kicking & Screaming – A Brief Story of Post-War Art: by Linda Smith. Crown Street Gallery, Darlington Library, Crown Street, Darlington. DL1 1ND 3.15 – 4.15pm. Doors open at 3.00pm A special free lecture organised by North Yorkshire & South more »

Author to talk at the Festival

Saturday May 20 at Darlington Arts Festival gives you chang=ce to meet author Shelley Day Crown Street Library, Darlington DL1 1ND – 2pm Free event, no booking required Meet author Shelley Day as she talks about her debut book The Confession of Stella Moon The event is part of the yearly Read Regional author programme more »


New Orleans jazz at the Festival

Saturday May 6 sees Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club welcomes Spats Langham’s Hot Fingers group as part of Darlington Arts Festival. St Augustines Parish Centre in Larchfield Street 12.30pm Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club has promoted live jazz in Darlington since 1996. From ragtime to swing, through the hot dance music of the 1920s, to more »

Inkerman Writers at the Festival

Darlingtob-based Inkerman Writers will be performing at the Arts Festival, offering an evening of prose and poetry. Event details: Thursday May 18, Voodoo Café, Skinnergate 7pm. £2 on the door for non group members


Book Fair to be held

Saturday May 13, during Darlington Arts Festival, will see Darlington Book Fair staged, organised by Jeremiah Vokes for the Provincial Booksellers Fair Association. Excellent range of books for sale. Venue: Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College, Vane Terrace, Darlington Time: 10am-4pm Tickets £1 on the door. .


Head of Steam talks, workshops and exhibitions at the Festival

There are some interesting talks, workshops and exhibitions at Head of Steam during Darlington Arts Festival Until Sunday May 7 Travels with a Sketchbook, an exhibition of sketchbooks and drawings by Rita Smith Temporary Exhibition Gallery, Head of Steam Included in normal entrance fee. Drawing and travel are important factors of Rita Smith’s practice and more »

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Poetry at the Festival

Wednesday May 3 at Darlington Arts Festival sees a Poetry Reading by Marilyn Longstaff. Venue: Crown Street Library, Crown Street, Darlington, DL1 1ND – 2pm Free Marilyn Longstaff has spent most of her adult life in the North East. She lives in Darlington and is a member of the writing, performing and publishing collective Vane more »


Folk at 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 . Thursday April 27 Bob Fox – the songman in ‘War Horse’ Darlington Folk Club meets every Thursday evening at the Copper Beech in Neasham more »