ArtsFest: Thangka art exhibition

Over the past few decades the traditions, philosophies and culture of the East have become more widely embraced by the Western world. One form of Tibetan art, Thangka, is rarely seen and is very little known about in the west; however, young artist Adam Plumb is undertaking training in Thangka, with the assistance of a more »

Applause Theatre presents ‘Night, Mother

Applause Theatre produced an abridged version of ‘Night, Mother by American playwright, Marsha Norman, as part of the Darlington Arts Festival 2018 – and the final performance is on Saturday 16th June in Gainford. Directed by Alan Anderson, the play revolves around two members of the dysfunctional Cates family living in small-town southern America. Mama more »

Vane Women – poetry reading and workshop

As part of this year’s ‘Crossing the Tees’ book festival, Vane Women present a poetry reading and a workshop on Thursday 14 June at Crown Street Library. Poetry reading: 2pm-3pm, free Vane Women will read their latest work, project images and feature their latest poet, Judi Sutherland, who will read from her book The Ship more »

‘Dr Dresser’s Dream’

‘Dr Dresser’s Dream – an Art Appreciation Talk’ takes place on Wednesday 13th June, from 6pm to 7.30pm. Dorman Museum will be giving a talk about one of the pioneers of independent design at The Bridge centre, which is on Yarm Road in Darlington, on the corner of Hundens Lane. Postcode is DL1 1ED and more »

College’s art showcase takes place 14th June

Darlington College’s End of Year Art Showcase 2018 takes place on Thursday 14th June from 6.30pm until 8.30pm at The Ballroom, Mercure Darlington Kings Hotel, with licensed bar. Featuring work produced by students on the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Fine Art/Graphics/Photography and BTEC Level 4 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. Plus live more »

Next gig at Opus 4 Jazz club

Martin Speake is a well-respected modern jazz musician immersed in the current London jazz scene. On 15 June, he will be at Opus 4 Jazz club with the Paul Edis Trio from Newcastle. The club takes  place at the Travellers Rest, 2 West Auckland Road, Darlington DL3 9ER. This will be a special first event for Opus 4 where more »

“A Panorama of Movement and Dance”

Dance Show “A Panorama of Movement and Dance” takes place on Saturday 23 June 2pm at The Dolphin Centre, Darlington DL1 5RP. The Annual Festival Show of Movement and Dance features participants from all over the North East, from children to mature movers, including performances fresh from the national festival show at Birmingham Symphony Hall. more »

‘Crossing the Tees’ festival in June

The ‘Crossing the Tees’ book festival returns for 2018. Library services for Stockton, Middlesbrough, Hartlepool, Redcar & Cleveland and Darlington present the book festival across the Tees Valley. As always, there will be something for all of the family including plenty of talks and children’s activities, all taking place from 9th to 23rd June. More more »

Rejig skills courses are back

Rejig’s new season of Skills Courses start on Saturday 26th May 9.30am-2.30pm. The first one is fun with batik. ‘Wax and Colour: Modern Batik’ is a three-hour workshop introducing participants to the ancient art of batik, with a modern twist. A mixture of demonstrations, experiments, and hands-on practical time, the session will teach new techniques more »

Open Mic for Writers

The next session is on Thursday 28th June at 7pm in the upstairs ‘Roof Box’ at HASH, 14 Coniscliffe Road, Darlington DL3 7RG. Got a story you want to read? Trying something out with a novel and not sure if it works? Or simply like listening to original writing, some of it never heard before? more »