ArtsFest: Vane Women Tell Her Story

A potent brew of spoken word, film, art, image, live performance and music. Price: Tickets available on the door or email vane.women@ntlworld.com Place: Crown Street Gallery Date and time: Wednesday 30th May 6pm Contact: vane.women@ntlworld.com

ArtsFest: Open Mic for Writers

Prose, poetry, drama, film scripts – all welcome. Simply bring along your piece and read it out in one of the eight-minute slots allocated for each reader. The nights, supported by Darlington for Culture (DfC), offer a forum for writers to read their material and audiences to enjoy it. A share of the proceeds is more »

ArtsFest: Barbara Nice: ‘Raffle’

Join the Edinburgh Fringe’s favourite housewife for an evening of proper good fun. Entrance price includes a complimentary raffle ticket! Barbara was all-conquering in her four-part BBC Radio 2 sitcom broadcast in March 2017. Experience this critically acclaimed tip-top character comedy live from Phoenix Nights actress and comedian Janice Connolly. A playful life-affirming show for more »

Arts Festival 2018: Comedy

Several comedy nights are planned this year to put a smile on your face. With well-known stars, local favourites, undiscovered comedians and a children’s workshop there is something for everyone in the 2018 line-up. Starting the season on 21st May is an evening with Matt Reed and supporters at Bannatyne Hotel which will be one more »

Arts Festival 2018: Literary events and talks

The festival presents talks for all ages with an intergenerational event on 21st May commemorating the 100th anniversary of Votes for Women, with special guest speakers, and a young writers workshop on 30th May. Plus, there is the NERA talk on 19th May, a performance by Vane Women on 30th May and two talks by more »

ArtsFest: The Synthetic Narrative of the LILS

What happens to muse-driven writers when the muse is absent? Finding himself bereft, the husk, John S Rutherford reviewed his literary pretensions for inspiration and returned to his connection with The Long Itchington Literary Society for solace. In an act of breathless cultural appropriation Mr Rutherford will present an hour of The Synthetic Narrative of members and associates of more »

ArtsFest: Soapbox Sessions

Soapbox Sessions is a weekly open mic night for musicians, comedians and poets, which takes place at Hole In The Wall, hosted by Dave Saunders. The event features a different special-guest headliner every Sunday night – gather, watch, perform. Price: Free Place: Hole In The Wall Date and time: 20th May doors 7pm Contact: www.facebook.com/hitwsoapboxsessions/

ArtsFest: Young Writers Creative Workshop

Young writers (aged 7+) are invited to join author and creative writing tutor Tracey Iceton for this fun, interactive story workshop. There will be the chance to create your own storybook with advice on writing characters, developing plot, using imaginative language and including action, speech and description in your stories. There will also be chance more »

ArtsFest: Celebrating Achievement Open Mic

An open mic opportunity for creative writers to share their published works. Following the closure of the Arts Centre in 2012, DfC has worked to provide a platform for local artists to showcase their work. At the heart of their programme has been the annual Arts Festival with its growing focus on creative writing and more »

ArtsFest: Writing for Community

This workshop will give participants the chance to work through a sample of writing prompts for creativity and self expression. It aims to provide encouragement for new writers and experienced writers not writing at present. Susan was an Occupational and Drama Therapist, Language and Montessori teacher. She worked as a group facilitator with a special interest more »