ArtsFest: A scream in the night – talk

Crime writer John Dean, the creator of the DCI John Blizzard and DCI Jack Harris series, who has had 16 novels published and is currently with The Book Folks of London, talks about where his ideas come from. Price: Free event, no booking required Place: Library Room at Friends Meeting House, Skinnergate Date and time: more »

ArtsFest: Jake Howard – From Cop to Killer

In this event Andy Coward, who writes as Jake Howard will talk about his love of crime detection over a 30-year police career and his current love of writing crime novels. There will be a reading from his first crime novel, The Killing Barn (Amazon 4.7/5 star reviews) followed by a Q&A. This will be more »

ArtsFest: Mass Dance 2018 Express yourself!

Darlington Dance Festival Mass Dance 2018 – Express yourself! for mental health – takes place on Sunday 20th May from 1pm. This year’s theme is promoting mental health and wellbeing. The event brings local dance schools and community groups together to perform one mass dance choreographed by Debbie Harbin of the D project and Darrien more »

ArtsFest: NERA meeting

‘A Creative Tourist eclipses the Scout Cruise’ Sam Woods presents three short talks in his engaging and thought-provoking style covering the CTAC Scottish Tours Express which ran through the North East, some of the LNER’s arrangements to handle the huge influx of passenger traffic prompted by the solar eclipse of 1927 and a pre-War Cruise more »

ArtsFest: Vintage Vehicle Rally

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 and juggling and balloon making. Price: £2 for adults, £1 for children, under 5s are free and family members go free Place: Museum Gardens and more »

ArtsFest: Hand Coiled Pots exhibition

This one-day exhibition displays work by Kolbe and Pam Bassington. 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 in 2012. She has exhibited in Cork Street and had her digital image projected onto various buildings in London, as a more »

ArtsFest: Would You Believe It – script readings

Following their highly successful 2017 debut at the Darlington Arts Festival, No Name Theatre Company presents ‘Would You Believe It’. Three play-script readings exploring the improbable, the surprising and the otherworldly. Play one ‘On your doorstep’: everyday village life can abound with gossip and assumptions, but it can also throw up some surprises. Play two more »

ArtsFest: After-school song session

The Forum’s Song Club Sessions take place each Wednesday evening for 25 weeks. Run by The Forum staff Chris Davison and Matt Eland, supported by vocal coach Hayley Mackay, these sessions are for 12- to 17-year-olds and include training and experience in a number of areas such as recording, singing, sound engineer, stage set up more »