Powerful backing for libraries campaign

The editorial in The Northern Echo on Monday (February 31) has backed the idea that Darlington Borough Council does not press ahead with scaling back the library service before considering all other options, something we have also been calling for. In addition a number of big name authors have backed the campaign, including best-selling crime more »

Council answers raise further concern about cuts

Darlington for Culture recently sent a series of questions to Darlington Borough Council in relation to the proposed cuts, as part of our campaign to see greater transparency in the process and to call for more time for Another Way to be considered. These are the questions: the answers are in the word file attached more »

Large turnout for protest

Approaching one thousand people supported Darlington for Culture’s street protest to voice their anger against plans to close Crown Street Library, Cockerton Library and the mobile library service as part of borough council cutbacks. DfC, which says the closure decision should be delayed by the council to allow a more considered approach involving the wider more »

DfC issues strongly worded statement on cuts

The committee of Darlington for Culture met tonight (Friday Feb 5) to discuss Darlington Borough Council’s budget proposals and the damage they will do to the social cohesion of the town. We are outraged by the Government’s swingeing spending settlement and are throwing our full support behind The Northern Echo’s online petition to call for more »

Cuts campaign gathers pace

Darlington for Culture has reacted with dismay to the proposed cuts announced today by Darlington Borough Council (key points have this morning been reported by The Northern Echo), including the proposal to close both Crown Street and Cockerton Libraries with a new ‘library’ being created in the Dolphin Centre, and to withdraw the mobile library more »

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Open mic showcases exciting writing

The Open Mic nights for authors will continue on Thursday April 27 at the beginning of Darlington Arts Festival. The nights, supported by Darlington for Culture and which offer a forum for writers to read their material and audiences to enjoy it, run at Voodoo Café/Cantina, 84 Skinnergate, Darlington, on the last Thursday of the more »

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Time to get knitting!

A reminder that the Knitting Cafe holds Monday night sessions. The sessions introduce people to knitting, and are also for experienced exponents. For more information, contact Becky on 07550002773

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Getting into the swing of things

Transport yourself back to the swinging world of the 1940s and learn the dance sensations that took the era by storm. 6th Street Swing are a group of local swing dancers keen to encourage more people to take up this fun and sociable partnered dance style. We run informal beginners classes weekly as well as more »

Darlington for Culture marks fifth anniversary

Darlington for Culture (DfC), which support arts and culture in the borough, marked its fifth anniversary at its Annual General Meeting. The organisation was formed in 2010 to fight to save Darlington Arts Centre, which was under threat from borough council budget cuts. DfC led the two-year campaign but it ended in disappointment in July more »