Darlington for Culture (DfC) is seeking to hear from arts groups, venues, performers and businesses who would like to showcase themselves in the sixth Darlington Arts Festival.

The festival, again to be staged at a wide range of venues across the borough, is being co-ordinated by DfC, the group which speaks for arts and culture in the area. Limited funding will be available for some events.

Planning is well under way for the 2018 festival, which will include a wide range of activities, taking in everything from music and art to literature and film.

The Festival will start on May 19, 2018, and finish on June 3. As well as including regular events taking place during the two weeks, DfC would like to encourage groups to put on a one-off event to give the Festival a more celebratory feel.

DfC Chair Jo Potter said: “Planning is now well under way for Darlington’s sixth Arts Festival and our Festival Co-ordinator Jane Hindle is keen to hear from people with any proposal for an event that would benefit from inclusion and promotion under the Festival banner.

“I look forward to another exciting Festival and urge all artists and performers to take this opportunity to showcase their talent.”

Jane Hindle said: “I’m looking forward to working with the many artists, performers and groups taking part in the Festival and welcoming newcomers to join in the celebrations.”

Darlington for Culture is pleased to be able to offer three grants of up to £500 for proposals for new events to be included in the Festival. Those interested should contact Stephen Wiper of Festival supporter Creative Darlington (stephen.wiper@darlington.gov.uk) for application details

  • You can find out more, or suggest an event, by contacting darlo4culture@gmail.com by February 1, 2018.

Other festival supporters include
Resilient Business Systems
Ephemeral Web Design
Forum Music Centre, run by Humantics

Calling all writers
This year, Darlington for Culture is planning a full day to celebrate the achievement of local writers and offer new poets, playwrights, novelists etc the chance to develop their craft as part of Darlington Arts Festival 2018.

To this end we have hired the Friends Meeting House on Skinnergate from 10am-10pm on Saturday, 26th May. DfC are paying for the hire in order to offer local writers and writing groups the chance to run events without concerns about cost.

Literary day organiser Tracey Iceton now has 12 hours to fill at the venue so if you have an idea for an event please contact her on traceyiceton@hotmail.co.uk

She is particularly looking for author readings/performances of published work, author talks/Q&As (about any aspect of your craft e.g. the writing process, the finished product, the route to publication etc.) and for workshops/masterclasses that will help those new to writing to get started or to develop their own creative practice but she will consider any suggestions. It will be up to you whether you charge for your event.

Also, do let her know if you have an event you would like to run at an alternative venue during the rest of the festival period (May 19-June 3).