Festival Fortnight 2018 – listing

The sixth annual Darlington Arts Festival takes place from Saturday 19 May to Sunday 3 June

As ever, it showcases events ranging from visual arts and literature to live music; this year it also celebrates the Centenary of Votes for Women, with a one-day event on 21st May

Events are listed by subject and date order

Click on text in the event column for details



Date Event – click for details Organiser Venue
19 May NERA meeting NERA Head of Steam
21 May Events to commemorate 100th anniversary
of Votes for Women – featuring Vane Women
National Council of Women The Hullabaloo
3 June End of Festival



Date__________ Event – click for details Organiser Venue
19 May John Hackett Band Gasto Promotions Forum Music Centre
20 May Mass Dance Darlington Dance Festival Association Market Place
20 May Soapbox Sessions Hosted by Dave Saunders Hole In The Wall
23 May After-school song session Forum Music Centre Forum Music Centre
24 May Singers, musicians and poets night Darlington Folk Club The Copper Beech
26 May Gilbert & Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore Darlington Choral Society St Cuthbert’s Parish Centre
2 June ‘We’re All Going on a Summer Holiday’ Take4 Clarinet Quartet and
Helen Winthorpe Kendrick
St Andrew’s Church
2 June Six-In-A-Bar Darlington New Orleans
Jazz Club
St. Augustine’s Parish Centre
3 June Music Box Tracks, Butterfly Effect Recs, Fifth Arch Brewing Co Hash Bar, Hole In The Wall, Avalon



Date ______ Event – click for details Organiser Venue
24 May Lee Kyle: Folly Hilarity Bites Old English Gentleman
29 May Belly Giggles (Ages 7+)  Jan Connor The Forum
30 May Barbara Nice: Raffle  Lakin McCarthy The Hullabaloo
2 June Hilarity Bites Comedy Club Hilarity Bites The Forum
3 June Ruby Wax: Frazzled Darlington Hippodrome



Date_____ Event – click for details Organiser Venue
19 May Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde Touring Consortium Theatre Company Darlington Hippodrome
21 May Suffragette Darlington Film Club Forum Music Centre
22 and 23 May Great Expectations Hogarth Partnership Crown Street Gallery
24 and 25 May Under Milk Wood Green Theatre Crown Street Gallery
28 May to 2 June Thriller Live Darlington Hippodrome
1 and 2 June ‘night, Mother Applause Theatre Crown Street Gallery
1-2 June Whatever the Weather (Ages 3+) M6 Theatre Company with Polka Theatre The Hullabaloo



Date Event – click for details Organiser/presenter Venue
26 May
Write What You Know – Getting
Started with Non-fiction
Gemma Venn Friends Meeting House
9am-11am Creative Writing – workshop Vane Women Elm Room, Friends Meeting House
9.30am-11am First Pages Surgery Tracey Iceton Institute, Friends Meeting House
11am-12.30pm Writing for Community – workshop Susan Chapman Friends Meeting House
11am-12.30pm Poetry Speed Dating – workshop Durham/Tees Valley Stanza group Institute, Friends Meeting House
11am-1pm Story Time Drake’s Bookshop Friends Meeting House
12.30pm-2pm Plotting a Short Story Peter King Friends Meeting House
12.30pm-2pm Make a Mark with Your Memories Helen Anderson Institute, Friends Meeting House
1.30pm-3pm Britain’s Seaside Pleasure Piers Chris Foote Wood Crown Street Gallery
2pm-3pm How to Self-Publish a Book Online Michael Jarvie Institute, Friends Meeting House
2pm-4pm Pen Power – workshop Natalie Scott Friends Meeting House
2.30pm-5pm ‘Would You Believe It’: script readings No Name Theatre Company Elm Room, Friends Meeting House
3pm-4pm Poetry Reading Vane Women Institute, Friends Meeting House
4pm-5pm A scream in the night – talk John Dean Friends Meeting House
4pm-5pm Reading event – poetry and prose Bennett House Writers Institute, Friends Meeting House
5pm-6pm Reading – The Synthetic Narrative of the LILS John S Rutherford Friends Meeting House
5pm-6pm Book launch Inkerman Writers Friends Meeting House
5pm-6pm Reading – From Cop to Killer Andy Coward Institute, Friends Meeting House
6pm-7.30pm Rare Birds – Voices of Holloway Prison Presentation Natalie Scott and Tees Women Poets Friends Meeting House
6pm-7pm Author’s question time Tracey Iceton Friends Meeting House
8pm-10pm Celebrating achievement – open mic MC: Tracey Iceton Elm Room, Friends Meeting House
30 May Young Writers Creative Workshop Tracey Iceton Cockerton Library
30 May Vane Women Tell Her Story Vane Women Crown Street Gallery
31 May Open Mic for Writers DfC Hash Bar
2 June The Wit and Wisdom of Victoria Wood Chris Foote Wood Crown Street Gallery



Date Event – click for details Organiser Venue
19 May Hand Coiled Pots – exhibition Kolbe and Pam Bassington Friends Meeting House
19 May to 5 July Different Facets – exhibition Alison Hill Crown Street Art Gallery
19 May to 6 July Thangka art exhibition Adam Plumb Darlington Town Hall
19 May to 8 July Posters Exhibition Head of Steam Head of Steam
20 May Lust For Life Drawing – the family session LFLD Friends Meeting House
29 May to 1 June Family Arts and Crafts Head of Steam Head of Steam

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