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Taking place from Friday 17th until Monday 20th May, the annual Darlington Arts Festival’s seventh outing will see a host of talented creators and innovators showcase their skills across the town. Representing film, music, theatre, visual arts and creative writing, the programme will also see workshops and guided walks take place.

Highlights include the Noisy Daughters’ vinyl launch (see our News section for more info) at Voodoo Café on Friday 17th and there’s more live music on Saturday 18th when American pianist Jeff Barnhart celebrates New Orleans jazz at St Augustine’s Parish Church.

Those interested in stretching their creative juices can get involved in numerous poetry and writers’ workshops, and there’s an opportunity to read their work at Hash bar on Sunday 19th. For younger audiences, there’s comedy and theatre shows galore for children and families throughout the weekend.

Throughout the festival weekend, an exhibition of vintage posters will be on display at Darlington Hippodrome; Darlington Mind Art and Creative Crafts present a group exhibition at The Town Hall on Friday 17th and Monday 20th; there’s an exhibition of ‘unseen beautiful’ photographs on display at Crown Street Gallery, displaying differing perspectives of the town’s surroundings on Saturday 18th and Monday 20th; The Northern Echo’s Chris Lloyd will lead a guided walk delving into the town’s poets, painters, performers and public art on Saturday 18th; and in an unusual lecture, food historian Tasha Marks talks about her passion for food as an artistic medium at The Blackwell Grange Hotel on Monday 20th. Rounding the programme off will be a screening of Florence Foster Jenkins, courtesy of Darlington Film Club, at The Forum.


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