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Durham’s art, music and theatre festival Summer in the City ordinarily takes over venues in Durham throughout June. Having moved their content online, the programme has become even more varied, providing unique performance and creative events for anyone to enjoy no matter where they’re located.

Taking place until the end of June, and remaining online once the festival has ended, organisers are hoping to engage more people than ever before in the cultural delights on offer in Durham. The Onstage: Online programme supported local theatre makers to create work during lockdown, while Monday night open mic slots showcase local musicians on the Music Durham Virtual Open Mic Facebook page.

There’s plenty still to come, including a diverse range of workshops at which visitors can learn poetry, design, claymation techniques, songwriting and storytelling. SitC has also commissioned artists from across the North East to create short films in response to notions of home and lockdown, which will be shown during the festival. The Conversations in Quarantine Q&As are particularly insightful, providing a glimpse into the lives and work of local practitioners including Alphabetti Theatre’s Ali Pritchard and Ugly Bucket theatre. A variety of art exhibitions are available to view online, featuring work by regional artists, with many interactive elements including an opportunity to contribute to the Post Art project, in which artists create original postcard-sized artwork and send them to other artists and those needing a morale boost.

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