Calling all creative practitioners, Darlington Arts Festival 2019 takes place from Friday 17th May to Monday 20th May. Darlington for Culture (DfC) co-ordinates the festival each year and, now in its seventh year, the festival will again be staged in venues across the town centre and will highlight a range of cultural activities and events to support and promote the arts in Darlington.

DfC aims to help the arts scene thrive even more in 2019 and is encouraging local arts organisations to show off what is available in and around town. If you have arts events planned for those dates, whether music, visual art or other cultural and creative activities, then please contact DfC to be included in the Arts Festival programme or the Writers Festival running in parallel. Alternatively, if you would like to organise an event specially for the festival, DfC has a small number of grants available of up to £250 and would be happy to assist new ventures. Contact Darlington for Culture with your idea to discuss it further. Visit the website for more information.

The festival’s theme is ‘Follow Your Art’ and it aims to highlight the wide variety of creative activities available for people to get involved in alongside the creative groups that offer those opportunities. The festival will be a snapshot of different types of arts activities that take place all year round but will focus on encouraging people to try something new; from watching bands and plays they don’t know, to joining a music group or choir, learning to dance or finally starting to write that novel.

This year, the festival welcomes the addition of a performance space in the Market Hall – called “Spotlight on…” – which provides groups with the opportunity to promote their events and attract new members.

The festival team are accepting applications until 18th March 2019, email for more information.

When applying, please include your name and organisation name (if applicable), and the following information about your event(s):


Event details: [up to 150 words]

Date and times:


Price: [including any age restrictions]

Contact: [website and/or phone number, booking information]

If you are interested in booking a time for “Spotlight on…” in the Market Hall performance space, then please state this in your application.

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