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Darlington Arts Festival organisers issue 'get involved' plea
BIG PLANS: Darlington Arts Festival committee members, from left: Yvonne Preston, John Dean and Jo Land
THE organisers of a successful arts festival are appealing for groups, performers and businesses to take part in next year’s event.
Running through April and May next year, the second annual Darlington Arts Festival will run at a range of venues across the borough and will again be co-ordinated by Darlington for Culture (DfC), the group which speaks for arts and culture in the area.
This year’s inaugural event, in May, featured more than 80 events, including everything from film, music and dance to literature and art exhibitions.
Planning is well under way for the 2014 festival.
DfC chairman John Dean said: “The inaugural festival brought a real buzz to the town and next year’s event will, I am sure, do the same.
“Already, we are hearing of some exciting ideas, details of which will be released in due course. We would love to hear about more and urge people to get in touch with their ideas.”
In addition to appealing for artists, venues and groups to come forward with their ideas, DfC has also appealed for retailers and businesses in the town to support the festival.
Yvonne Preston, a DfC committee member and the festival’s artistic director, said: “This is an excellent chance for shops and other retailers to join the event and bring extra attention to themselves in the process.
“We would like to hear from businesses who can offer space for exhibitions of artwork during May or perhaps accommodate an artist or creative worker, maybe for a day or throughout the month.
“We can put businesses in touch with artists awaiting your offer. We’d also like to hear from artists with ideas for something they could do along these lines.”
DfC committee member Jo Land, owner of Café Create, in Parkgate, who organised the literary element of the festival, said: “After the closure of the Arts Centre, there was much uncertainty about the future of the Arts in Darlington.
“This year's festival acted as a real turning point for our arts community, pointing the way forward and bringing artists together. Next year's festival will show that we can build on our success.”
The festival will include a month-long literary festival based at Café Create and other venues, featuring readings and writing workshops.
There will also be arts-based events involving a wide range of artists, a film festival to be hosted by Darlington Film Club, which is based at the Forum in Borough Road and a series of music events Anyone wishing to run events during the festival or offer support is asked to contact Darlington for Culture at email@example.com, giving details of what kind of an event they would like to run in May.
For more information, visit darlingtonforculture.org
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