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Year of Wonders at Gala Theatre
Published June 19, 2018 1.24pm
An adaptation of a popular novel inspired by true events is coming to Gala at the end of the month.
Surrealist photographer focus of new Gala Gallery exhibition
Published June 19, 2018 11.08am
A surrealist photographer renowned for challenging the status quo will be the focus of a new exhibition at the Gala Gallery.
Going underground for dance performance
Published June 19, 2018 8.40am
A Victorian lead mine will be the unusual venue for an underground theatre performance next week.
Interactive exhibition comes to Bishop Auckland Town Hall
Published June 18, 2018 1.53pm
A County Durham artist is bringing two colourful installations to Bishop Auckland Town Hall in a new exhibition this summer.
Students showcase their talents in Song for Europe contest
Published June 15, 2018 1.25pm
Children from across the North East joined together for a special version of the Eurovision Song Contest this week where they put their foreign language skills to the test.
Help build children's water confidence with free activity sessions
Published June 06, 2018 12.36pm
Free classes to help children increase their confidence in water are being offered in a number of County Durham leisure centres over the next few weeks.
Artwork celebrating County Durham unveiled
Published June 04, 2018 12.49pm
A giant artwork made up of four images of iconic County Durham landscapes has been brought together for the first time.
Powerful play tackling domestic abuse comes to Gala
Published May 30, 2018 9.19am
A play based on the real life testimonies of victims of coercive control is coming to Gala today.
Improve your health and wellbeing with Walk Durham
Published May 23, 2018 3.02pm
With the weather finally warming up, there's never been a better time to get outside and enjoy a walk in our wonderful county.
Birdsong actors visit Durham County Record Office
Published May 23, 2018 9.00am
Two actors taking part in a poignant play set during the First World War have been learning about soldiers from County Durham.
Free bike repair station installed at Freeman's Quay
Published May 03, 2018 10.26am
A new bike repair station has been installed at a Durham City leisure centre.
Transgender show promises laughs as it comes to Bishop Auckland Town Hall
Published May 01, 2018 10.11am
A new autobiographical play which takes a satirical look at transgender issues is coming to Bishop Auckland this weekend.
401 marathon man inspires novice to tackle city run for suicide prevention charity
Published April 25, 2018 3.09pm
Ben Smith, who transformed his life through running and completed 401 marathons in 401 days to raise money for anti-bullying charities, has signed up to run this year's Prince Bishops Durham City Run in July.
Summer programme at Gala Theatre
Published April 20, 2018 2.56pm
A poignant play marking the 100th anniversary of the First World War, a family musical with a twist and a spectacular showcase from two Strictly stars are part of a packed summer programme at Durham's Gala Theatre.
New book tells stories of life in Weardale
Published April 05, 2018 9.15am
Stories of life in Weardale captured by local schoolchildren are told in a new book.
Muddy Mayhem set to return in September
Published February 06, 2018 12.50pm
Thrill seeking early birds are invited to sign up to take on the dirtiest of challenges as Muddy Mayhem returns.
New season programme announced for Gala Theatre
Published December 14, 2017 9.52am
A new production of Alan Bennett's Talking Heads is just one of the highlights of the spring programme at the Gala Theatre.
Lumiere 2017 in Durham closes on a high note as festival organisers Artichoke redraw the city in light
Published November 20, 2017 10.17am
Organisers declared Lumiere a resounding success as the fifth Lumiere festival in Durham drew to a close last night, Sunday 19 November 2017 at 11.00pm.
Full programme announced for Lumiere
Published October 16, 2017 4.47pm
Programme information for Lumiere 2017, running from Thursday 16 until Sunday 19 November 2017, 4:30pm until 11.00pm.
Artichoke announces ticketing information for this year's Lumiere festival, 16-19 November
Published October 05, 2017 6.58pm
With excitement growing following last month's sneak preview of the sparkling Lumiere line-up this year, Artichoke has announced plans for ticket availability for the fifth Lumiere festival, 16-19 November.