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Celebrating 50 years of friendship
Published June 14, 2019 12.40pm
An evening of live music marked five decades of friendship between County Durham and its German twin town.
Festival outreach project explores the benefits of music for people living with dementia
Published June 14, 2019 10.43am
The power of music to evoke memories is at the heart of a community arts project bringing together young performers and people living with dementia.
Festival dishes out foodie fun by the sea to thousands
Published June 10, 2019 10.11am
Almost 15,000 people headed to the first Seaham Food Festival yesterday (Sunday).
Seaham Food Festival to go ahead today
Published June 09, 2019 6.00am
We are delighted to confirm Seaham Food Festival will take place today (Sunday).
Seaham Food Festival Saturday cancelled - will go ahead tomorrow
Published June 08, 2019 10.48am
Organisers of Seaham Food Festival have taken the very difficult decision to cancel today's events due to the horrendous weather.
Radio host unveiled as regional ambassador for Vélo North
Published June 07, 2019 1.00pm
To coincide with the official route announcement, organisers of Vélo North have unveiled the 'Voice of the North', BBC Newcastle's Alfie Joey, as the official regional ambassador for the event.
Pupils set to perform in harmony with special German guest
Published June 07, 2019 10.07am
Children from four County Durham primary schools are tuning up to accompany a professional musician at a special celebration of German culture this month.
Plan your journey ahead of town's first food festival
Published June 06, 2019 10.59am
As Seaham gets set to host its first food festival this weekend, visitors are being encouraged to plan their journeys in advance.
Partnership work is key to ensuring County Durham thrives
Published June 04, 2019 4.35pm
Councillors will be updated on key initiatives being carried out by partners across County Durham when they meet next week.
Seaham businesses support town's first food festival
Published June 03, 2019 10.51am
Businesses in Seaham are backing a new food festival which is set to attract thousands of people to the seaside town this weekend.
Call for volunteers to make Durham shine as Lumiere returns
Published May 31, 2019 11.15am
The UK's largest light festival is set to return with shining splendour this November, and organisers are calling for people to be part of it.
Cheers! To 50 years of friendship
Published May 29, 2019 9.50am
Celebrations to mark five decades of partnership between County Durham and its German twin town will take place next month, with an evening of free entertainment.
Get crafty this half-term at your local library
Published May 24, 2019 11.29am
Durham County Council libraries will be hosting craft sessions to round off the half term holidays.
Artichoke announces winning 'BRILLIANT' artworks for Lumiere Durham 2019
Published May 24, 2019 10.24am
Four locals will see their bright ideas brought to life for Lumiere Durham this November as part of Artichoke's BRILLIANT competition.
Festival's secret launch gig celebrates 1990s dance scene
Published May 20, 2019 10.35am
Relive the diehard days of dance music at a top-secret location when one of the region's most eclectic festivals returns this summer.
Durham University to support 10th anniversary edition of Lumiere light festival
Published May 09, 2019 12.17pm
Durham University is to be a major partner of the tenth anniversary edition of Lumiere, when the UK's biggest light festival returns to Durham later this year.
Paula Radcliffe's new family athletics event to make global debut in Durham
Published March 28, 2019 4.40pm
A new concept that encourages families to exercise together will make its global debut in the North East this summer.
Apollo 50: Hundreds turn out in Peterlee to see Apollo Pavilion in a new light as 50th anniversary celebrations lift off
Published March 26, 2019 11.04am
More than 1500 people experienced a taste of Lumiere in Peterlee over the weekend as Victor Pasmore's iconic Apollo Pavilion was transformed by light artists Mader Wiermann in the launch event of a year of celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the landmark structure.
It's official! UK's largest light festival 10th anniversary spectacular will Help Durham Shine
Published July 11, 2018 1.19pm
Durham will host its most ambitious ever Lumiere light festival in 2019, featuring a selection of some favourites from the past decade of festivals.