I am Media Officer of arts organisation Darlington for Culture. Go to www.darlingtonforculture.org to find out more. 

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I am to be a board member of Darlington for Culture, the community benefit society being set up to help run arts events at the arts centre.

Darlington for Culture (DfC), which was set up late last year to help save Darlington Arts Centre, has started work on a planning a programme of events at the Vane Terrace building.

Darlington Borough Council, which owns the centre, has agreed that DfC, whose supporters come from community and arts groups across the borough, can stage some of the events at the Arts Centre on Monday and Tuesdays. Arts and community groups will not be charged for hiring rooms but will need to demonstrate that events can generate income and run them themselves.

DfC held a programming meeting at the Centre on the evening of April 14 and groups started putting together a programme including events for writers and readers, film enthusiasts, lovers of music and followers of crafts. DfC has also established a working group with the areas visual artists to see how they can stage events at the centre

Paul Harman, DfC Chair, said: “Things are really taking shape now. We have been working with a number of very committed individuals and groups to put together an arts programme. It has been very encouraging and we hope to announce the programme within the next few weeks. These are exciting times. The programme has not been finalised yet and DfC is keen to hear from other groups with ideas for events at the centre.

DfC was established after the council announced late last year that budget cuts meant that it would have to withdraw its subsidy from the Arts Centre. It was feared that the decision would mean the closure of the Vane Terrace centre but it has been given a stay of execution by the council until at least April next year.

If you wish to find out more about arranging an event, contact Paul Harman, Chair DfC: 01325 483259



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