Arts, culture and heritage

The vision:

Darlington will be a place where art happens, where the arts, culture and heritage matter and are central to Darlington’s future identity and economic success.

Telling and re-telling the story of Darlington’s arts, culture and heritage in ways that engage, inspire and reveal the assets. Darlington is recognised on a national and global platform for the breadth of cultural and historic assets we hold including the birth of steam powered passenger railways, theatre town with range of lovely and distinct venues, festivals and events, cinema, comedy, live music in pub venues and restaurants.

How

    • Update Darlington's Cultural Strategy
    • By building on Darlington's reputation as the birth of the railways to provide a distinctive, improved experience to attract visitors.
    • Telling and re-telling the story of Darlington’s arts, culture and heritage in ways that engage, inspire and reveal the assets to new audiences. 
    • Darlington to be recognised within the Tees Valley and wider as a theatre town, where pioneering organisations and programmes and much loved assets, including Theatre Hullabaloo, the Jabberwocky Market and the Civic Theatre/Hippodrome develop their practice.
    • To work alongside partners to develop a strong and successful proposal for Tees Valley as UK City of Culture in 2025 and to actively contribute to the aims of the Case for Culture for the North East
    • Maximise on the opportunities the 2025 bicentenary of passenger rail in 2025,  creating a lasting legacy which helps establish Darlington for its breadth of cultural, art and historic assets.
    • Encourage broad engagement in arts making positive contribution to social inclusion and the community plan.

Experience Darlington Strategy [pdf document] Culture Strategy [pdf document] Experience Darlington Survey [external link]

If you have any additional information you would like to submit please email experiencedarlington@darlington.gov.uk