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Creative Darlington

Creative Darlington

We began Creative Darlington in 2012.

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Our vision

Darlington will be a place in 2026 and beyond where culture:

  • enriches lives
  • involves people
  • is central to identity and prosperity


Our current priorities

  • to celebrate Darlington’s contribution to the birth of the modern passenger railway
  • for Darlington to have an accessible, diverse, and vibrant culture to encourage economic growth
  • for Darlington to champion engagement with culture, particularly amongst children and young people
  • for culture to thrive within Darlington attract visitors to the Town Centre
  • for Darlington to have a thriving theatre offer that involves people of all ages

We also manage:


Who we work with

  • artists
  • curators
  • producers
  • other creative people

Plus creative enterprises and organisations who make good things happen and are interested in culture, heritage, or both, in Darlington borough.

Darlington Theatre Town

In 2017/18 we supported programmes like Darlington Theatre Town.

It included a four day Pop-Up Theatre Town programme in Darlington market place, from 5 – 8 October 2017.


I'm Never Gonna Stop

OAE Music & Film project, Darlington Orchestras Live.


In 2018/19 we supported a partnership project involving:

  • the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE)
  • Darlington Hippodrome
  • Durham & Darlington Music Hub
  • Orchestras Live

The OAE delivered a creative film composition project.

In the film, young musicians from Wyvern Academy, Darlington, composed a live musical soundtrack for a short film.

The film was shown alongside their live performance at The Hullabaloo on Monday 10 September 2018.


Contact us

Stephen Wiper, Creative Darlington Manager.

Darlington Borough Council
Darlington Library
Crown Street
Darlington DL1 1ND

Creative Darlington wants to work with partners in Tees Valley, the North East, across the nation and abroad on projects and proposals which engage and offer opportunities to people in Darlington borough.

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