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Darlington Civic Theatre is a beautiful Edwardian theatre, rooted in the local community and is the jewel in Darlington's crown.

 Civic Theatre, Darlington Civic Theatre, Darlington

The Theatre offers a varied programme of the highest quality theatre, opera, comedy, music and dance touring nationally, as well as its much-loved annual family pantomime.
Visit our website www.darlingtoncivic.co.uk  for information on the shows coming to Darlington this season and to book online. 

There are plenty of other ways you can get involved ;at the Civic Theatre full details on the website. Any budding young performers can join our ArtsSpark Youth Theatre and Youth Dance classes.
If you can't find the information you are looking for on our website, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01325 486555 - we are always happy to help!
We look forward to welcoming you soon to Darlington Civic Theatre!

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Creative Darlington was formed following an Arts Enquiry in 2011 which looked at future development of the arts in Darlington.  The Enquiry identified the need for a strategic arts function. Darlington Borough Council and Darlington Partnership offered support to form Creative Darlington. Creative Darlington's board, which includes representation from arts organisations, businesses, Darlington for Culture, higher education and the health sector, first met in 2012.

Creative Darlington's vision is shown below.

Looking forward to 2020 and beyond:

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

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The vision is underpinned by the principles that the arts belong to and should be available to everyone, that they should bring people together and that they should champion inclusion and social cohesion. Our vision values artistic excellence, by which we mean striving to be the best of which we are collectively capable. Our remit includes three aspects of arts development and programming, shown below;

1.      Encouraging a broad and diverse arts offer, responding inclusively to the wide-ranging interests and needs across the borough.
2.      Reinforcing the specialist practice in children and young people’s arts, with emphasis on the performing arts; this specialism will be a beacon, as it is now, attracting national recognition to the arts in Darlington.
3.      Darlington will be a creative place in which artists, arts producers and creative businesses can flourish.

Since 2012 Creative Darlington has supported Darlington based activity within national campaigns, like the Big Draw, supported the development of and activity within Crown Street Art Gallery and The Bridge Centre for Visual Arts, managed the Borough (Art) Collection, supported Openart Studio activity and the development of Darlington Art Festival in May 2013 and The Festival of Thrift in September 2013.

Creative Darlington's current priorities are brokering finance for the arts in Darlington from different sources, developing the sustainable operation of Darlington's arts assets including arts organisations and arts venues and developing audiences for the arts in Darlington.

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“Darlington Partnership: bringing together all those who are committed to achieve the best for Darlington and its people.”

Darlington Partnership grew out of the Employers’ Forum, formed in 1992 by Darlington’s M.P. and the Leader of the Council to engage and work with the main private sector companies in Darlington. The forum was renamed and launched by Tony Blair as Darlington Partnership in 1997. Recognised by government as a model of good practice It has expanded, under the chairmanship of Alasdair MacConachie, to include broader representation from the public, community and voluntary sectors.  

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Darlington Partnership has two purposes: 
  to agree what the major issues and opportunities are for Darlington.
  to ensure action is being taken to address them.
The Partnership has no resources of its own and relies on the people and the organisations involved with it to take the actions needed to achieve its goals. The Partnership has a long term vision called ‘One Darlington Perfectly Placed’.  At regular intervals partners commit to plans for how the vision can be achieved. In addition, when the Partnership identifies an urgent problem or opportunities it issues an immediate call to action.

The value of the Partnership is that so much more can be achieved when everyone is focused on the same objective and is prepared to work together. The Partnership strives to involve as many people as possible from the community and the private, public and voluntary sectors who share the ambition of the best possible future for Darlington.

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Distinct Darlington Ltd

“Distinct Darlington Ltd are the Business Improvement District (BID) company for Darlington Town Centre. Businesses in Darlington have voted to improve the town centre and develop their business environment through the projects outlined in the BID business plan. As a result of the success of these projects, Distinct Darlington aim to increase footfall in the town, while also making it cleaner and safer and more welcoming for all.”

Distinct Darlington Ltd

A BID is a business controlled initiative which gives local businesses the power to raise funds locally, to be spent locally with the aim of increasing footfall in the area, leading to an increase in business performance and an improvement in the overall look and feel of the town centre. Projects undertaken by BIDs are outlined after consultation with businesses to determine what they want from the town centre and ultimately to encourage more visitors and shoppers into the town centre, making Darlington a nicer place to spend time.

Fundamentally, BIDs are of great benefit to visitors of towns that participate in these schemes. The reason for this is because BIDs improve the quality of town centres and what they have to offer. Ideally, when you visit a town with a BID, you will be met with superior retail, eating and leisure opportunities. BIDs not only help businesses, but people as well – they’re great for everyone.

Darlington is a great town with so much to offer, with an eclectic mix of independent shops, restaurants, bars and commercial businesses, alongside diverse national brands known and loved by everyone.

By securing a guaranteed level of funding to promote and improve Darlington Town Centre, we can attract more shoppers, visitors and inward investment, making us better prepared to face our competition. A number of different projects have been planned for the five-year duration of the Darlington Town Centre BID. More information relating to the future improvement of Darlington can be found in the What We Do section.

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