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Summer in the City 2019

Summer in the City Festival 2019 brought together three programmes of work: The Art programme, Durham Student Theatre and Durham Student Music. Each strand produced a programme of events throughout June. Durham Student Theatre and Durham Student Music have large established festivals of work produced every summer by students. The art programme previously known as Art Durham brings together exhibitions, talks, screenings and workshops.


The arts programme was a platform for visual arts across the city taking place in museums, public spaces, community spaces and colleges. The programme comprised of exhibitions, tours, film screenings, workshops and talks for all ages. Featuring international, national and regional artists. Most of the art programme was free to attend.

In 2019

  • Visitors participated in exhibitions and events in 25 different locations across the city

  • Over 19,000 visitors attended events

  • University students volunteered as part of the festival, as tour guides, festival stewards and assisting with exhibition installations

  • The visual arts programme showcased 7 exhibitions, 10 events and 17 workshops

  • The music programme featured 18 concerts and events

  • The theatre programme showcased 6 workshops and 30 shows

  • A high percentage of the total festival budget was invested directly back into the Northeast economy through artist fees or use of local suppliers