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Students launch Durham Festival of the Arts 2017

(25 May 2017)

Durham Festival of the Arts (DFoA) is an exciting three-week festival running from 2  - 23 June. Now in its third year, and with over 30 unique events and around 300 individuals actively involved, the 2017 festival is set to be the biggest yet.

The festival, organised by students from the University’s Music Durham and Durham Student Theatre (DST) societies, promises a dazzling array of events, from concerts and masterclasses, plays to photography exhibitions, and so much more. Festival events will takes place across some of the city’s most iconic venues, including Durham Castle, Durham Cathedral, The Gala and The Assembly Rooms Theatre.

Best of British

This year’s programme features a number of exciting concerts from Durham’s talented student performers. Opening the festival on Friday 2 June is ‘Land of Hope and Glory’, a celebration of British music to be held in Durham Cathedral. The concert brings together all the major Durham ensembles including orchestras, Big Band and choirs, to perform hit British music from The Beatles, Coldplay and Elgar, as well a rousing chorus of Jerusalem.

Performances aound the City

On Saturday 3 June Visitors to the World Heritage Site can enjoy ‘Arts on the Green’, an afternoon of live music performed on Palace Green, with wandering actors who will create an immersive experience. 

The Great Hall of Durham Castle is the venue for another musical highlight, ‘Around the World in 80 Minutes’ will take the audience on a whirlwind tour of the globe, in a concert celebrating music from the four corners of world.

Canterbury Tales

Not to be missed is a re-telling of ‘The Canterbury Tales’, this major DST production in the Gala Theatre in which, under the sardonic eye of Chaucer himself, pilgrims recount tales to entertain their companions on the road to Canterbury.

Over the three weeks of the festival The Assembly Rooms Theatre will host a series of performances from various student theatre companies, including ‘Joseph K’, the musical ‘Zanna, Don’t!’ and the classic British Comedy, ‘Blackadder III’.

Music Durham and Durham Student Theatre are looking forward to welcoming audiences and visitors to Durham. Tickets will be available from the online Box Office on the festival website