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Our June programme of performing arts

(25 May 2021)

Our talented students are looking forward to the loosening of lockdown restrictions and launching three weeks of Covid safe entertainment for everyone to enjoy. Plans are underway to erect a festival-style marquee on the city’s Racecourse, to host a variety of performing arts events and activities from Saturday 5 – Friday 25 June.

In a year where the performing arts and cultural communities have been devastated by Covid, ‘The Tent on the Racecourse’ marquee will be a hub for celebration and entertainment. 

Exciting programme of events

‘The Tent’ will be the venue for a varied programme of events run by student groups from across the University, who are looking forward to welcoming the local community and visitors to enjoy their shows. Apart from a handful of University Award ceremonies, all events are open to the general public.

The range of performances includes an array of music, from Gospel to Opera, theatre, poetry, dance and Durham University Charity Fashion Show, as well as events for all the family.

Refreshments will be available from a range of range of local eateries on site, and can be ordered online, in advance and collected at the venue.

Covid safety

Throughout the pandemic, the health, safety and wellbeing of the wider community has been a priority for us and so, all performances will be held in line with the latest Covid safety guidelines. Audience can book tickets online and students will be required to show proof of a recent negative Covid test. Audiences will be encourages to wear masks throughout the show unless eating or drinking. The venue will be cleaned between each event and marshals will be on hand to help the events run smoothly and safely.

Each of the 20 plus student societies involved, has worked within strict Covid safety guidelines to rehearse and produce their show. Every society has a dedicated Covid Safety Officer, responsible for ensuring students follow the rules, so they can present a safe performance for the audience enjoy.

Bringing people together safely

Speaking on behalf of the University, Event Organiser, Kate Barton said, “In an incredibly difficult year for live performance, we are thrilled to be supporting the creation of a pop-up entertainment space this June. We hope to play our part in re-invigorating the performing arts scene in Durham and provide the opportunity for people to enjoy live performances safely again.”

Quentin Sloper, Director of Experience Durham added; “I really hope that we can enjoy these performing arts and community events together, as the city opens up and gradually comes back to life after lockdown. We want to create a sense of celebration, where we can come together safely, meet up with friends and family and be entertained. I know that our students will cherish the opportunity to perform in-person after such a long period.”

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