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Durham Festival of the Arts offers something for everyone

(30 May 2017)

DURHAM University is inviting local residents to enjoy the third annual Durham Festival of the Arts.

The student-led festival, which runs from June 2 to 23, promises to be the biggest yet, with concerts, masterclasses, plays, photography exhibitions and more, in venues across Durham City.

The University highly values student participation in the arts, as part of the wider student experience, and it is a major part of the University’s positive contribution to the local cultural scene.

Around 1,200 students are regularly involved in music, across 60 ensembles, and the 700-member Durham Student Theatre group includes 27 different companies which between them perform around 70 shows each year.

Durham’s new University Strategy 2017-2027 includes ambitious proposals to ensure it is top in the UK for student music and theatre, as well as sport, volunteering and leadership.

Abi Groocock, President of Music Durham, said: “We are passionate about bringing the arts to life in Durham, engaging with students and the local community alike to put on a good show.

“Durham Festival of the Arts is for all of Durham to enjoy, with plenty of opportunities to get involved. With a number of strands including music, opera, theatre, comedy and workshops, there is something for everyone.”

Among the musical highlights of the 2017 Durham Festival of the Arts will be Land of Hope and Glory, a celebration of British music to be held in Durham Cathedral on Friday, June 2; Around the World in 80 Minutes, a journey through global music to be held in Durham Castle’s Great Hall on Sunday, June 4; open air performances on Palace Green and Prebends Bridge; and the Klang Festival of contemporary music.

For theatre fans, there will be performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the grounds of Durham Castle and Ushaw College; Twelfth Night at Hild Bede College; and Blackadder III at The Assembly Rooms.

Durham Student Theatre will present The Canterbury Tales at the Gala Theatre from June 6 to 7. 

There will also be an arts and photography exhibition in the Pemberton Rooms on Palace Green from June 13 to 17.

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