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What's On

Family and Community

Whether you choose to visit a museum, stroll in the Botanic Garden, attend a lecture, view an exhibition, see a play or live musical performace, there is always something to see and do in and around the University. Our busy programme of activities and events offers a great range of things to enjoy for all the family.

Monday 18 June 2018

Durham Festival of the Arts 2018

Durham city

DFoA returns, bringing three weeks of music and theatre from our talented students!
Over 40 concerts, shows and performances are taking place at venues across the city, from classical concerts and live theatre to exhibitions, masterclasess and family fun.

Visit the DFoA website for full details of the programme and ticket booking


The Hills are High

10:00am to 5:00pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, DH1 3TH

An exhibition by curator/photographer Lauren Barnes, illustrating the everyday lives of South Koreans over the course of a single year.

Contact oriental.museum@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Our House

7:30pm to 9:30pm, Trevelyan College

Durham Festival fo the Arts
Musical with music and lyrics by Madness and named after one of their hit singles. Through the music of Madness. writer Tim Firth explores the themes of love, family values, growing up, responsibility, and dealing with losing the people that shape us

Contact dfoa@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Hidden Women

10:00am to 5:00pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, DH1 3TH

New tour highlights the 'hidden women' at the Oriental Museum

Contact oriental.museum@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Shattering Perceptions: The Women of Archaeology

10:00am to 4:45pm, Museum of Archaeology at Palace Green Library

A temporary exhibition exploring the diverse achievements of women in archaeology

Contact archaeology.museum@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Organ Masterclass: Francesca Massey

5:30pm to 7:30pm, Hatfield Chapel

Durham Festival of the Arts
Francesca Massey, Sub-Organist of Durham Cathedral, will be giving a masterclass on organ accompaniment to various organ scholars from the Durham University Chapels. This is a free event that all are welcome to attend to observe. No booking required.

Contact dfoa@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


The Durham Revue Reunion

7:30pm to 10:00pm, London

Get together for a special evening of cheese, wine and chat with relaxed performances of DUST and Revue sketches.

Contact theatre.manager@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Wednesday 20 June 2018

Posh

7:30pm to 9:30pm, Union Debating Chamber

Durham Festival of the Arts

In an oak-panelled room in Oxford, ten members of an elite dining society are bunkering down for a night of debauchery, decadence, and bloody good wine. This isn’t the last huzzah: they’re planning a takeover. Welcome to the Riot Club.

Contact dfoa@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Legally Blonde

7:30pm to 9:30pm, The Assembly Rooms Theatre

Durham Festival of the Arts
Based on the novel and hit movie of the same name, Legally Blonde The Musical follows fashion savvy UCLA sorority girl while she tackles stereotypes, sexism and scandal in pursuit of her dreams.

Contact dfoa@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Beautiful Thing

7:30pm to 9:30pm, Cademon Hall, Hild Bede

Durham Festival of the Arts
Beautiful Thing is a glorious urban love story about coming out and coming of age. This comedy exquisitely depicts what it’s like to be sixteen, in the first flush of love, and full of optimism.
Performances: Wednesday 20, Thursday 21 & Froday 22 June.

Contact dfoa@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Thursday 21 June 2018

Barre Concept

12:00pm to 1:00pm, Maiden Castle, Sports Centre

Every Thursday
This one hour class gives a full body work out. This work out tones the arms, lifts the butt, sculpts the arms and flattens the abs. All whilst burning fat… What’s not to love?

Contact deborah.cairns@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Annual Leslie Brooks Lecture: 'A Cold War between the Medium and the Message' by Professor Boris Groys

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Theatre ER201 in the Elvet Riverside II

The Annual Leslie Brooks Lecture supported by The School of Modern Languages and Cultures and the Institute of Advanced Study.

We are delighted to invite you to this exciting lecture by Professor Boris Groys.

Contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Friday 22 June 2018

Reading Paul Today: Grace and Gift for Protestant and Catholic Theology

10:00am to 6:00pm, Lecture Room 1 at Ushaw College

A Research Symposium in Conversation with John M. G. Barclay's 'Paul and the Gift' (Eerdmans, 2015). A complimentary coach will be provided between Durham city and Ushaw for this event, departing Durham Train station at 9.15am, or from Durham Student’s Union, Dunelm House, New Elvet at 9.25am. The return coach will depart Ushaw College at 6.00pm for Durham city. Please pre-book travel on the coach when you book your place.

Contact theresa.phillips@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Saturday 23 June 2018

Samling Opera Academy Open Rehearsal

10:00am to 5:00pm, Music Department Concert Room

Durham Festival of The Arts

Samling Academy was established to benefit young musicians ages 14 to pre-conservatoire, with an intensive coaching programme in voice, languages, acting, movement and through performance opportunities. It brings an international standard of coaching to young people in the North East of England who might otherwise never recognise their talent.

Contact dfoa@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Stupendous Stained Glass

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Palace Green Library

Inspired by your visit to the Durham World Heritage Site create your own stained glass windows.

Contact pg.library@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Two By Beckett: Footfalls and Krapp’s Last Tape

7:30pm to 9:30pm, The Assembly Rooms Theatre

Durham Festival of The Arts

Durham Premiere.

A double bill or short plays by the master of modern drama, Samuel Beckett, each a haunting meditation on life, love and longing. Award-winning playwright Samuel Beckett transformed world drama with his surreal, poetic plays. Most famous for Waiting for Godot and Endgame, his work is presented all over the world. Elysium Theatre Company are proud to bring these two short masterpieces to Durham for the first time.

Contact dfoa@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Sunday 24 June 2018

Durham Castle goes Back in Time

12:00pm to 4:00pm, Durham Castle

Castle Community Action (CCA) and Durham Castle Museum have teamed together to offer you a unique experience at Durham Castle. Prepare for a fun family day out as Durham Castle and its beautiful grounds take a step back in time!

Contact cca.outreach@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Monday 25 June 2018

International Conference on Dentistry and Oral Health

10:00am to 6:00pm, Bangkok

Allied Academies is overwhelmed to announce the commencement of “International conference on Dentistry and Oral Health” to be held during June 25-26, 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand. The upcoming conference will be organised around the theme “Unveiling the latest research on Dental and Oral Health".

Contact dentistryoralhealth@gmail.com for more information about this event.


Pilates

12:00pm to 1:00pm, Maiden Castle, Sports Centre

Every Monday
Through emphasizing proper breathing, correct spinal and pelvic alignment, and concentration on smooth, flowing movement, you become acutely in tune with your body. In Pilates the quality of movement is valued over quantity of repetitions. Proper breathing is essential, and helps you execute movements with maximum power and efficiency.

Contact deborah.cairns@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


The Durham Showcase

7:30pm to 8:30pm, The Assembly Rooms Theatre

Durham Festival of The Arts
The Durham Showcase is a collection of monologues, duologues and songs performed by a troupe of Durham's most talented finalist actors. The Showcase is previewing at The Assembly Rooms Theatre before moving on to London where it will perform at The Tristan Bates Theatre in July.

Tickets are free. To reserve tickets in advance please e-mail du.showcase@durham.ac.uk

Contact du.showcase@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Tuesday 26 June 2018

Graduation 2018

Durham Cathedral and Palace Green

Tuesday 26 - Friday 29 June
Congratulations to all Durham University students Graduating this week!
Enjoy the tradtional spectacle of students processing from Durham Castle to graduate and be awarded their degrees in the Cathedral. Ceremonies take place daily througout the week


Saturday 30 June 2018

Face Painting

11:00am to 4:00pm, Botanic Garden

Come along and have your face painted with flowers, butterflies, glitter or animals.

Contact botanic.bookings@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Chattering Teeth

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Palace Green Library

Teeth can tell us a lot about a person, including their age. Bioarchaeologists use teeth to work out the age of a skeleton, make your own set of chattering teeth for your age.

Contact pg.library@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Durham Singers Summer Concert: Sing unto the Lord

7:30pm to 9:00pm, St Brandon's Church, Brancepeth, DH7 8DF

A concert of joyful psalm settings for choir and organ from Britain and Germany, including Purcell "O Sing unto the Lord" and Bach's great motet "Singet dem Herrn"

Contact info@durham-singers.org for more information about this event.


Sunday 1 July 2018

Durham Race for Life 5K

11:00am to 2:00pm, St Leonards Sports Fields, County Hall, Durham, DH1 5UL

This is a 5k suitable for all abilities. This is thousands of women uniting with one purpose. Walk, jog or run. Raise valuable funds for research. THIS IS BEATING CANCER.
Race for Life brings thousands of women together to support Cancer Research UK’s life-saving research into all 200 types of cancer. Sign up or help us spread the word.

Contact susan.mackellar1@cancer.org.uk for more information about this event.


Saturday 7 July 2018

Chester le Street Pretty Muddy Kids

9:45am to 2:00pm, Riverside Park, Riverside South, Chester le Street, DH3 3SJ

Race for Life Pretty Muddy Kids is our brilliant muddy obstacle course just for the little ones. They can take on the obstacles, crawl through the mud pit and have fun with friends, all the while helping raise valuable funds for BEATING CANCER.

Contact susan.mackellar1@cancer.org.uk for more information about this event.


Chester le Street Pretty Muddy 5K

10:30am to 2:00pm, Riverside Park, Riverside South, Chester le Street, DH3 3SJ

Crawl through the mud pit. Have fun with your friends. And raise valuable funds for BEATING CANCER.

Contact susan.mackellar1@cancer.org.uk for more information about this event.


Super Skeleton

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Palace Green Library, Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RN

Make your own dangling skeleton to learn all about the bones inside your body.

Contact pg.library@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Sunday 8 July 2018

MG Car Display

10:00am to 4:00pm, Botanic Garden

The Durham MG Owners Club was formed in 2001, for local car enthusiasts interested in MG cars both classic and modern. This informal gathering will showcase up to 20 cars representing models produced from the late 1940s through to the early 2000s. Visitors will be invited to nominate their favourite car on display.

Contact event@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Saturday 14 July 2018

Beautiful Boats

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Palace Green Library, Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RN

Some of the surviving soldiers we talk about in our exhibition travelled to America – make a boat to show their journey.

Contact pg.library@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Saturday 21 July 2018

Excellent Empires

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH

Find out about the ancient Achaemenid Empire and create your own piece of Persian-inspired metal art.All activities are drop in (any time between 1 and 3 pm) unless otherwise stated. All activities are included in the Museum admission price and are generally suitable for children aged 5 to 11. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Contact oriental.museum@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Reconstruction

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Palace Green Library, Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RN

Facial reconstruction is used to find out what people from the past might have looked like using a skull, have a go yourself!

Contact pg.library@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Wednesday 25 July 2018

Ancient Egyptian object handling

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH

Pop along to our object handling station and get hand-on with a range of Ancient Egyptian objects, with the help of our curators. Suitable for all.All activities are drop in (any time between 1 and 3 pm) unless otherwise stated. All activities are included in the Museum admission price. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Contact oriental.museum@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Thursday 26 July 2018

Marco's Circus Workshop

10:30am to 4:00pm, Botanic Garden

Learn circus trucks, including how to juggle and spin plates, at this fun workshop. Participation included in the entrance fee.

Contact event@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Friday 27 July 2018

Vote 100: Super saris

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH

Celebrate the centenary of the first British women winning the right to vote, see a very special sari on display and make your own textile artwork.

Contact oriental.museum@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Saturday 28 July 2018

Festival of Archaeology

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH

Celebrate the Festival of Archaeology and create your own treasure game.

Contact oriental.museum@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Vote 100: Pop-up Puppet

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Palace Green Library, Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RN

Celebrating the vote 100 for women’s votes, create your own pop-up puppet of an inspirational woman Scientist or Archaeologist to celebrate the jobs they do!

Contact pg.library@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Monday 30 July 2018

Teddy Bears' Picnic

10:00am to 4:00pm, Botanic Garden

Join us for a day of bear-related fun. Bring your own teddy, enjoy bear-related craft activities and storytelling. Participation is included in the normal admission price.

Contact event@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Monday 3 September 2018

Symposium of Sound

9:00am to 5:00pm, Grey College

The Symposium of Sound is a two-day conference supported by Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership. We invite abstracts for papers of twenty minutes in length on the theme of ‘sound’: its creation, imitation, and its relationship with language.

Contact symposiumofsound2018@gmail.com for more information about this event.


Friday 14 September 2018

4th Global Summit on Heart Diseases

9:00am to 5:00pm, Holiday Inn, Singapore Atrium 317 Outram Road Singapore 169075

After the splendid success of the “3rd Global Summit on Heart Diseases” held at Bangkok, Thailand during November 02-03, 2017 we proudly announce the "4th Global Summit On Heart Diseases" which will be held during September 14-15, 2018 at Singapore.

Contact heartdisease@conferencesworld.org for more information about this event.


Elegy: New Approaches

9:00am to 5:00pm, Durham University

The elegy may be a traditional form of poetry, but it is also one that has evolved and continues to change through time. This one-day conference, with keynote Professor Stephen Regan, will reflect on the current state of research.

Contact elegy2018@gmail.com for more information about this event.


Friday 21 September 2018

Scaling the Heights

10:00am to 5:00pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, DH1 3TH

Bringing mountaineering literature to life

Contact oriental.museum@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.