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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 29 May 2017

"To the Life" Art Exhibition

9:00am to 6:00pm, Trevelyan College, Durham

Local artist Allan Archibald exhibits this collection of paintings in Trevelyan College.

Contact janet.n.evans@gmail.com for more information about this event.


Balloons In Durham

6:30am to 10:00am, Palace Green and Houghall Campus

Look to the skies as Durham horizon lights up with hot air balloons galore!
A brand-new festival, Balloons In Durham, is like nothing you've ever seen before. Enjoy a weekend of family fun this Spring Bank Holiday. All activities are subject to weather conditions.


Durham Castle Tours

1:15pm to 4:15pm, Durham Castle

Experience over 900 years of history on a Durham Castle Tour and discover how it functions today as the home of University College. Tours will be available at 1.15pm, 2.15pm, 3:15pm and 4:15pm.

You can vote for your favourite Castle here
Let’s drum up some support for Durham Castle

Get voting and encourage others to do the same!

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


Durham MEMSA Community Course 2017: Alchemy, Astronomy, Witchcraft and Magic, c. 500-1700 AD

6:00pm to 6:00pm, World Heritage Site Visitors Centre

This eight week community course, brought to you by Durham’s Medieval and Early Modern Student Association, will introduce you to the weirder and more wonderful side of medieval and renaissance culture.

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


A Good Reputation Endures Forever: The Chinese Labour Corps on the Western Front

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

An exhibition exploring the role of the thousands of Chinese who risked their lives alongside the British armed forces during the First World War. This exhibition examines the vital role of the Chinese Labour Corps using historic photographs and objects created by the men at the front.

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


Time Machines: the past, the future, and how stories take us there

10:00am to 5:00pm, Palace Green Library

This exhibition asks, How big is time? And what will the future be like?
The sheer enormity of time is a mind-bending concept - one which humans have always tried to measure and understand. Step through a portal and journey through time as we reveal how advances in science allowed authors to create stories that transport us to the distant past, parallel universes, and future worlds.

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


Staff fitness class - Pilates

12:00pm to 1:00pm, Maiden castle

Experience Durham runs a number of fitness activities for staff to attend on a weekly basis. Sessions are £3.00 and must be booked via email to reserve a place.

Pilates a 60 minute class aimed at strengthening the body in an even way, with particular emphasis on core strength to improve general fitness and well-being.

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


Tuesday 30 May 2017

Historicising anti-slavery – Decolonising anti-trafficking?

2:00pm to 4:00pm, Geography Department, Room 414

Over the last two decades, anti-trafficking – often described as an effort to combat ‘modern day slavery’ – has become ubiquitous. Questions have been raised about whether the significant resources dedicated to this issue have achieved any results, or whether these results have done more harm than good. These critiques remain salient as Target 8.7 of the Sustainable Development Goals proposes to ‘eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking.’ Building on these critiques, the seminar responds to facile framings of contemporary ‘abolitionism’ as echoing earlier crusades against Trans-Atlantic slavery. Critical reflections on the geographical and historical dimensions of anti-slavery and anti-trafficking will be offered. We ask: is it possible to decolonise anti-trafficking?

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


UK General Election 2017 - Meet the Candidates!

6:00pm to 7:30pm, Ustinov College, Fisher House, South Road, Durham DH1 3DE
Ustinov College Cafe Politique
Worried about the UK's future but not sure who to vote for? Join us in a conversation with the parliamentary candidates for the City of Durham! This will be your chance to raise questions and discuss issues that are relevant to you with our prospective MPs. Come and listen what the candidates for the City of Durham have to say about our constituency and the UK.

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


Wednesday 31 May 2017

Zumba

12:15pm to 1:00pm, Maiden Castle, aerobics studio

A high energy, multi ability exercise session, based upon dance. Open to everyone, every Wednesday during term time. This 45 minute lunchtime workout is both fun and uplifting.

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


Make some noise!

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

Design and create your own Chinese drum.

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


School of Education Research Seminar: International Mindedness in Education

1:00pm to 2:00pm, School of Education Room ED134

Dr Karen Taylor, Director of Education at the International School of Geneva will lead this seminar.

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


Durham Castle Tours

1:15pm to 4:15pm, Durham Castle

Experience over 900 years of history on a Durham Castle Tour and discover how it functions today as the home of University College. Tours will be available at 1.15pm, 3:15pm and 4:15pm.

You can vote for your favourite Castle here
Let’s drum up some support for Durham Castle

Get voting and encourage others to do the same!

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


Durham Castle Family Fun Tour

2:15pm to 2:15pm, Durham Castle

Bring the whole family and enjoy a family-focused tour around Durham Castle, with activities for children throughout the tour. Explore what it was to live and work in Durham Castle in the past and find out more about some of the characters that have made Durham Castle their home over the centuries.

You can vote for your favourite Castle here
Let’s drum up some support for Durham Castle

Get voting and encourage others to do the same!

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


Spring Reign by Rob Johnston

7:00pm to 9:00pm, The Assembly Rooms Theatre, North Bailey, Durham

Spring Reign is a powerful and compelling new play by award-winning writer Rob Johnston that tells the story of an ordinary Syrian family, struggling to survive a brutal conflict and the greatest humanitarian crisis since the Second World War. Combining live performance, video, original music performed live by Chris Davies, and frontline photography by Musa Chowdhury and Daniel Leal-Olivas, the story is based on first-hand accounts of Syrian refugees, aid workers, activists, conflict journalists and photographers. This authentic and moving dramatic performance highlights the personal cost of a country at war, reflecting the frustration and suffering of the Syrian people.

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


Resolving the Unresolvable? Mediation and ethics in divided churches in a divided world.

7:30pm to 9:00pm, Leech Hall, St John's College, 3 South Bailey, Durham DH1 3RJ
The Cundy Christian Unity Lecture There is no shortage of conflict – Syria, Yemen, Brexit, the Church and human sexuality, to name a few. But what does it all mean? Is conflict an inevitable and proper assertion of difference, or a failure of dialogue and connection? What are the limits of compromise? And what is the role of the Church in all this – problem or peace-maker? In this year’s Cundy lecture, Bill Marsh will offer thoughts from the coalface of conflict, and explore the realities of trying to build peace.

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


Thursday 1 June 2017

Staff fitness class - Barre concept

12:00pm to 1:00pm, Maiden castle

Experience Durham runs a number of fitness activities for staff to attend on a weekly basis. Sessions are £3.00 and must be booked via email to reserve a place.

Barre concept - a creative workout, that tones the arms, lifts the butt, sculpts the legs and flattens the abs

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


Durham Castle Tours

1:15pm to 4:15pm, Durham Castle

Experience over 900 years of history on a Durham Castle Tour and discover how it functions today as the home of University College. Tours will be available at 1.15pm, 2.15pm, 3:15pm and 4:15pm.

You can vote for your favourite Castle here.
Let’s drum up some support for Durham Castle.
Get voting and encourage others to do the same!

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


Friday 2 June 2017

Staff fitness class - Cycling for beginners

12:00pm to 1:00pm, Maiden castle

Experience Durham runs a number of fitness activities for staff to attend on a weekly basis. Sessions are £3.00 and must be booked via email to reserve a place. Cycling for beginners - this a new group for those that haven't cycled for a while.

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


Super Samurai

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

Both men and women could be Japanese samurai warriors. Join us to create your own samurai helmet.

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


Durham Festival of the Arts 2017

Various venues across Durham City

Friday 2 - Friday 23 June 2017
Music Durham and Durham Student Theatre (DST) present three weeks of entertainment, performances, workshops and exhibitions across the city. This year’s festival launches with Land of Hope and Glory the annual Music Durham concert held in Durham Cathedral. Highlights will include a new teling of Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales in Gala Theatre, and Blackadder III at The Assembly Rooms Theatre, plus much, much more! Visit teh DFoA website for detail sof the Programme and online booking.


Against the Manichees: Immigration and the Human Good.

4:15pm to 6:15pm, Chapel, St Chad's College

Catholic Theology Research Seminar
Dr Anna Rowlands (Durham University) will give this talk as part of the Catholic Theology Research Seminar series. This seminar series provides a forum for scholarly discussion of pertinent issues in the Catholic traditions of theology and church.

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


Land of Hope and Glory

7:30pm to 10:00pm, Durham Cathedral

Durham Festival of the Arts
Join Music Durham for the opening performance of Durham Festival of the Arts.
Land of Hope and Glory is a celebration of the best of British music and composers, performed by our talented student singers and musicians. From Zadok the Priest to Coldplay, Spamalot to the Beatles, this concert promises a night of entertainment for all audiences.

Contact contact@musicdurham.org for more information about this event.


Saturday 3 June 2017

Arts on the Green

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

Durham Festival of the Arts
Join Music Durham and the college music ensembles for an afternoon of open air entertainment on Palace Green.

Contact contact@musicdurham.org for more information about this event.


Pretty Peacocks

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

Peacocks are the national bird of India. Explore our Indian Gallery and make your own peacock puppet.

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


Military Plumes and pompoms

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

Make your own military pompom inspired by the DLI to adorn your own hat.

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


The Dragon and the Bone Queen

7:30pm to 9:00pm, Music Concert Room, Music Department

Durham Festival of the Arts
Theatrum Mundi returns with a showcase of medieval and Renaissance music and costume. With Hector Sequera (lute), Barbara Ravelhofer (speaker), and various performers, including a 16-ft dragon…

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


Sunday 4 June 2017

Durham Castle Tours

1:15pm to 4:15pm, Durham Castle

Experience over 900 years of history on a Durham Castle Tour and discover how it functions today as the home of University College. Tours will be available at 1.15pm, and 4:15pm.

You can vote for your favourite Castle here.
Let’s drum up some support for Durham Castle.

Get voting and encourage others to do the same!

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


Around the World in 80 Minutes

7:30pm to 10:00pm, Durham Castle
Durham Festival of the Arts
Following on from the Britain themed Cathedral Concert, this second evening of music will take you on a journey around the world in 80 minutes, performed by a number of Music Durham's best and most diverse ensembles.

Contact contact@musicdurham.org for more information about this event.


Monday 5 June 2017

Little Bookworms

10:30am to 11:30am, Palace Green Library

Our group for under 5s and their parents and carers includes fun crafts, messy play, storytelling and singing.

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


Scripts and Scribbles

2:00pm to 4:00pm, Pemberton Rooms, Palace Green, Durham

Durham Festival of the Arts
Fancy getting involved in the theatre scene at Durham? Nows your chance! Join in with an informal script reading session in the Pemberton Rooms, Palace Green.

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


Tuesday 6 June 2017

Centre for Visual Arts and Culture - Annual General Meeting

10:45am to 5:00pm, Van Mildert College, Durham

All welcome, but please register by 30th May.

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


The Canterbury Tales

7:30pm to 10:30pm, The Gala Theatre, Durham

Durham Festival of the Arts
Under the sardonic eye of Chaucer himself, each pilgrim recounts a tale to entertain their companions on the road to Canterbury. From the Miller's, to the Knight’s tale, some of Chaucer’s most celebrated characters will be brought to life on stage.

Join Durham Student Theatre as they bring Mike Poulton's acclaimed adaptation to the stage in an evening not to be missed!

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


Wednesday 7 June 2017

Durham University Chamber Choir - Music on the River

2:00pm to 4:00pm, River Wear (Prebends Bridge), Durham

Durham Festival of the Arts
This informal highlight of the Chamber Choir calendar is a relaxed afternoon on the (hopefully sunny!) banks of the Wear. Sit back and have a drink with your friends and family whilst the Chamber Choir serenades you in black tie from rowing boats on the river, with fun arrangements of classic a cappella favourites!

Contact contact@musicdurham.org for more information about this event.


KLANG17

7:00pm to 5:00pm, Music Department, Palace Green

Durham Festival of the Arts
KLANG is Durham’s own Contemporary Art Music Festival, run by staff and students at Durham University Music Department. Our aim is to present some of the world’s most exciting new music from composers and musicians based in the North-East and beyond.

The annual contemporary music marathon opens with an Emsemble 7Bridges SoundLab concert, continues with a lunchtime performance from the university’s New Art Music Ensemble and closes with another evening concert.

Contact contact@musicdurham.org for more information about this event.


Thursday 8 June 2017

'The Winds of Change in the Catholic Church: A Sociologist’s View’

5:30pm to 7:15pm, Dun Cow Cottage Seminar Room, Dun Cow Cottage, Dun Cow Lane, Durham

Prof Staf Hellemans (Tilburg University) will give this seminar as part of the Catholic Theology Research Seminar series.

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


Joseph K

7:30pm to 10:00pm, The Assembly Rooms Theatre, North Bailey, Durham

Durham Festival of the Arts
A stunning adaptation of Kafka's 'The Trial' written by Tom Basden. It's Joseph K's thirtieth birthday and he's about to settle down with some takeaway sushi. However, his delivery is intercepted by two men who have not only taken a bite out of his California roll but, rather more alarmingly, inform him that he is under arrest. He has no idea what he's supposed to have done wrong but he's determined to clear his name.

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


Saturday 10 June 2017

Powerful Pyramids

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

Make your own 3D pyramid, just like the Ancient Egyptians in today's family craft activity.

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


Durham Univesrity Chamber Choir present - The Evening Watch

7:30pm to 9:00pm, Durham Cathedral, Palace Green

Durham Festival of the Arts
The Durham University Chamber Choir warmly invites you to its final performance of the academic year! After a fantastically busy and successful three terms with our 23 singers, our final send-off is sure to be a powerful and absorbing evening of choral music.
The repertoire for the evening celebrates British composers from a variety of genres and will include music by MacMillan, Byrd, Britten and Tippett amongst many others.

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


The Durham Revue Presents - 'Allstars'

8:00pm to 10:00pm, Gala Theatre, Durham

Durham Festival of the Arts
It’s time. Durham’s biggest comedy event of the year is here! Join the Durham Revue for a stellar evening of comedy presented by some of the finest comedians to have been part of the Revue over the past few years. Including very special alumni Nick Mohammed, Massive Dad, and Tom Neenan, this is a one night only event you don’t want to miss!

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


Sunday 11 June 2017

Miscast Showcase: Double Bill

7:30pm to 10:00pm, The Assembly Rooms Theatre, North Bailey, Durham

Durham Festival fo the Arts
Durham Improvised Comedy and Tone Deaf Theatre Company present a double bill showcase. It’s a miscast showcase, where these traditional songs are not quite what they seem…

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


Monday 12 June 2017

MediaLit 17

8:30am to 2:00pm, St John's College 3 South Bailey, Durham

CODEC will be holding its eighth MediaLit training course from Monday 12 - Friday 16 June 2017, exploring Christian ministry, communications and the media, with a special emphasis on digital culture.

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


Little Bookworms

10:30am to 11:30am, Palace Green Library

Our group for under 5s and their parents and carers includes fun crafts, messy play, storytelling and singing.

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


Tuesday 13 June 2017

Durham University Hill Orchestra and Voices Summer Concert

7:30pm to 10:00pm, St Oswald's Church, Durham DH1 3DQ

Durham Festival of the Arts
The Hill Orchestra and Voices are delighted to invite you to their first ever collaboration in concert! In what is expected to be a phenomenal night of musical variety, the orchestra and choir will come together to perform Finlandia by Sibelius, an arrangement of I vow to thee and Don't Stop me now by Queen, among others.

Contact contact@musicdurham.org for more information about this event.


Wednesday 14 June 2017

Durham University Brass Band - A Summer Celebration

7:00pm to 9:30pm, St Oswald's Church, Durham DH1 3DQ

Durham Festival of the Arts
Join Durham University Brass Band as they celebrate their 15th Anniversary and their success at UniBrass, where they won the inaugural UniBrass Shield. The band will play a mixture of their award-winning set and popular brass band tunes.

Contact contact@musicdurham.org for more information about this event.


Zanna, Don't!

7:30pm to 10:00pm, The Assembly Rooms Theatre, North Bailey, Durham

Durham Festival of the Arts
DULOG's final show of the year, 'Zanna, Don't!' is a musical fairytale exploring a world where to be gay is to be normal, and heterosexuality is taboo. Join Zanna and the students of Heartsville High, USA, on a magical journey exploring love, loss, and mechanical bullriding.

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


Thursday 15 June 2017

9th International Conference on Genomics & Pharmacogenomics

9:00am to 5:00pm, London, UK

Novel research on Genomics and Pharmacogenomics for Global Health.
Genomics-2017 is an excellent opportunity for the delegates from Universities and Institutes to interact with the world class Scientists.

Contact genomics@conferenceseries.net for more information about this event.


'The Theological Relevance of the Secular'

5:30pm to 7:15pm, Dun Cow Cottage Seminar Room, Dun Cow Cottage, Dun Cow Lane, Durham

Professor Christoph Huebenthal (Radboud University, the Netherlands) will give this seminar as part of the Catholic Theology Research Seminar series.

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


Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

6:30pm to 3:30pm, The Library Lawn, St John's College, 3 South Bailey, DurhamDH1 3RJ

Durham Festival of the Arts
Join us for this outdoor performance, a musical mix of jazz and opera; Alice is 11, and completely marvellous. She’s jolted from her boring school holidays by an encounter with a talking White Rabbit – who insists she follow him to a mysterious Wonderland. Alice meets all kinds of peculiar characters, as well as the wicked Queen of Hearts threatening the peace of wonderland.
Gottlieb’s witty libretto moulds Carroll’s nonsense into a fun and engaging story that remains true to the original spirit of the book, and which will delight adults and children alike.


Souvenirs

7:30pm to 9:30pm, Cafedral Coffee Shop

Durham Festival fo the Arts
Wrong Tree Theatre present their latest work. 20 years ago the Professor’s Grandfather went missing. Working in his old greenhouse has been cramped and perhaps she would have given up the search for him, until… Mysterious figures, an old sea dog and a millionaire’s miniature maker all mark her journey to a distant and humid land.

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


Friday 16 June 2017

A Midsummer Nights Dream

2:30pm to 5:00pm, Fellows Garden, Durham Castle / Ushaw College

Durham Festival of the Arts
Bring your picnic for this outdoor performances of Shakespeare's classic tale in the gardens of Durham Castle on Friday 16 & Saturday 17 June, or at Ushaw College on Sunday 18 June.

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


Black Box Series 1

5:30pm to 11:00pm, Vane Tempest Theatre, Durham Students Union

Durham Festival of the Arts
A series of short theatre productions in an intimate black box space. Featured in Series 1:
5.30pm - Solstice
6.35pm - Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons
7.50pm - Landing
9.15pm - Shaheen

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


Durham University Classical Ensemble Summer Concert

7:30pm to 9:00pm, St Oswald's Church, Durham DH1 3DQ

Durham Festival of the Arts
The Classical Ensemble presents its summer concert featuring Mozart’s 31st Symphony “Paris” and Couperin’s suite “La Francaise” from his “Les Nations”, a duo of works inspired by France. The magnificent talent that is the Classical Ensemble’s very own Misuzu Oda will also treat audiences to Mozart’s 26th Piano Concerto “Coronation”.

Contact contact@musicdurham.org for more information about this event.


Saturday 17 June 2017

DECAY: Time, Objects & Destruction

10:00am to 5:00pm, Archaeology Museum, Palace Green Library, Durham, DH1 3RN

Find out about the hidden world of decay in museums through this exhibition looking at the effects of time on objects.

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


Lovely Lanterns

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

Make a beautiful Chinese lantern and learn to write Chinese characters in today's family craft activities.

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


Father’s Day

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

Come and make your Fabulous Father a beautiful handmade card ready for Father’s Day.

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


Durham Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival 7

2:00pm to 10:00pm, Gala Theatre, 1 Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA

Before we know it Summer will be upon us, and by popular demand, so will this festival...... Showcasing the quality of live music in the UK, we wanted to present a line-up that appeals to music lovers of all ages in and around the North East. We think we have achieved this and with Dr Feelgood headlining, a transatlantic flavouring, 11 different artists with six performing on an Amp Driven Main Stage and five on a more serene Acoustic Stage; this is one date for your diary!

Contact solidentertainments@live.co.uk for more information about this event.


Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

2:30pm to 5:00pm, Collingwood College, Durham
Durham Festival of the Arts
Tom Stoppard's classic comes to Collingwood College. First staged at the Edinburgh fringe in 1966, Tom Stoppard’s play follows two minor characters from Hamlet, the courtiers Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.

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


Durham Univesrity Orchestral Society Cathedral Concert

7:00pm to 10:00pm, Durham Cathedral,

Durham Festival of the Arts
Enjoy DUOS' annual Cathedral Concert featuring the Symphony Orchestra conducted by Alex Mackinder and the Chamber Orchestra conducted by John Reddel.

Join the Orchestral Society as they take over the majestic Durham Cathedrall with a diverse and thrilling programme, including Finzi’s gorgeous Romance for String Orchestra and Mahler’s towering Symphony No. 1.

Contact contact@musicdurham.org for more information about this event.


Hedda Gabler

7:30pm to 10:00pm, Collingwood College, Durham,
Durham Festival of the Arts
Hedda Gabler is a story of deceit, manipulation, lust and debauchery. Set in 1890s Norway, Hedda’s tale is that of a formerly aristocratic, antagonistic newlywed, whose selfish interests will see her stop at nothing to be where she wants. However, it doesn’t always go to plan, as Hedda discovers.

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


American Idiot!

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

Durham Festival fo the Arts
Featuring the music of Green Day’s albums ‘American Idiot’ and ’21st Century Breakdown’, including the songs ‘Holiday’, ’21 Guns’ and ‘Boulevard of Broken Dreams’, this rock-opera promises to be an electrifying show and an end-of-year experience not to miss out on!

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


Sunday 18 June 2017

Classical Ensemble Summer Concert

7:30pm to 9:00pm, St Oswald's Church

Join the Classical Ensemble for their final concert of the year.

Contact contact@musicdurham.org for more information about this event.


Monday 19 June 2017

Little Bookworms

10:30am to 11:30am, Palace Green Library

Our group for under 5s and their parents and carers includes fun crafts, messy play, storytelling and singing.

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


Bishop Hatfield Evensong

5:15pm to 6:00pm, Durham Cathedral, Palace Green

Durham Festival of the Arts
Join the Chapel Choir of Hatfield College for their annual Bishop Hatfield evensong in Durham Cathedral. This is one of the highlights of the choir’s year, and a great way to mark the end of the year. The music will include Herbert Howells’s Gloucester Service, and Ralph Vaughan Williams’s ‘Lord, thou hast been our refuge’.

This is a free event. Doors open 5pm.

Contact contact@musicdurham.org for more information about this event.


Black Comedy

7:30pm to 10:00pm, Leech Hall, St Johns College
Durham Festival of the Arts
Brindsley Miller is meeting his girlfriend’s father for the first time, and a potential buyer of his art is supposed to be paying a visit. But when the lights go out, all kinds of skeletons come out of the closet including former lovers, angry neighbours and a drunken old lady.

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


Shopping and F***ing

7:30pm to 10:00pm, Empty Shop

Durham Festival of the Arts
ACT presents Mark Ravenhill’s ‘Shopping and F***ing’.Directed by Eleri Crossland, this production offers an emotionally-charged, yet darkly humorous insight into the lives of LGBT+ millennials, struggling to break free from the very worst that consumerist culture has to offer; an endless diet of drug addiction, pornography and Pot Noodles.

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


Durham University Palatinate Orchestra (Chamber Orchestra) Summer Concert

7:30pm to 9:00pm, Chapter House, Durham Cathedral

Durham Festival of the Arts
Durham University’s Palatinate Chamber Orchestra warmly invites you to its final concert of the year, set in the serenity of the Cathedral Chapter House and featuring Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Greensleeves, Debussy’s Girl with the Flaxen Hair, andBeethoven’s triumphant Symphony No. 7 in A major.

Contact contact@musicdurham.org for more information about this event.


Tuesday 20 June 2017

Twelfth Night

2:00pm to 5:00pm, Hild Bede College, Durham
Durham Festival of the Arts
Where music is the food of love and nobody is quite what they seem, anything is possible! Join us on Hild Bede’s beautiful lawns to enjoy an outdoor theatre performance to experience a riot of music, tricks and celebration. Picnics recommended!

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


Little Shop of Horrors

8:30pm to 10:30pm, St Mary’s College, Durham
Durham Festival of the Arts
Join in with this hilarious musical.... Seymour Krelborn is a meek and dejected assistant at a floral shop who happens upon a strange plant, which he affectionately names Audrey after his co-worker crush. Little does he know that this strange and unusual plant will develop a soulful R&B voice, a potty mouth, and an unquenchable thirst for HUMAN BLOOD.

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


Wednesday 21 June 2017

Blackadder III

7:30pm to 10:00pm, Assembly Rooms Theatre

Durham Festival of the Arts
The beloved British sitcom hits Durham; casting the audience into the extravagant 18th Century. Tortured mastermind Blackadder continually attempts to extract his pathetic master Prince George from scrapes and hilarities, whilst struggling to suppress his servant Baldrick’s cunning plans.

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


Divinity Quintet and Durham String Quartet

7:30pm to 9:15pm, St Oswald's Church, Durham DH1 3DQ

Durham Festival of the Arts
The Divinity Quintet, in concert with the Durham String Quartet, presents their third term concert. Their repertoire includes Ligeti’s Six Bagatelles and Poulenc’s Sextet in which they will be joined by John Reddel. This concert will be shared with the Durham String Quartet, featuring some of Durham’s most in-demand musicians.

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


Thursday 22 June 2017

Bearing Scars and Forging Hope: The Church’s Flawed Expertise in Humanity.

6:00pm to 8:00pm, Ushaw College
Bishop Dunn Memorial Lecture 2016/17 Dr Ethna Regan (Dublin City University)will deliver this year's Bishop Dunn Memorial Lecture as part of the Ushaw Lecture Series.

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


Durham University Palatinate Orchestra (Symphony Orchestra) Summer Concert

7:30pm to 10:00pm, Elvet Methodist Church, Durham

Durham Festival of the Arts
This summer, Durham University Palatinate Orchestra is excited to bring you Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini! Conducted by Adam Laughton and performed by Isabel Osborne, a long term member of our orchestra, this stunning work has been set alongside Strauss’ Serenade for 13 Wind instruments and Brahms’ 4th Symphony.

Contact contact@musicdurham.org for more information about this event.


Friday 23 June 2017

Visual Culture of the Classical World at Durham

9:00am to 5:45pm, Kenworthy Hall, St. Mary's College, Durham

A day-long workshop to celebrate and share Durham-based research on aspects of Visual Culture relating to the Classical past and tradition.

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


Saturday 24 June 2017

Terrific Time Machines

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

Celebrate our new Exhibition on Time Travel by designing your very own time machine!

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


Celebrate Eid

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

Find out about the Islamic festival of Eid and make a beautiful Eid hanging decoration.

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


The Durham Singers: The Cloths of Heaven

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

Songs of love and of home, from Ireland and America, including music by Stanford, Britten, Barber and Augusta Read Thomas. The Durham Singers' summer concert spans the Atlantic with words and music from Ireland and America on the themes of love and of home.

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


Monday 26 June 2017

Little Bookworms

10:30am to 11:30am, Palace Green Library

Our group for under 5s and their parents and carers includes fun crafts, messy play, storytelling and singing.

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


Wednesday 5 July 2017

Catholicism, Literature and the Arts: 1850 to the Present

2:00pm to 6:00pm, Durham
International conference This conference will bring together leading scholars to address key questions in the study of Catholic art and writing, including the question of whether there is a distinctive tradition of ‘Catholic literature’.

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


Thursday 20 July 2017

3rd International Conference on Systems and Synthetic Biology

9:00am to 6:00am, Munich, Germany

It takes us immense pleasure to announce the 3 rd International Conference on Systems and Synthetic Biology which is going to be held during July 20-21,2017, at Munich,Germany. Theme:"Meeting the Needs of a Changing World" which reflects the innovative progress in Synthetic Biology research.

Contact syntheticbiology@conferenceseries.net for more information about this event.


Monday 24 July 2017

Junior Development Sculling Camp

8:30am to 4:30pm, The Graham Sports Centre (Maiden Castle, DH1 3SE)

Following on from the success of our Learn to Row Camps, we now offer a 5 day camp for Juniors aged 11-16 with some experience of the sport. The focus of the week will be on improving confidence and technique on the water in all boat types; progressing to a single scull regatta at the end of the week.

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


Learn to Row Summer Camp

9:30am to 4:30pm, The Graham Sports Centre (Maiden Castle, DH1 3SE)

Our Learn to Row camp is for participants aged 11-16 who have never rowed before. Based on the River Wear and using our state of the art indoor rowing tank and ergo gallery, this camp is ideal for anyone with an interest in rowing who is looking for an opportunity to finally get out on the water!

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


Friday 29 September 2017

Resilience within the Rubble

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

Reconstructing the Kasthamandap and its past after the 2015 Nepal Earthquake.

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


Saturday 7 October 2017

Durham Book Festival 2017

Various venues around Durham City

Saturday 7 - Sunday 15 October 2017.

Durham Book Festival is set to return this autumn taking place in and around the beautiful city. Events are held in a range of iconic venues including the historic Durham Town Hall, Durham Cathedral and the Gala Theatre.

The programme for the festival will be revealed on 9th August 2017.


Tuesday 10 October 2017

12th Global Toxicology and Risk Assessment Meeting

1:40pm to 1:40pm, London, UK

Canvassing New Innovations with the Depictive Version of Toxicology Study

Contact global@toxicologyconferences.org for more information about this event.


Saturday 21 October 2017

Monteverdi 1610 Vespers with I Fagiolini and Durham Singers

7:30pm to 9:30pm, Durham Cathedral

Hear one of the most ravishing pieces in the choral repertoire performed in Durham Cathedral under the direction of Monteverdi specialist Robert Hollingworth with soloists from his ensemble I Fagiolini

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


Tuesday 24 October 2017

Celebrate Science 2017

10:00am to 4:00pm, Celebrate Sceince Marquee, Palace Green

Tuesday 24 - Thursday 27 October
The free, family-friendly science festival returns this October half term.
Now in it's 8th year, Celebrate Science will once again bring science to life, with amazing activities and exciting experiements showing younger children how science shapes their world.
Full progamme details to follow.


Durham Festival of the Arts 2017

2nd – 23rd June 2017

Durham Festival of the Arts is an exciting 3 week festival organised by Music Durham and Durham Student Theatre. The exciting programme of events includes a whole host of exciting performances in venues across the city.
Visit the website for details and booking www.dfoa.co.uk