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Full programme announced for Lumiere 2019
Published October 17, 2019 1.00pm
For the most ambitious edition of Lumiere yet, a selection of favourite artworks from previous festivals will sit alongside a host of new commissions by international artists and fresh talent from the North East.
Durham park to host fang-tastic Halloween circus show
Published October 16, 2019 10.50am
Families can enjoy an evening full of frighteningly good circus fun in Durham City's Wharton Park this Halloween.
Lumiere favourite Mysticète returns to make a splash at 10th anniversary edition
Published October 02, 2019 12.36pm
As excitement builds for the full programme announcement on October 17, Lumiere organisers have revealed the return of festival favourite Mysticète (the whale).
Full line-up for Lumiere conference has been announced
Published September 27, 2019 4.23pm
The winner of Global Teacher of the Year and Chair of Arts Council England are to speak at this year's Lumiere conference.
Dates announced for Bishop Auckland Food Festival 2020
Published September 26, 2019 11.13am
A food festival that attracted more than 29,000 people in April will serve up even more tasty treats, celebrity chefs and culinary inspiration when it returns next year.
Lord of the Flies cast share excitement ahead of opening night
Published September 26, 2019 10.21am
Young actors set to captivate audiences in an upcoming stage adaptation of Lord of the Flies have spoken of their excitement at starring in a professional production.
Children to create symbol of international friendship
Published September 20, 2019 1.32pm
Messages of friendship from schoolchildren across the globe will be included within a special light installation symbolising the importance of international co-operation.
Transforming plastic waste into glittering works of art
Published September 11, 2019 9.55am
Plastic bottles will be transformed into a unique and eco-friendly art installation when communities across County Durham come together ahead of Lumiere, the UK's largest light festival.
New festival to celebrate town's rich heritage
Published September 05, 2019 12.51pm
A two-week festival celebrating Bishop Auckland's rich and varied history is set to take place later this month.
Entertaining autumn in store at County Durham theatre
Published September 05, 2019 12.44pm
Magic carpet rides, pop icons and a chilling desert island adventure - an exhilarating autumn awaits at a County Durham theatre.
Be part of this year's spectacular Lumiere as a Festival Maker
Published August 30, 2019 11.42am
Festival fanatics are being reminded to take the opportunity to be part of the UK's largest light festival.
Explore for free with County Durham Heritage Open Days
Published August 30, 2019 11.02am
People can enjoy free access to more than 80 venues across County Durham next month, as part of England's largest festival of history and culture.
Follow the branches to find your family roots
Published August 28, 2019 10.28am
A series of family history courses invite new and experienced heritage-seekers to find out about their past.
Hush creator to continue Apollo Pavilion celebrations
Published August 23, 2019 3.13pm
A unique County Durham landmark is to be transformed by a celebrated local artist as part of a year of celebrations to mark its half-century.
Peterlee Pathways' sensational summer carnival
Published August 21, 2019 12.16pm
Adults with disabilities enjoyed all the fun of the fair with their families and carers at a circus-themed celebration in County Durham.
Global debut of Paula's Families on Track brings out the smiles in Durham
Published July 29, 2019 9.40am
Wet weather failed to dampen the enthusiasm of 100 families who signed up for the first ever Paula's Families on Track event in Durham on Saturday.
Thousands take on the heat and hills in the 2019 Prince Bishops Durham City Run 10k and 5k races
Published July 26, 2019 10.20am
Thousands of runners have taken to the streets of Durham on the hottest day of the year, cheered on by big crowds of spectators.
Changes to arrangements for the 2019 Prince Bishops Durham City Run 10k and 5k
Published July 24, 2019 4.16pm
After a burst water main led to an emergency closure of the A167 northbound at Neville's Cross in Durham, Events of the North and us have issued a statement about changes to arrangements for the Prince Bishops Durham City Run 10k and 5k races on Thursday evening.
Our initiative gives Durham families free chance to be part of world first with Paula Radcliffe
Published July 23, 2019 3.27pm
County Durham families have been given the chance to be inspired by marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe when they take part in a brand-new running initiative later this month.
Apollo Pavilion 50th birthday celebration
Published July 15, 2019 12.04pm
It's a day that marks half a century of one of the most celebrated moments in history - and one that is commemorated in County Durham in truly unique style.