Durham Festival of the Arts, which will run from 2nd to 23rd June, is set to bring over 30 unique cultural events to the city. Now in its third year, this summer’s Durham Festival of the Arts promises to be the biggest one yet.

The festival, organised by Durham University students from the Music Durham and Durham Student Theatre societies, will feature concerts, plays, masterclasses, photography exhibitions and much more.

Events will be taking place in some of Durham’s most iconic buildings, including Durham Cathedral, Durham Castle, the Gala Theatre and The Assembly Rooms Theatre.

On Friday 2nd June, Durham Festival of the Arts will open with Land of Hope and Glory, a celebration of British Music held in Durham Cathedral. Featuring orchestras, big bands and choirs, Land of Hope and Glory will include music from The Beatles to Coldplay to Elgar.

On Saturday 3rd June, festival goers can enjoy ‘Arts on the Green’. Palace Green will play host to live music while actors wander around the world heritage site to provide what is termed an ‘immersive experience’.

Around the World in Eighty Minutes will take place in the Great Hall of Durham Castle on Sunday 4th June. Described as ‘a whirlwind tour of the globe’, Around the World in Eighty Minutes will showcase great music from all over the planet.

The Gala Theatre will host a retelling of The Canterbury Tales.

Written by Geoffrey Chaucer in the late 1300s and considered one of the earliest works of English literature, The Canterbury Tales is a collection of colourful stories narrated by a band of medieval pilgrims, each of whom had to tell a tale to entertain their companions.

During the three weeks of the Durham Festival of the Arts, The Assembly Rooms Theatre will be putting on a number of student productions including Franz Kafka’s Joseph K, the musical Zanna, Don’t! and the classic British comedy Blackadder III.

There will also be several performances of Shakespeare, including Twelfth Night, which will be put on in the grounds of Hild Bede College.

(Featured image courtesy of Peter Daniel, from Flickr Creative Commons)

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