Towns and villages across County Durham will host some of the best street bands from across the world as part of this year's BRASS festival.
Big Brass Bash 2018
Free concerts will take place throughout the week
The Big Brass Bash events will see bands from the UK, France and Spain party in a number of parks throughout the county and promises to have people up on their feet and dancing.
This year's venues are:
Shotton Hall, Peterlee - Monday, 16 July
Glenholme Park, Crook - Tuesday, 17 July
Timothy Hackworth Park, Shildon - Wednesday, 18 July
Jubilee Park, Spennymoor - Thursday, 19 July
Town Park, Aycliffe - Friday, 20 July
Wharton Park, Durham - Saturday, 21 July
All of the concerts take place from 6pm to 9pm.
As well as festival favourites including Back Chat Brass, Artistas del Gremio and Mr Wilson's Second Liners, new all-female street band Breakout Brass will join the tour as part of this year's focus on women and brass.
Other newcomers include The Brass Funkeys, an eight-piece London-based brass band, and Funky Style Brass from France.
Street Ceilidhs **New**
Local performers from each area will also be taking part in the events and will work alongside The Northern Monkey Brass Band to create special performances unique to each venue.
Residents living in Lanchester and Chester-le-Street can also get involved in the action, with two free street ceilidhs set to take place on Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18 July respectively.
The new addition to the festival's calendar will feature Scottish band Reel Brass taking ceilidh music to the streets, alongside some authentic New Orleans jazz from the all-female line up of Shake Em Up Jazz Band.
Reel Brass will perform a mix of traditional ceilidh tunes with pumping brass arrangements and will also be teaching the dances so that everyone can take part.
Durham Luminaire **New**
UK's largest light festival set to return with 10th anniversary spectacular
Published July 03, 2018 4.50pm
Durham is set to shine on the world stage again, with a call to deliver the most ambitious ever Lumiere light festival in 2019, featuring a selection of some favourites from the past decade of festivals.
Lumiere Cabinet release
Next week (July 11) our Cabinet will be asked to re commission Artichoke to deliver large scale events in both 2019 and 2021, with community activities and legacy artworks in the years between.
If agreed the 2019 event, which would run November 14 - 17, would bring back a number of the most popular artworks from the previous five festivals to mark the event's 10th anniversary. Lumiere was established in Durham in 2009 and the 2019 programme is expected to wow the hundreds of thousands of people who flock to the biennial event and to ensure that the county is showcased on a global scale. It would feature a mix of some favourites and brand new artworks.
More InformationJack Drum Arts Summer School at Auckland Castle **New**
For ages 8+
Tuesday 24th July until Friday 27th July
10.30am til 4.30pm each day
Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland, DL14 7NR
Join a team of professional actors and musicians to create a play in a week, inspired by the history and heritage of Bishop Auckland and the surrounding area.
You will work with our team and take your inspiration from the town's Mining Art Gallery and its fascinating collection. The grounds of Auckland Castle will then be your stage to create stories and songs to perform for your family, friends, and the public at the end of the week.
Cost is £25 for 4 days. Please note this is payable in advance due to high demand.
We have a small number of FREE places for low-income families in receipt of benefits (evidence will be required).
Please contact us via email or telephone to discuss.
BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL - Tel 01388 765002 or email firstname.lastname@example.orgMusic sessions for people with Learning disabilities, Autism and PMLD at the Pool of Sound**New**
Do you currently support someone with a learning disability, Autism or PMLD who enjoys music, singing, performing, playing instruments?
The Pool of Sound is a specialist music project based in Byker Community Centre which provides music activities for a wide spectrum of people with learning disabilities.
We currently have some space free across our various one to one studio/group/Drop in Band music sessions.
Contact us on 0191 265 9341 for a FREE taster session
New Art Group at delves Lane **New**
Tuesday's 1.00 - 3.00pm
Cost £3 per week - please reserve your space email@example.com
The Drop in Band **New**
The Drop in Band is a music session for people with learning disabilities that has been running for over 10 years in Byker Newcastle.
Participants can rock out or sing with the band or watch/play instruments from the audience. Instruments and refreshments provided. It's on every Wednesday and Friday between 1.45pm and 3.15pm at byker community centre . (153 headlam st. byker newcastle upon tyne NE6 2DX) £5 on the door in.
For more details
call Brian on 0191 2659341 for more info.
Project Coordinator (Pool of Sound)
Byker Community Centre
Newcastle upon Tyne
Telephone: 0191 265 9341
Upcoming Events at Chester le St Theatre Group **New**
My Fair Lady
10 - 14 July 2018
Bill Stephenson Hall, Chester-le-Street Community Centre, Newcastle Bank, Chester-le-Street, DH3 3TS
Tickets priced £10 adult and £8 concessions
Box Office 0191 388 3778