The Durham Festival of Arts (DFoA) has always sought to showcase the best talent from music and theatre in the Durham student community. This year, there has also been additional focus on Masterclasses and Workshops to engage with members of the local Durham community and increase involvement with the creative sector.
Marketing and promoting DFoA’18
I took on the role of Communications Officer for the Durham Festival of Arts 2018 and the whole expereince has been extremely educational, not to mention, loads of fun! It’s helped me build my organisational, interpersonal and communication skills, given me valuable experience, as well as helped me develop a more efficient work ethic.
As Communications Officer for DFoA, with help from the core team, I worked with the University’s Marketing & Communications Office, to plan social media takeovers across the University’s Facebook and Twitter channels. This will be the third takeover day, which has run every Friday in June to promote DFoA, with exciting highlights from the Cathedral Concert, Black Box Events and other prodcutions throughout the festival.
Beyond the Realms: Tales of Fantasy and Imagination was Music Durham’s annual celebratory concert in Durham Cathedral, marked the official opening of DFoA’18. I worked with student photographer Laura, to arrange posting pictures of their rehearsal, live from the Cathedral onto social media. We shared some great photos as the musicians and choirs prepped for an evening of music based on magic, myth, and mystery.
There has been so much going on over the past few weeks – theatre lovers enjoyed updates on the summer sitcom ‘IT Crowd’ – by Ooook! Productions, at the Assembly Rooms Theatre, while Music lovers have loved the Hill Orchestra’s, ‘A Night at the Movies’, performed in St. Oswald’s Church. These are just tow of over 40 events that have transported audiences to lands far, far away in evenings of movie and theatre classics.
There was a great sense of community spirit at the annual outdoor music event ‘Arts on the Green’. Held on Palace Green, at the heart of Durham’s World Heritage Site, the day delivered performances from brass bands, concert bands, world music groups, circus skills, cheerleaders, and more. There were also stalls for food, ice cream, face painting, crafts, and a family treasure trail which ensured a fun festival atmosphere for everyone.
Part of my role has been to organise bloggers to supply articles for this student blog site. Phoebe Archbell wrote a piece about the music masterclasses, ‘Sounds of summer’ and Florence Petrie wrote about how she and Wrong Tree Theatre, devised and performed completely new play ‘Aaron’, based on her own expereinces. These blogs have been promoted through social media, so people outside of Durham can find out more about how students lead and run DFoA.
Visual art exhibitions
A showcase for Durham’s best student artists and photographers, the Art and PhotoSoc exhibition at Pemberton Rooms is not to be missed. Running until Saturday 16th June, visitors can see paintings, sketches and digital art of the highest calibre, plus stunning photographs from student artists. This event has Free Entry, so don’t miss this great opportunity to appreciate the Arts.
Highlights to look forward to this weekend are An de Freude by Durham University Classical Ensemble (DUCE), a concert that is a personal as well as general tale of struggle, peace in death, ascent to Elysium and universal brotherhood; all played with DUCE’s consummate grace and learned stylistic practice. Stay tuned for shots from their rehearsal and set-up! ‘HMS Pinafore’ by Durham Opera Ensemble promises a lively production set to the infectious music of Gilbert and Sullivan, this high spirited production is not to be missed.
Still another week to enjoy!
With a week still to go, the pace continues with musical theatre production of ‘Our House’ based on the music of Madness. The festival will end on a crescendo of excitement featuring DULOGs produciton of ‘Legally Blonde’ based on the novel and hit movie of the same name, among other exciting concerts and productions – Don’t miss out, coma along and enjoy celebrating DFoA!
Visit the DFoA website for full details of all performances and to book tickets.
I am also the Slam Team Manager for the Poetry Society, as well as a part of Thorn's core team.