BRINGING THE WORLD TO DARLINGTON!
With everything from gypsy folk to flamenco, afrobeat to ska, bring the whole family down for an exciting, diverse mish mash of FREE live music and activities in the Market Square.
Brought to you in partnership with Big Little Gigs & Darlington Borough Council, take a trip around the world with food & drinks stalls, interactive workshops, and a main stage featuring amazing artists throughout the day across a global palette of genres.
13:00 - 13:30: Bubamara
A menagerie of folk-punk exotica.
Think Fagin meets ABBA, Sicilian skiffle, Cossack ska, and songs from the streets of Greece.
14:00 - 14:30: Clusterfolk
With one member flying in from Ireland just for this event, you could say they're something of an International supergroup. Have fun watching Matt (Guitar), Donal (Accordion) & Bran (Fiddle) jam it out on stage, and get ready to stomp your feet to some traditional Irish tunes.
15:15 - 16:00: Los Capitanes
A Spanish-infused 3-piece acoustic band based in the North of England, who bring high energy flamenco to rock and pop classics, for a unique latin street style fusion.
16:30 - 17:15: Weekend Sun
Darlington locals mixing live instruments with samples, conjuring up devastating funk grooves that'll make you move
17:45 - 18:30: London Afrobeat Collective
A 9-piece afro-funk noise bomb beating the tightest rhythms in town with a swingin' brass section.
Get ready to surrender to the unstoppable groove.
See them in action: www.youtube.com/watch?v=7EqEXF_8ta4
19:00 - 20:00: CHAINSKA BRASSIKA
From Glastonbury to Notting Hill Carnival to Darlington Market Square! This eight-piece serve up a tantalising blend of infectious ska rhythms, exquisite brass and melodic vocals, making it impossible for you to deny your feet a chance to dance!
See them in action: www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1xQVHXieHU
WORKSHOPS & DROP-INS!
14:30 - 15:15 // Ages 7 and under
AROUND THE WORLD WITH CLAIRE TUSTIN
If you could travel anywhere, in any mode of transport, where would you go?
Explore an imaginary journey around the world through an hour of song, dancing and musical games. Learn songs from around the world plus some new ones about travel, transport and imaginary adventures.
Astronauts, pilots and rainforest explorers particularly welcome.
BOOK HERE: skiddle.com/e/13582605
**PLEASE BOOK ONE SLOT PER CHILD // Accompanying adults don't need to book**
Please arrive a good 10 mins before the session starts.
Be aware that if you're more than 5 minutes late, we may allocate your place to someone else.
16:00 - 16:30
CLAIRE TUSTIN ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE
Bring the kids along to hear Claire perform some of her original songs written for children about animals, insects, Grandmas on roller skates, playing outside and the importance of cuddles. See if they don't start singing along!
You can check out her music here: clairetustin.bandcamp.com/releases
17:15 - 17:45 // Drop-in
IRISH DANCE TASTER SESSION
Ever watched Riverdance and fancied a go yourself?
Why not head to this exclusive taster session led by world class dancers Chris Hannon & Kelly Stephens! Both have won more championships than we can list, and toured the world for many years with Michael Flatley. More recently Chris has been around the world with his own show, Murphy's Celtic Legacy
Let them take you through a few basic steps, and show you how to put them into a fun routine to impress your friends and family. You never know, you might discover a hidden talent!
No tap shoes required, though we recommend wearing sensible clothing and shoes to make sure you can get those feet moving.
18:30 - 19:00 // Drop-in
AFRICAN DRUM WORKSHOP
Straight after London Afrobeat Collective have played, come try some African style drumming for yourself! With traditional drums on hand to try out, let a teacher from Apollo Arts show you how to bring ethnic rhythms to life.
13:00 - 18:00 // Drop-in
SHAKER MAKING & GUITAR DECORATION
Head over to Big Little Gigs' craft area where kids can decorate their own cardboard guitar, or create a custom shaker they can shake to the live music in the square.