Our Cultural Hubs returned in 2019, once again bringing a wide range of art events, this time across even more venues! Eastlea Community Centre and Dawdon Youth and Community Centre joined our Cultural Hub Programme in 2019, and alongside the existing Cultural Hubs (The Greenhill’s Centre, Horden Youth and Community Centre, Shotton Partnership 2000 LTD, Blackhall Community Centre and Trimdon Station Community Centre), there were seven community venues running in 2019 which delivered (and continue to deliver) fantastic artistic events and activities in East Durham.

During 2019 the Cultural Hubs focused on developing their centres to deliver more tailored art events to suit their local communities. Throughout 2019 our Cultural Hubs brought a wide range of creative performances for communities to choose from, this included theatre performances, improv nights, dementia-friendly performances, outdoor events, ‘Go & See’ research trips as well as spoken word nights.


“Amazing show, fabulous cast. My 4 year old laughed out loud the whole time.

Audience member at Shotton Community Centre.


Cultural Hubs are about establishing and empowering local community venues as centres that programme fantastic art events and performances in East Durham that reduce the need for local people to travel further afield to more traditional venues. The project continues to bring high-quality art performances and workshops to local community centres. More than 1,600 people watched exciting theatre performances in community centres across East Durham as a result of the Cultural Hubs programme. Developed with the support of the East Durham Creates’ team the Cultural Hubs programme will continue to bring high-quality performances into local communities across East Durham.