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Durham University

Colleges & wider student experience

Theatre & the arts

The arts thrive at Durham University. Whether you're into painting or music or theatre; directing, managing or performing, you'll find it here. And if you don't, then you'll have every opportunity to set something up yourself. You can get involved in the arts at both university-level and within your own college. The possibilities are endless.

Durham Drama Festival

Durham Drama Festival is an amazing student-created, student-run festival that showcases the talent of Durham’s student scriptwriters. For a week in February every year, over 100 students come together to act, direct, produce, tech – and most importantly, write brand new exciting theatre. There are also workshops run by industry professionals, and fabulous events to get involved with.

Durham Drama Festival is one of the most important events in the Durham Student Theatre calendar. This year's festival is taking place from 3 - 9 February so come and get involved!
Check out more information here.

DU Art Society


If performing isn't your thing, then Durham offers many other ways in which to enjoy and engage with the arts. The University is home to wonderful art collections, many of which are owned by and displayed within the Colleges. There is a lively student art scene with exhibtions from societies held throughout the year to showcase student talent.

Durham Book Festival

The University has developed close links with the annual Durham Book Festival which brings national and interantional writers to the city. By creating a post of 'Festival Laureate' we have enabled our students to work with Sir Andrew Motion, Simon Armitage and Carol-Ann Duffy and to take part in festival events as volunteers.

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Student life

What's On? 

The University is a hub of events and activities for students, staff and the wider local community. Our online 'What's On' Guide provides a great way to organise your social diary as well as helping you get involved in free or subsidised activities. It's a great way to try something different and meet new friends!

For an up-to-date calendar of events visit

Durham Student Theatre

Durham Student Theatre is the umbrella organisation which supports theatre at Durham University, representing 26 individual theatre companies.