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Jun
8
Sat
Moses Boyd Exodus live in concert @ Redhills: Durham Miners Hall
Jun 8 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Moses Boyd Exodus live in concert @ Redhills: Durham Miners Hall
Moses Boyd Exodus headline DJAZZ 2019 with a performance in The Pitman’s Parliament at Redhills, with support from Noizechoir.
  • Doors 6pm
  • Noizechoir – 6:45pm
  • Moses Boyd Exodus – 7:45pm

Moses  has worked as one half of the duo Binker and Moses, with his ensemble The Exodus and on his own as Solo Exodus and released music under his own label Exodus Records. He has collaborated with Lonnie Liston Smith, Ed Motta, Little Simz, Four Tet, Floating Points, Zara McFarlane, Gilles Peterson, Soweto Kinch and many more. Awards  received include The John Peel Play more Jazz Award, Parliamentary Jazz Award, a MOBO award for best jazz act, two Jazz FM awards and the Worshipful Company of Musicians’ Young Jazz Musician award in 2014.

NoizeChoir is a performance ensemble formed in 2011 by Newcastle based artists Lindsay Duncanson and Marek Gabrysch. It involves a loose collective of noise enthusiasts with a common desire to use the human voice free of the traditional restraints of typical choral settings, language or musical notation. Their work is based on a shared fascination with science, culture and landscape.

Tickets are on sale now at: buytickets.at/djazz/248418

Note that a ticket is for a festival pass, gaining you access to all events at DJAZZ 2019.

Jun
22
Sat
The Big Meeting – Film Premiere @ Redhills: Durham Miners Hall
Jun 22 @ 6:00 pm – 10:30 pm
The Big Meeting - Film Premiere @ Redhills: Durham Miners Hall

The premiere of ‘The Big Meeting’ – a new feature film about the Durham Miners’ Gala.

The 94-minute film explores the meaning of the Gala and follows some of the people who make it such an inspiring event. It also includes contributions from Gala supporters including Dennis Skinner and Jeremy Corbyn.

The film will go on general release in cinemas later this summer.

Join the stars of the film and some special guests and see it first. The premiere, at Redhills: Durham Miners Hall on Saturday 22 June, will feature a panel discussion with director Daniel Draper and some of the stars of the film (TBA).

Proceeds from the film premiere will go to the Marras – Friends of Durham Miners’ Gala, which was established to fund the event following the closure of the collieries.

• Doors open at 6pm
• Introductions at 7pm followed by film.
• A panel discussion and Q&A with Daniel and stars of the film will follow the screening.

Jul
12
Fri
The Dave Hopper Memorial Lecture with Shami Chakrabarti @ Redhills: Durham Miners Hall
Jul 12 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The Dave Hopper Memorial Lecture with Shami Chakrabarti @ Redhills: Durham Miners Hall

Shadow Attorney General Shami Chakrabarti will give this year’s Dave Hopper Memorial Lecture on the eve of the Durham Miners’ Gala.

The event, at Redhills: Durham Miners Hall, is in tribute to the longest-serving General Secretary of the Durham Miners’ Association (DMA).

The current DMA Secretary Alan Mardghum will introduce the event, which will also hear from Ed Yankovich, Vice-President Emeritus of the United Mine Workers of America. Mary Stratford of Education 4 Action will chair.

Tickets are on sale now with all proceeds going to the Marras – Friends of Durham Miners’ Gala.

A standard ticket is priced £5, with an unwaged ticket at £3. A solidarity ticket is also available for those able to contribute more in support of the Gala, and to enable us to offer a lower priced ticket while covering the costs of hosting the event.

• Doors open at 4pm

• The event will begin at 5pm

• Refreshments will be served in the Committee Room

The event forms part of Education 4 Action‘s Durham Miners’ Gala fringe programme.

Sep
14
Sat
Heritage Open Days @ Redhills: Durham Miners Hall
Sep 14 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Heritage Open Days @ Redhills: Durham Miners Hall

The Durham Miners Association is delighted to host two open days, welcoming visitors to explore the building and grounds at Redhills.

Part of the national Heritage Open Days programme, these free events provide an opportunity to see inside the Grade II listed ‘Pitman’s Parliament’, recognised by Historic England as one of the country’s 100 Irreplaceable Places.

Open from 11am – 4pm, visitors will be welcomed to our Open Days by our knowledgeable and friendly volunteers and staff. Normally only accessible via pre-arranged guided tour, this is your chance to find out about the 150 year history of the Durham Miners Association, hear stories from the Durham Coalfield and learn about our vision for the future.

Please register to book your free place.

Sep
22
Sun
Heritage Open Days @ Redhills: Durham Miners Hall
Sep 22 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Heritage Open Days @ Redhills: Durham Miners Hall

The Durham Miners Association is delighted to host two open days, welcoming visitors to explore the building and grounds at Redhills.

Part of the national Heritage Open Days programme, these free events provide an opportunity to see inside the Grade II listed ‘Pitman’s Parliament’, recognised by Historic England as one of the country’s 100 Irreplaceable Places.

Open from 11am – 4pm, visitors will be welcomed to our Open Days by our knowledgeable and friendly volunteers and staff. Normally only accessible via pre-arranged guided tour, this is your chance to find out about the 150 year history of the Durham Miners Association, hear stories from the Durham Coalfield and learn about our vision for the future.

Please register to book your free place.

Oct
3
Thu
THE FUTURE WE BUILD @ Redhills: Durham Miners Hall
Oct 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
THE FUTURE WE BUILD @ Redhills: Durham Miners Hall

An evening of music and memories, history and heritage, featuring original works by renowned composer Steve Robson and the NASUWT Riverside Brass Band, in collaboration with St John’s musicians.

Join students from St John’s for a special one-off performance in the magnificent Pitman’s Parliament at Redhills: Durham Miners Hall.

The event will feature music and poetry inspired by the mining heritage and culture of the Durham Coalfield. Students will also join the award-winning NASUWT Riverside Brass Band to premiere new work from composer Steve Robson, as well perform some much-loved classics. 

Proceeds from the event will go to The Redhills Appeal, the campaign to renew Durham Miners Hall as a centre for heritage, education and culture. To find out more, visit redhillsdurham.org.

Titled ‘The Future We Build’ – from the motto of the Durham Miners’ Association (DMA) – the concert if culmination of a school project exploring the history of Redhills, and the heritage and culture of the coalfield.

Students visited Redhills and researched the history of the DMA and the coalfield. They then worked with renowned composer Steve Robson and leading brass musicians to create new music inspired by their findings.

Music inspired by history and heritage of Redhills will be prominent throughout the evening. There will also be poetry by Tommy Armstrong, and folk music from St John’s musicians. The concert will also feature a varied programme of well-known brass band music.

‘The Future We Build’ is at Redhills: Durham Miners Hall on Thursday 3 October. Doors open at 7pm, with the performance beginning at 7.30pm. Refreshments will be available.

Tickets are priced £5 (standard) and £4 concessions (under 18s/ retired/ unwaged).

Oct
6
Sun
Common People celebration with Kit De Waal @ Redhills: Durham Miners Hall
Oct 6 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Common People celebration with Kit De Waal @ Redhills: Durham Miners Hall

Common People is a collection of essays, poems and memoir, which celebrate the depth and texture of working-class life. The collection brings together established and emerging writers who redefine what it means to be working-class. 

At this special event, a selection of the contributors will gather in The Pitman’s Parliament at Redhills to read from their work and discuss their experiences as working-class writers.

The event – part of Durham Book Festival – will also feature the premiere of a short film from emerging Durham writer Louise Powell, inspired by her childhood experiences at Easington dog track. 

Kit de Waal is the author of My Name is Leon and The Trick to Time and the editor of Common People. Kit and Louise will be joined by emerging writers Adam Sharp and Jodie Russian-Red and acclaimed author Paul McVeigh, whose novel The Good Son won the Polari Prize. 

Chaired by John Mitchinson, Unbound

Dave Randall: The Political Power Of Music + The Kets @ Redhills: Durham Miners Hall
Oct 6 @ 4:15 pm – 5:45 pm
Dave Randall: The Political Power Of Music + The Kets @ Redhills: Durham Miners Hall

Musician, author and activist Dave Randall discusses his book Sound System – The Political Power of Music.

The guitarist from Faithless will appear in the Executive Room at Redhills as part of the Durham Book Festival.

The event will also include a set from County Durham band The Kets.

More info and tickets: wegottickets.com/downbytheriver

Oct
28
Mon
David Olusoga: We need to talk about Windrush @ Redhills: Durham Miners Hall
Oct 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
David Olusoga: We need to talk about Windrush @ Redhills: Durham Miners Hall

Professor David Olusoga: We need to talk about Windrush

Historian, broadcaster and film maker David Olusoga will join us in The Pitman’s Parliament at Redhills for this keynote lecture marking Black History Month.

Co-hosted by Durham University Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Unit, Ustinov College and Durham Miners Association, this event is open to all staff and students of Durham University as well as members of the local community, free of charge. Admission is by ticket only and there will be no tickets available on the door on the evening of the event. The event will begin at 18.00 and therefore doors will close at 17.55.

There is limited on-street parking outside of Redhills which is free after 18.00. If you require a disabled access parking space, this can be arranged by notifying Katie Stobbs on katie.j.stobbs@durham.ac.uk in advance.

David Olusoga is a British-Nigerian historian, broadcaster and film-maker. His most recent TV series include Black and British: A Forgotten History (BBC 2), The World’s War (BBC 2), A House Through Time (BBC 2) and the BAFTA winning Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners (BBC 2). David is also the author of Black & British: A Forgotten History which was awarded both the Longman-History Today Trustees Award and the PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize. His other books include The World’s War, which won First World War Book of the Year in 2015, The Kaiser’s Holocaust: Germany’s Forgotten Genocide and the Colonial Roots of Nazism and Civilizations: Encounters and the Cult of Progress. David was also a contributor to the Oxford Companion to Black British History and writes for The Guardian and is a columnist for The Observer and BBC History Magazine. He is also one of the three presenters on the BBC’s landmark Arts series Civilizations.

The Redhills Appeal

The event is free of charge, though donations to The Redhills Appeal would be welcome.

The Durham Miners Association marks its 150th anniversary in 2019. The DMA was founded on 20 November 1869, when a small number of miners met at the Market Tavern in Durham city.

Within three years, the association had organised to abolish the system of bonded labour that had operated across the coalfield for generations, and had founded the Durham Miners’ Gala.

By 1915, the DMA had grown in membership to more than 150,000, and had established its magnificent headquarters Redhills: Durham Miners Hall. For generations, elected delegates from each of the county’s collieries met in the council chamber at Redhills, known as The Pitman’s Parliament. From The Pitman’s Parliament, the DMA created a social system across County Durham before the creation of the welfare state. The DMA provided sickness and unemployment benefits, retirement homes, medical care, community centres, libraries, and sports fields.

On 20 November 2018, the DMA launched The Redhills Appeal to secure the future of Durham Miners Hall as a centre for heritage, education, and culture.

To support The Redhills Appeal, go here.