Durham Summer in the City Festival celebrates everything cultural in Durham - here's what's on plus dates, times and ticket prices.

The Durham Summer in the City Festival is happening throughout June starting at the end of the half term school holidays, while some events are taking place over several months before and after. Many events are free, and they're happening in venues and locations across Durham city. For plays and comedy, head to our Durham Summer in the City theatre listings.

It's a big celebration of Durham's cultural scene, with art, music and drama events. Here's the information you need for Durham Summer in the City Festival.

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What's Durham Summer in the City Festival all about?

Durham Summer in the City Festival celebrates music, art and theatre in the city with a series of exhibitions, plays and musical performances. It includes 25 theatre productions from groups such as Durham Student Theatre and Durham Dramatic Society, and music from venues such as Durham Cathedral and the Old Cinema Launderette. There'll also be family workshops offering a chance for everyone to get involved.

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When is it all taking place?

Starting on June 1, Durham Summer in the City Festival runs until the end of the month. However, some events have already been going on for the last few weeks, such as free art exhibitions.

How much are Durham Summer in the City Festival tickets?

It depends what you're going to; many of the art exhibitions are free, and some of the workshops just require you to buy entry to the venue where they're taking place. However, some of the bigger events such as plays and concerts will be more expensive.

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What are the highlights?

ExplorAR has had a look through the listings and there are several events that catch our eye. On Sunday June 16 at 6pm, the Durham University Palatinate Orchestra plays its last concert of the season. It takes place at Elvet Methodist Church and includes Stravinsky's Firebird Suite. You can buy tickets here.

Two days earlier, on Friday June 14, the Hill Orchestra is playing film favourites including Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones and Mamma Mia. It's at St Oswalds Church at 7.30pm, and tickets are available here.

A performance of Shakespeare's Love Labour's Lost in Durham Castle's grounds sounds great too - it's on Friday June 21 at 2.30pm. Tickets are available from the Durham Student Theatre website here.

One of the family workshops that caught our eye was '(Small but) FIERCE' on June 23 (the time hasn't yet been confirmed). Taking place at Durham Oriental Museum, this free event involves helping to create an international magazine for children who want to change the world. It's suitable for children aged eight to 12.

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