East Durham College creative industries staff and students at Peterlee's Apollo Pavillion

Creative Industries Students Help Show Off The Best Of Peterlee

Creative industries students from East Durham College have been taking part in special events over the weekend celebrating all things Peterlee.

Stemming from last year’s Why Art Man festival, which was held around Peterlee Town Centre, the steering group called Inspire Peterlee was set up.

Inspire Peterlee features people from around the local area, including staff from East Durham College’s creative industries department, who are looking to celebrate the town’s history and help put arts in Peterlee on the map.

The group have set out a five year plan, where they aim to hold special events each year celebrating the town and major anniversaries, such as 70 years of Peterlee in 2018 and the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Pavilion in 2019.

This year’s Peterlee Arts Festival started last weekend with 1960’s inspired performances taking place around the town.

And students from the college got involved by putting on musical performances at Peterlee’s Apollo Pavilion as part of the celebrations.

East Durham College programme area leader for creative industries, Amanda Gregory, hailed the festival as a great success and believes this was a great platform for students to showcase their talents. 

Amanda said: “After the success of last year’s Why Art Man festival we were really proud to be asked to be a part of the Inspire Peterlee steering group.

“Events such as the Peterlee Arts Festival this weekend, are really important to show the fantastic things that are going on around Peterlee.

“The festival was a brilliant opportunity for a number of our students to show off their talent and provide them with a platform to help build-up their confidence performing in front of an audience.

“We look forward to many more successful events celebrating Peterlee in the future.”

For more information on courses in creative industries at East Durham College, please contact our student services team on 0191 518 8222.