Colourful costumes and flashing swords at festival

Alnwick International Music Festival 2011.'Shilpagya India Dance and Folk Song Ensemble.
Alnwick International Music Festival 2011.'Shilpagya India Dance and Folk Song Ensemble.

Friendships will be renewed and new ones formed as the 38th Alnwick International Music Festival takes place at the start of August.

Shilpagya from India, who were last here in 2011, is returning to the festival. The group has become firm favourites with audiences due to their energy, colourful costumes and spectacular dances.

The group are well travelled visiting three or four festivals each year, but they all say that coming to Alnwick is like visiting their second home.

The group’s leader, Vihang Shah, says that Alnwick’s is one of the best international festivals of the world.

This year’s festival runs from August 3 to 10 and features daily concerts in the Market Place as well as performances at other venues around town.

The Playhouse will host four evenings of varied entertainment including a night where the talent will be much more local, as the ever-popular Northumbrian evening graces the stage.

The festival is also really pleased to be able to invite new Georgian friends Tsiskari.

They will be the first group representing their country to visit the festival and are highly recommended by their government as ambassadors for their culture.

High leaps and flashing swords are a regular feature of the dancing – certainly a group not to be missed.

See alnwickmusicfestival.com for the latest information.