Where to see the festival artists

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From bamboo dancing to Mexican rituals – this year’s Alnwick International Music Festival promises to be an unforgettable experience.

Nine overseas groups from three different continents are due to appear at the showcase, serving up a truly global flavour.

The 36th festival, which runs from August 4, to August 11, will see more than 200 performers from across the world descend on the town, with acts from Armenia, the Netherlands, India, Korea, Lithuania, Mexico, Russia, Spain and Sweden set to attend.

One of the highlights is sure to be the singers and bamboo dancers from North East India,

The group uses long pairs of horizontal bamboo staves which are tapped open and closed in rhythmic beats by people sitting face-to-face on the ground, while girls in colourful costumes dance in and out between the beats of the bamboos.

Festival fans will also see the Dandelion Korea Folk Arts Ensemble who play Pungmul – one of the oldest and most popular folk arts of Korea – while Alianza will take you on a journey through Mexican history, with a mixture of dances, costumes and rituals.

Also taking to the stage will be award-winning Zemaitukas, who perform Lithuanian folklore music and dance, as well as folk and song ensemble Family Tradition, from Russia, and Armenia’s Kumayri folk dance group.

Others to appear at this year’s event are l’Arenilla from Spain, who perform songs, dances and traditional music of Valencia in 17th century costume and Swedish folk dance group, Leksands Folkdanslag.

Folk dance group Hai La Joc will perform with music ensemble Orkestar, both from the Netherlands, delivering Dutch music and dance.

The festival will also feature home-grown talent, with acts from the North East and Scotland.