Not long until curtain comes up on festival

Kajakas from Estonia.

Kajakas from Estonia.

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A spectacle of colour, culture, song and dance – there are just over two weeks to go until the start of the Alnwick International Music Festival.

And a diverse range of international acts are set to grace the stage at this year’s event, which runs from Saturday, August 3, to Saturday, August 10.

Global groups to perform at the festival – the 38th annual event – come from the Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, India, Mauritius, Slovenia, Taiwan and Togo.

The annual celebration of music and dance also welcomes acts from throughout the UK.

It all adds up to another exciting showcase.

Festival chairman Alan Symmonds said: “There is a wide variety of groups coming and you couldn’t have a more diverse group of people gracing the stage.

“It is also nice to be welcoming back friends, such as the Indian group, as well as having groups who are coming to the festival for the first time.

“Overall we are very pleased with the arrangements. We just hope that we can get the weather we are having at the moment.

“We are also looking for volunteers. We are quite a small committee and we would like to be a larger committee.”

The event attracts thousands of spectators each year and most of the action takes place on the Market Place stage.

But festival fans can see the groups in other places around the town.

Performances at Alnwick Castle and Alnwick Garden are scheduled each day – separate ticket entry required and weather permitting – and there are also a number of evening concerts in Alnwick Playhouse.

A major element of the event is the Children’s Festival and workshops (£1.50 each) are held throughout the week in the Town Hall.

Youngsters have the chance to join the groups on the main stage and a Children’s Festival passport is available.

Other highlights include the opening procession on the morning of August 3, weather permitting, a Festival Fringe event in the Market Place on August 9, at 6pm, and the St Michael’s Church flower festival from August 8 to August 11.