From classical Indian folk dance to the cool, tropical sounds of steel drums from Mauritius – this year’s Alnwick International Music Festival is alive and kicking.
With the sun shining for most of the event so far, talented acts from around the world have turned up the heat further with a string of dazzling performances.
The town has been transformed into an entertaining mix of culture, song and performance from across the globe, with acts from India, Czech Republic, Estonia, Slovenia, Mauritius and Taiwan all gracing the Market Place stage.
These global groups have been joined by performers from the UK, who have also proved popular with the crowds.
Chairman Alan Symmonds is delighted with how things are going.
He said: “It has gone extremely well so far and the groups are doing a good job of representing the best of folk music. “The feedback from the groups is that they love Alnwick and they are enjoying themselves and there is a really good atmosphere.
“I must also praise the work that goes on behind the scenes, by the likes of the choreographers for example, who also make a fantastic contribution.
“We mustn’t forget the local groups either. They are an integral part of the festival and not an add on and they bring an amazing amount of talent to their performances.”
Groups from Togo and Georgia were unable to make it this year as planned.
“It is unfortunate but the groups that are here are more than compensating for the slight loss in the programme,” said Mr Symmonds.
The majority of the festival has been basked in sunshine, although the action was moved inside the Northumberland Hall on Monday as the rain came down.
Mr Symmonds said: “We started with extremely good weather and large crowds and the groups responded to the high audience numbers in the Market Place.
“We had to go into wet-weather mode on Monday but it was still successful and we had a small but select audience.”
Most of the performers are staying at Alnwick’s Duchess’s Community High School.
Mr Symmonds added: “The high school and catering team are keeping our people well-fed and happy and it is clear that our groups feel well provided for.”
Three days remain of this year’s festival, with the curtain coming down on Saturday.
“I would advise people to come along and enjoy world-class performances from home and abroad, and support us financially, or by volunteering or by offering support in kind,” said Mr Symmonds.
As well as performances in the Market Place, the groups will be appearing at Alnwick Castle and Garden, from 2pm. Separate ticket entry applies.
A new event takes place tomorrow, in the shape of a Fringe Festival in the Market Place, from 6pm, to give local talent the chance to perform on stage.
The Alnwick Garden is hosting an Indian-themed evening tomorrow with food from the country and entertainment by group Shilpagya.
St Michael’s Church, on the town’s Bailiffgate, is hosting a flower festival from today to Sunday.
A children’s festival, in the Town Hall, will continue over the next few days.
Meanwhile, Alnwick Playhouse is hosting evening performances tonight and tomorrow.
All three start at 7.30pm. For more details, visit www.alnwickplayhouse.co.uk