THE streets were filled with music as crowds turned out for the launch of a fortnight-long festival.
Brass: Durham International Festival began with a parade through Chester-le-Street as a singer and seven-piece band were carried through the town on-board a float decked out as a dog.
The Brassy Hound display included cabaret performers, with the carnival atmosphere continued with a concert by the Tongues of Fire.
Meanwhile in Durham, a host of bands performed for shoppers throughout the weekend as part of the Streets of Brass shows, which will be repeated as the festival comes to a close.
Brass will run until Sunday, July 22, with organisers Durham County Council promising 17 days of street performances, interactive art installations, community and educational activities and mass events.
Other performances include the Durham Miners’ Gala, held this Saturday, a German evening with the Durham Miners’ Association Brass Band and a piece of music played from memory which will be held against the backdrop of Victor Pasmore’s Apollo Pavilion in Peterlee and in Durham.
The full programme can be found at website www.brassfestival.co.uk.