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WILL you be going to Sunderland Folk Festival?

MUSIC fans will be treated to Sunderland’s first folk festival this summer.

Clog dancers, violinists and singers gathered at the city’s National Glass Centre to mark the launch of Sunderland Folk Festival 2011.

The event – the biggest of its kind in the North East – has been organised by Sunderland City Council, Phoenix Folk and The Davy Lamp Folk Group and will run from August 27 to 29.

Events will be split across city venues including Mowbray Park, the National Glass Centre and Independent.

Coun John Kelly, Sunderland City Council portfolio holder for safer city and culture, said: “There was a gap in events in August and we wanted to come up with something new.

“The festival will be the biggest folk festival in the North East. We’re hoping to reach people around the city but also for areas like Cumbria, to bring people into Sunderland for the festival.”

Do you think you will go to any of the events?