Festival goers get into swing of things

Game for a laugh - Entertainers from the Bread and Butter Theatre Company with festival visitors.
Game for a laugh - Entertainers from the Bread and Butter Theatre Company with festival visitors.
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ST Helens was turned into a sea of exotic colours and sounds at last weekend’s International Festival.

Wherever shoppers looked there was something to see, as a mind-boggling array of street entertainers wound their way through the town centre.

The artists, from across Europe, Africa and Asia – all provided by Brouhaha International, the North West arts and cultural development agency – performed a vibrant mix of music, dance and street entertainment.

There were also art workshops for children to get involved in, while at Parish Church a poetry festival attracted scores of visitors.

Despite the typically British weather, council chiefs estimated that thousands of people turned out to enjoy the festivities.

In Victoria Square young music fans gathered for the VIBE urban music festival, headlined by “Tiny Dancer” sensation DJ Ironik.

He was supported by new music/dance TV stars Six–D, hip-hop favourites Aquablakk and Liverpool R’n’B favourites KOF and Chelcee Grimes, among many others.