A new festival celebrating the culture and heritage of the North East has been launched in Stockton.
A press call for the event took place this morning ahead of the festival - which is due to take place in June.
More than 150 events will take place across the region to celebrate art, industry and history.
Highlights will include a cliff-top foghorn concert and a tribute to the Angel of the North.
The festival is also set to coincide with the return of the Lindisfarne Gospels.
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