The Stockton International Riverside Festival kicked off in spectacular style last night as it celebrates its 26th year on Teesside.
The event, which continues over the weekend, includes everything from stunning show to small intimate experiences.
It is estimated that the festival boosts the town's economy by more than a million pounds and attracts 70,000 visitors every year.
More top news
After last week's hot weather there is a very different feel to things this week.
Hartlepool sisters Liv'n'G have recorded Smile For Bradley to raise money for the Bradley Lowery Foundation
A car crash during Eid celebrations in Newcastle has left one child in 'critical condition', and another child and adult remain in hospital.