Street theatre, circus, music and pyrotechnics from all over the world are taking over part of Teesside.
The Stockton International Riverside Festival, which is celebrating its 26th year in action, started in spectacular fashion last night, and continues over the weekend.
Watch the full report from Julie Harrison below.
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