Summer Arts Festival Underway in Larne

See what's still to come as ten days of 'Tall Tales' and creative activities continue across the East Antrim town this week

Larne's annual Summer Arts Festival has reached its halfway point, with five days of colourful going-on still ahead as the celebration continues on into this weekend.

The imaginative programme is themed around Tall Tales, bringing to life classic childhood reads through several storytelling events and local businesses competing with literature inspired window displays and in-store promotions.

Meanwhile artists from the East Antrim town have been working hard at creating special lamp post banners in a bid to bring a vibrant energy to the streets. There's also an exhibition of original works on display in the Visitor Information Centre.

This year's festival is far from finished however, with a number of highlight events happening at the weekend, including the free Carnival Parade on Saturday afternoon from 1.00 - 4.00pm. A host of local schools have helped put together the outdoor spectacle, which features eye-catching costumes, live music and performances, plus specialist cars, tractors and lorries on display.

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Paul Reid said: 'We have more groups taking part than ever before this year so it promises to deliver a feast for the senses for all ages and right across the town.

'From the Carnival to the Arts in the Park performances this weekend there really is something for everyone in the family to enjoy and it will truly be a great day out in Larne.'

Sunday's free Arts in the Park event is a celebration of the Borough's wealth of talent, whether it be artistic, literary or dramatic. There will be 'come and try it' art sessions, live music by Larne Music Yard, Zolene Mayberry and the Rod Paterson Swing Band, and storytelling and readings by Angeline King and Billy Teare.

That same afternoon Guardian-approved hair salon/design firm Crafty Belfast will be setting up shop so that residents can sample its full range of style-based services and speaking of style, there is even going to be specially created fashion show by the town's own renowned designer Geraldine Connon.

'I’m really excited to show off a selection of my couture pieces in my home town,' she said of the collection of day, occasion and bridal wear people can expect to see. ''I'll be showcasing my work alongside a variety of visual artists such as Jon Lashford, Miguel Neves, Laura Butler and Audrey Kyle to name a few.'

Finally, young theatre-lovers alike can journey down the rabbit hole and enjoy a fairytale party as C21 take the classic Alice in Wonderland to the street, or instead they might like to learn some circus skills and even create their own kites. Expect all this and more as the festivities roll on. For further information contact Larne Museum and Arts Centre on 028 2826 2443.