Dancing for joy at sunny Beeston Festival

Beeston Festival. Exotic belly dancing from Egyptia.
4th June 2016.
Picture : Jonathan Gawthorpe

Beeston Festival. Exotic belly dancing from Egyptia. 4th June 2016. Picture : Jonathan Gawthorpe

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Music and entertainment from around the world was on show at Cross Flatts Park as the sun came out for the annual Beeston Festival.

A carnival parade inspired by the upcoming Rio Olympic Games took place before the festivities began on Saturday.

Beeston Festival. Dynamite cheerleaders from Middleton.
4th June 2016.
Picture : Jonathan Gawthorpe

Beeston Festival. Dynamite cheerleaders from Middleton. 4th June 2016. Picture : Jonathan Gawthorpe

Once the event was under way, more than 100 stalls selling an array of worldly goods, a diverse live music line-up along with a fun fair and sporting activities brought the park to life.

Among the music acts performing across the event’s two stages were Cossack folk-punk band The Ukranians, Leeds-based seven-piece Cuban salsa band Tarantismo, reggae influenced band Mojah, the Silver Steel Sparrows and Hindi and Bollywood soloist Sumana Basu.

Beeston Festival. A lady dances as she watches Songo Drumming perform.
4th June 2016.
Picture : Jonathan Gawthorpe

Beeston Festival. A lady dances as she watches Songo Drumming perform. 4th June 2016. Picture : Jonathan Gawthorpe

Beeston Festival. Songo Drumming perform.
4th June 2016.
Picture : Jonathan Gawthorpe

Beeston Festival. Songo Drumming perform. 4th June 2016. Picture : Jonathan Gawthorpe

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