A FAMILY music and arts festival will be returning to County Durham this month.

Newcastle-based musicians Hannabiell Sanders and Yilis del Carmen Suriel are bringing a taste of Africa to Barnard Castle by hosting the fourth Harambee Pasadia: Afro Fusion music and camping festival over the May Bank Holiday weekend (Friday May 27 to Monday May 30).

This year's theme is get out of the city and the event promises a lively mix of music, food, fun and arts for all ages at TCR The Hub, where festival goers can camp for the four-day extravaganza.

The event is supported by the Arts Council with the couple promising it to be the biggest yet.

Ms Sanders said: "Harambee Pasadia is not a normal gig where artists just turn up and play; our vision is to create a community and networks of artists, thinkers, activists, community leaders, and volunteers that can come together, inspire one another, and work together in a sustainable way."

The festival features acts from around the world including Hot 8 Brass Band from New Orleans, Iya Sako, Mungo's Hi Fi, Uplifting Grooves DJ Tom Caulker, Hot Diamond Aces and of course, Hannabiell & Midnight Blue.

Families can get stuck into free workshops during the day, ranging from West African and Samba drumming to zumba, salsa, Afro-Cuba and African American step dancing, and canoeing, high ropes and arts and crafts.

There will also be a choice of food and drink, a fireworks display on the Sunday evening and a collaboration on Bank Holiday Monday with the traditional Barnard Castle Meet, adding Afro-fusion sights and sounds to the costume and float parade through the town.

Tickets cost £65 per adult or £30 for under 18s which includes camping at The Hub. Day tickets are available from £35 and under fives are free.

For more information and to book tickets visit harambeepasadia.com

Tickets can also be purchased from the TCR Hub.