MUSICAL friends from across the world will be performing at Durham City's annual festival this weekend.

Bayaraasaikhan Badansuren (known as Bayar), from Mongolia, and Paul Martin, from Esh Winning, have been regularly swapping ideas since meeting up at an international festival in Hungary last year.

Bayar, who plays a morin khuur, or horse head fiddle, which he carved himself, and Paul, a Northumbrian piper, will both will be dressed in traditional costumes and performing separately on Saturday.

Other acts, such as the Burnt Hickory Baptist Youth Choir from Atlanta in America and Korean dancers from the School of Worship Dancing, will also be performing at the Market Place, Palace Green and Millennium Place in front of the Gala Theatre.

Re-enactment group Regia Anglorum will be recreating Saxon life on Palace Green on both days. A medieval market will be re-enacted on Sunday in Market Place.

Items including jewellery, textiles, art, natural cosmetics and chocolate will be on sale at Durham Town Hall from 9.30am-5.30pm on both days.

Entry to the festival is free and a Park and Ride service will operate from County Hall, at only £1 per car, every five minutes on Saturday and every ten minutes on Sunday.