A MUSIC and arts festival has awarded a Dales student with concert tickets after she impressed judges in an artwork competition.

Marri Baranasovic, in Year 6 at Hawes Primary School, won the competition organised by Swaledale Festival with her 'new and interesting' musical instrument.

Her entry was chosen as the winner from many entries of a high standard by renowned local artist Piers Browne.

Mr Browne said: "The use of colour and the level of creativity is really lovely, and I can see that Marri has spent a lot of time on her art piece."

Marri’s prize is a pair of tickets for any of Swaledale Festival’s 63 concerts and events. Her artwork will be displayed as part of a larger exhibition of Risedale Student’s work entitled Endangered Instruments, which can be viewed at the The Station Gallery, Richmond, throughout the annual two week festival, which runs from May 25 to June 8.

Swaledale Festival is a two week celebration of music, arts and walking in the Yorkshire Dales – events take place the length of breadth of Swaledale, Wensleydale and Arkengarthdale, and range from tiny church concerts in small villages, to big events at Tennant’s and the Influence Church in Richmond. The Swaledale Festival, a registered charity, has received several awards for its extensive community and education work.

Tickets start from £3 for those under 25.