A TWO-week arts festival launched on Friday last week with performances from groups from around Rutland.
Oakham Festival kicked off its fortnight of events with a launch party in Oakham Castle, which was attended by just under 200 arts lovers from around the county.
The guests were entertained by three routines from The Dance Studios Oakham and a selection of songs from the D’Ukes of Rutland.
The patron of Oakham Festival Caroline Aston welcomed the guests and opened the festival.
As well as arts and entertainment, visitors were treated to a buffet of green and orange nibbles to represent the Rutland county colours.
The High Sheriff of Rutland Bart Hellyer drew the prize draw for tickets to the funky tent weekend, which will take place at the castle this weekend, starting tonight.
Events will start at 8pm tomorrow with And All That Jazz followed by Fun, Frolica and Fair, The Volkwagon Cabriolet Club and music from The Houndogs on Saturday.
Anyone who is attending can enter the Oakham Festival photography competition.
Festival-goers are being asked to take photos of festival events and they could win £50 and have their photos used for publicity next year.
Forms for the competition and information about all of the events at this year’s festival are available to download at www.oakhamfestival.co.uk or from Music & More in Melton Road, Oakham.