EACH YEAR, the colour and excitement of the Eisteddfod spreads into the streets of Llangollen.

On Friday, there was a real multicultural celebration as people from all over the world joined together for the colourful Parade of Nations display.

Visitors also joined in with the fun as international performers, dressed in their traditional costumes, marched through the picturesque town.

Llangollen International Eisteddfod patron Terry Waite MBE led the parade, followed by hundreds of others from several different nations.

The likes of the Real Folk Cultural International Academy and the Honk Kong Welsh Male Voice Choir took part in the parade, which proved to be the highlight of Friday's events.

Llangollen Eisteddfod was established in 1947 as a means of uniting nations through music.

On Friday, the festival showcased music from all over the world with performances of intercultural song and dance taking place all around the field.

Lively marimba band Otto & The Mutapa Calling treated guests to the energetic, joyful music from Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe whilst Mambo Jambo wtook them on an exciting and joyous musical journey with a mash-up of sounds from world, roots, folk and jazz.

The pavilion was jammed full with international sights and sounds with the Adult Folk Song Choirs, Choreographed/Stylised Folk Dance, Youth Choirs, Traditional Folk Dance, Open Folk Solo and Young Instrumentalist categories.

On the three Outside Stages, dance workshops were held with NEW Dance throughout the day and blues, roots, folk and soulful acoustic music from soloists Sonya Smith, Leonie Anne Kirby and Ragsy. The field came alive once more with lots of world music, International Groups, Circus skills with Panic Circus and much more.