A packed programme of events at an arts centre in Leek helped to celebrate peace at the weekend.
The event at the Foxlowe Arts Centre also marked the centenary of the First World War.
Singers, songwriters, musicians, artists, writers, poets and performance readers joined forces to take part in '1914-2014 – In Celebration of Peace'.
On Saturday, April 5, there was a day of music with sing-a-rounds and harmony singing workshops in the afternoon led by former Mikron theatre director Janet Russell and an evening concert headlined by Janet who has worked professionally on the folk scene for more than 30 years. Janet was supported by local artists including The Bird Scarers, Rick Ford, Pete Shirley and Herbs and Leekies. Sunday afternoon was devoted to the spoken word with readings from Roger Elkin, Pamela Brough Sandiford, Dave Bell and Phil Edmeades, a Meet the Readers and Writers session, plus films from local and national archives.
The Sunday evening concert began with readings and performances by local poets and writers, The Packhorse Poets, Borderland Voices and Leek Writers. This was followed by the premiere of 'Journeys - scenes in songs, images and film', Rick Ford's new show produced in collaboration with documentary film maker Prof. Ray Johnson.
Jointly organised by Leek Quakers, Foxlowe Arts Centre, Foxlowe Sessions, Peace Through Folk and the British Legion, the weekend was intended to celebrate and promote peace, reconciliation and goodwill.