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'Big' Falkirk weekend kicks off

Kissmet, a band of Indian and English musicians
Kissmet, a band of Indian and English musicians, were one of the attractions

The ninth Big in Falkirk multi-arts festival has kicked off.

The free weekend, held at the town's Callendar Park, features performances by artists from all over the world.

This year's programme includes performances from 70s favourites 10cc as well as dance artists Nutkhut and pyrotechnicians The World Famous.

Organisers of the event said it would be one of the most exciting and diverse ever. Last year's festival attracted more than 100,000 people.

The music line-up, which in the past has included acts such as Orson, McFly and Snow Patrol, will feature The Levellers, the Complete Stone Roses and Day of Days.

The town's provost Pat Reid said: "Big in Falkirk brings together a fabulous mix of street theatre, music and family entertainment and always manages to impress the tens of thousands of visitors who attend each year.

"It has established itself as a truly international festival with artists keen to come to Falkirk from across the world and present some amazing visual performances."

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