The streets of Belfast are set to come alive with some rather bizarre antics next month following the launch of this year's Festival of Fools.
The festival, now in its fifth year, will boast over 100 silly and surreal performances at the beginning of May, all aimed at celebrating the joy of not being sensible.
The popular event was launched this morning with a performance by Australian sisters Tutti Frutti, whose colourful acrobatic act will be one of the highlights on the programme for the weekend-long event.
"After five years, the Festival of Fools has become one of the highlights in the cultural calendar," said festival director Will Chamberlain.
"As our international reputation has grown, we have found that the cream of street performers are queuing up to take part.
"This year, we have a sensational surreal opening ceremony which sets the tone for five days of top notch physical comedy from around the world, which will be unmissable for anybody in Belfast's City Centre."
The festival kicks off on May 1 with a performance by the Insect Circus, which promises acrobatic ants, Captain Courage and a swarm of vespa wasps and butterflies on trapeze.
As well as the acrobatic antics of Tutti Frutti, the festival will also welcome Oz Star Airlines from the land down under.
They will present First Class In-flight Entertainment, with Stacey and Tracey the globe trotting hostesses who will juggle the in-flight merchandise, provide entertaining safety demonstrations and Hula Hoop until they take off.
There will be plenty of local talent as well, as Belfast Community Circus School presents its own ensemble show Spaced Out at Custom House Square on Sunday, May 4.
The festival, which runs until May 5, has been funded by Belfast City Council, the Department of Social Development and the National Lottery.
For further information on the festival visit www.foolsfestival.com