CHILDREN and young people across Worcestershire will be able to celebrate their creative achievements with the return of the popular Voices and Visions arts festival.

Now in its 16th year, Worcestershire County Council's Arts Department festival runs from tomorrow (Friday) until Sunday, June 15 at Worcester Cathedral.

The festival, which will include an art exhibition, has a diverse programme and will see more than 70 schools exhibit visual Art on the theme of Heroes and Inspiration.

The exhibition is open to the public during normal Cathedral hours of 8am to 6pm and admission is free.

During the festival, youngsters, schools and colleges across the county will be able to exhibit, perform and celebrate their creative achievements.

Steve Wilson, County Arts Officer, said: "We are tremendously proud of the Voices and Visions festival. Now entering its 16th year, it has gained national recognition for its quality and diversity.

"To get this amount of participation from schools is a fantastic achievement and speaks volumes of the way in which arts are valued within the county."

For details of all these events, call Diane Thomson at Worcestershire County Council's Elgar Centre on 01905 756 770 or email .