A mandolin orchestra from Germany are playing a concert in Sunderland.
The Mülheim Mandolin Orchestra - Mülheimer Zupforchester (MZO) - play the University of Sunderland North Shore Centre on Wednesday 1 April from 7.15pm.
Several members of the orchestra are from Sunderland's twin-town of Essen.
The Sunderland concert is alongside two performances in Darlington as this is the twin-town for Mülheim, which is close to Essen in North West Germany.
City Mayor Councillor Stuart Porthouse is hosting the orchestra before their Sunderland concert and said: "I understand they're very highly regarded and they have excelled in many international and national competitions.
"I think this is something a little different for everyone to come and enjoy. I've certainly never seen a mandolin orchestra so I'm very much looking forward to it.
"I'm sure the group is going to be well-received with plenty of North East hospitality."
The MZO has toured Italy, France, Poland and Israel previously and their repertoire runs from the renaissance to the modern era with re-worked versions of pop songs and film scores.
The Mülheimer Zupforchester tour is supported by the German Foreign Office and the Goethe Institut.