Folklore fans gathered Friday in the Georgian Black Sea resort city of Batumi to participate in the 11th annual International Folklore Festival.
The three-day festival drew folklorists from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, China, Georgia, Poland, Slovakia, Turkey and Ukraine.
This year's performance started with a parade from the Black Sea front to the downtown Batumi Drama Theater where participants of all ages demonstrated their passion for their national folklore.
Each nation and ethnic nationality has its own proud tradition and folk songs and dances that amused and enchanted the audience and performers.
The first-day performance lasted almost five hours in a packed theater.
The partisan Batumi spectators hailed their local performers and also gave generous applause to the foreign participants.
China sent a delegation to the festival for the first time this year. The Chinese delegation included 12 middle school students from northwestern China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
Their performance of a Kazakh folk dance drew loud applause and appreciation.
The festival will continue on Saturday.