Thousands of visitors flocked to a Moray town to take part in the colourful spectacle of its annual Culture Day.
The festival, which took place at venues across Forres on Saturday, celebrated all aspects of art and included street performers, tours of local studios and a play based on local lives.
Early estimations are that the bash, which boasted 80 separate events and more than 200 performers, attracted about 3,000 visitors to the town.
Organisers Findhorn Bay Arts say those who attended hailed this year’s installment as the “best one yet”.
The group’s outreach manager, Jill Bird, said: “There were a lot of highlights, but people really seemed to love the ‘secret studios’ tour.
“It involved boarding a vintage bus, which was great fun, and visiting artists’ studios in and around Forres.”
Throughout the day people visiting the centre of the town were greeted by street performers enacting various roles.
Constable Sparky, a clowning policewoman character, kept youngsters entertained and artists spookily clad as the witches from Macbeth disconcerted some onlookers.
Meanwhile, the National Theatre of Scotland staged a production entitled To Begin, based on stories collected from the Forres area.
Ms Bird explained: “People from the theatre company have been in the area for roughly six months, gathering stories from members of the public.
“They then blended them together to create a drama, which also starred performers from local community groups.
“It was interesting for people to see their own stories reflected on stage.”
She added: “We think about 3,000, or possibly more, people attended and a few said to me they thought this was the best year yet.
“But next year we are significantly expanding the event, and we are now looking at ways to improve things further.”
National arts body Creative Scotland pledged Findhorn Bay Arts a £100,000 windfall earlier this year, a portion of which will go towards extending Culture Day to a four-day event in 2016.