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The fourth Folkestone Triennal features work by Angel of the North creator Antony Gormley

By KentOnline reporter

A nine-week arts festival bringing work by some of the world's best-known artists to Kent starts today.

The Folkestone Triennial is back after a three-year break and continues until Sunday, November 5.

Among the items due to spring up in the town are metal men staring out to sea by Antony Gormley who created the Angel of the North.

Antony Gormley's statue in Folkestone's Harbour Arm Picture Thierry Bal

Antony Gormley's statue in Folkestone's Harbour Arm Picture: Thierry Bal

Two of the figures will feature - one in the Half Tide Loading Bay on the leeward side of the Harbour Arm and the other on Sunny Sands beach.

Works by artists from Kent and further afield will be found in public spaces and other nooks and crannies.

The official opening took place this morning in Old High Street. Today marks the first day of an exhibition, On the Edge, at Folkestone Quarterhouse.

Michael Criag-Martin's Lightbulb has been commissioned in Folkestone Picture Thierry Bal

Michael Criag-Martin's Lightbulb has been commissioned in Folkestone Picture: Thierry Bal

Other attractions over the nine weeks will include walks, talks, workshops and study days.

For more, see our comprehensive What's On round-up.

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