Penryn’s heritage celebration Kemeneth - meaning 'community' in Cornish- is launching this year's events with a fantastic and flamboyant performance at the town's ancient port on Friday, May 26.

Swamp Circus and the Penryn Production Partnership will be transforming Exchequer Quay into the set for The Pirate Queen, a spectacular and awe-inspiring evening of performances of traditional and contemporary music, dance and acrobatics for all the family, inspired by Penryn’s maritime heritage and lots of historical references to Penryn's illustrious and colourful past.

The Pirate Queen will include performances from high-energy local band The Roustabouts, fresh from supporting the Three Daft Monkeys at Falmouth Pavilions, as well as the flamenco dance expert Claudia Caulin, international aerial dancer Lisa Trescott, traditional dance and street dance celebration from Tros an Tres Cornish dance group and musical cabaret from Helm de Vegas

For those who would like to know more about Kemeneth or get involved with the many and varied strands involved this year, there will be an exhibition of photos from last year’s successful event and opportunities to sign up for further information. These will cover everything from the Ordinalia show - a retelling of the Cornish mystery plays originally written at Glasney College- local film making,Penryn Women's History, or Herstory, story telling, giant puppet making, Cornish folklore, arts, crafts, music and street dance.

There is great food and drink, including the from the Fisherman's cafe, and a bar.

The event opens at 6pm on May 26, and entry is free.