Traditional hand painted kites scattered the sky as the Museum of Lancashire launched its latest exhibition.
The silk and paper dragons, birds and butterflies flew over the city as part of the Dancing with the Wind project at the Stanley Street attraction which has been developed in partnership with the University of Central Lancashire Confucius Institute.
A spokeman for the museum said: “Kites are a significant part of Chinese culture and, for hundreds of years, kite flying has been thought to bring good luck , prosperity and to ward off evil spirits.
“Today, kite flying is a pasttime enjoyed by many and the vibrant collection at the museum represents both traditional designs and modern adaptations.”
Prof Liying Zhang, from the University of Bangor, and Michael Devaney, chairman of Lancashire County Council, helped to launch the exhibition that will run until June 8.
The museum is free to visit and is open Tuesday-Saturday 10.30am - 5pm and Sundays 12pm - 5pm. For more information contact 01772 534 075.