When: 30th August – 1st September 2013
Where: Kendal, Cumbria
£: Most shows and events are free
What is it?
The streets of Kendal will burst into life with three days of imaginative and entrancing outdoor performances at this year’s Mintfest International Festival of Street Arts.
Lakes Alive’s showcase street arts festival features fireworks, contemporary dance, circus, comedy, music, acrobatics, surreal cookery, a huge plant and zombies. The performances will take place on the streets and parks of the town and most of the shows are free and suitable for all the family.
Highlights of the festival include two Catalan contemporary circus acts. Escalarta’s show Devoris Causa is a surreal performance with vegetables, music, knives and puppets; Maiurta by Los Gallindos is a performance from an eccentric clown, acrobat and juggler, featuring live music, flour and dough.
Dance legends Bad Taste Company are set to wow audiences with their show Faust. This reimagining of Goethe’s tale is set in a 1920’s speakeasy, and the show is a unique fusion of break dancing, lindy hop, charleston, and the big band music of the roaring 20′s.
Following a very popular show at Mintfest last year, Tilted are back with Fragile. The performance, which is set in a rooftop garden, combines trampoline, tightrope walking, dance and physical theatre.
The Mintfest finale, by Pa Boom, will see Kendal Castle lit up by a dazzling firework and light show which will leave the audience convinced that pigs really can fly.
Another stand out act will be Lost in Translation’s Ballad de Bergerac, inspired by early science fiction and the life and times of Cyrano de Bergerac. It brings together spectacular aerial techniques and a steampunk-inspired mechanical set to create big cinematic imagery and a distinctively wacky world.
Strolling acts include Chercheur de Memoires by Cie L’Elephant Vert, a sound collector who travels through the town listening to the sound-memories buried inside urban objects, and Gijs Van Bon, with Skryf the Sandwriter, who leaves a stream of letters behind him.
Local talent, the Fairly Famous Family, from Ambleside, will present their unique cookery demonstration, the Liver Cottage Mobile Kitchen. They create ‘fusion food on the move’ blending home grown ingredients with food foraged from the streets and the audience. Their signature dish “Pan fried pizza crusts with medallions of air-dried chewing gum” has been hailed by the critics as “ground-breaking”, “audacious” and “chewy”.
More info: www.lakesalive.org/mint-fest