When: 8th – 10th September 2017
Where: Kendal, Cumbria
What is it?
Cumbria is set to be transformed for Lakes Alive, which runs from Friday 8th to Sunday 10th September.
Lakes Alive offers a weekend of spectacular happenings in and around the historic market town of Kendal and the wider Lake District National Park. This free festival of contemporary art aims to appeal to families and art lovers alike, showcasing world-class work in unexpected locations.
The event will launch with Jacob’s Join at 6pm on the Friday, a unique Cumbrian dining experience taking place alongside the River Kent. Visitors can bring their own picnic or buy from one of the street vendors. Desperate Men will host the Jacob’s Join, while folk band Mazurka and Worldbeaters Spark! provide the musical entertainment.
During the weekend Kendal Castle will be all aglow with Shipping Forecast, a light installation by artist Pete Johnson. Darkness will deliver the most impact of this stunning piece. Also at the castle, artist Richard Shilling will be creating a fantastic land-art piece. Large-scale and set high on the hill, it will be seen from afar.
Cumbrian sound artist Dan Fox brings Cymbria, a new piece created with the voices and sounds of Cumbria and inspired by the River Kent.
Dance will be a feature of this year’s programme, with London-based Folk Dance Remixed, a collision of traditional and hip hop dance and music, set to delight audiences throughout the weekend. They will perform alongside northern companies AbouTime Dance and Hawk Dance Theatre who will bring traditional and contemporary dance to the streets of Kendal.
Acclaimed environmental artist Steve Messam will be bringing a stunning and audacious new commission to the festival.
The big international commission is called To Travel and To Matter, an adventurous walk and sound installation by Dutch composers Strijbos & Van Rijswijk with poet Jacob Polley. This will be located in Grasmere and Elterwater on walking trails and open fells. To Travel and To Matter uses Strijbos and Van Rijswijk’s digital app Walk With Me to move the listener at their own pace through a glorious landscape and to create a unique and dramatic experience on the route.
Lakes Alive brings together artists from home and abroad. This festival of making, exploring and seeing is set to transform spaces and transform audiences. Art and participation activities will take place across Kendal town centre at The Brewery Arts Centre, Abbot Hall Park, Riverside Walk, Castle Howe, Shakespeare Centre, The Factory and Kendal Castle.
The Factory will be a hive of activity throughout the weekend with dozens of artists throwing open their studios. A series of talks and films from the world’s spectacular landscapes will also take place at the Shakespeare Centre.
More info: lakesalive.co.uk