Introducing 5 minutes with… Julie Tait..
Who is… a festival organiser, outdoor and indoor, now focussing on Kendal as a location and comics as the medium at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival.
Tell us more… I previously organised Mintfest, Kendal’s International Street Art Festival, which is being “re-invented” at the moment and taking a pause in 2015, but hoping to be back in 2016. I also organised Lakes Alive, Cumbria’s contribution to the London 2012 programme which involved all sorts of weird and wonderful outdoor arts events right across the Lake District. Now I am immersed in the wonderful world of comic and graphic novel art with the Lakes International Comic Art Festival.
Why is this special to you… Because these Lakes cultural events all takes place in beautiful, quirky and intriguing locations and are largely free, so accessible to people of all ages and tastes and involves working with amazing artists who are talented, generous, witty and inspired/inspiring!
What can audiences expect… the Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2015 promises to provide great art, humour, beauty, awe-inspiring work, a real buzz and a refreshing break from the old routine.
If you could name only 3 unmissable cultural hot spots or events in the Lakes – what would they be… First would be The Brewery Arts Centre – a phenomenon for a market town of the size of Kendal. Then I would choose Kendal Mountain Festival where the same applies – KMF really is a world-leader. Up third is C-Art as I think it gives a sense/experience of the incredible range and density of high quality work by individual artists living and working in the Lakes… not forgetting Blackwell (a sneaky number 4!) which is a stunning house in a stunning location.
In a nutshell how would you describe the cultural offer in the Lakes… A special mix of historic and contemporary with incomparable backdrop/s.
And after a cultural adventure in the Lakes, where would be your ideal place to eat or stay… Drunken Duck near Ambleside, L’Enclume in Cartmel and Baba Ganoush Canteen in Kendal.
And we just have to ask.. if you could choose one view in the Lakes where would that be… From the windows of Blackwell Arts & Crafts House over Windermere or from Kendal Castle (really!) to the central Lakes.
The Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2015 takes place between 16-18 October
To enjoy this cultural event and much more, book your break in the Lake District here