Lakes Alive 2017: A Weekend of Spectacular Happenings

Illumaphonium is coming to Lakes Alive 2017 - photo Anthony Chappell-Ross for English Heritage A special light installation will be located at Kendal Castle for Lakes Alive (photo Dave Willis) Dutch composers Rob van Rijswijk (pictured) and Jeroen Strijbos will bring Walk With Me to Lakes Alive Kendal's Love Art Workshops will provide workshops with Merseyside artist Michelle Wren (right) as part of Lakes Alive The Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal Abbot Hall Art Gallery will host activities for Lakes Alive 2017, photo by Tony West

Prepare to be wowed once again as Lakes Alive returns to Cumbria from 8 – 10 September.

The Lakes Alive festival promises a wonderful weekend of spectacular happenings in and around Kendal and the wider Lake District National Park. Working with the theme of ‘Cultural Landscapes’, this year’s festival will be showcasing world-class creativity in unexpected locations across the town and beyond.

Visitors to Lakes Alive will experience vibrant illuminations, digital delights, intimate performances and amazing installations. There are even rumours of a giant inflatable building appearing at the festival.

So bring along your creative curiosity and experience a line-up of exceptional entertainment!


Kendal Castle light fantastic

Kendal Castle will host a beautiful field of light installation, the size of a football pitch, visible throughout the town. Created by artist Pete Johnson, Shipping Forecast is just one of the many highlights of the free festival.

Sounds of Cymbria

Other work includes a sound intervention by south Cumbrian artist Dan Fox – Cymbria – an intriguing new piece created with the voices and sounds of Cumbria.

Dance + music delights

London-based Folk Dance Remixed, a collision of traditional and Hip Hop dance and music, will delight audiences throughout the weekend along with several other contemporary dance companies.

Walk + sound adventure

Walk with Me is an adventurous walk and sound installation by Dutch composers Rob van Rijswijk and Jeroen Strijbos.

Other Lakes Alive events in Kendal

The hugely popular Jacobs Join will run again and Lakes Alive hopes it will become a local tradition which starts off the festival. The mass community get-together for food, drink, music and merriment takes place alongside the River Kent.

Other stunning art and participation activities will take place across the town including the Brewery Arts Centre, Abbot Hall, and Kendal Castle. Lakes Alive is also working with Merseyside artist Michelle Wren and Kendal’s Love Art workshops to create fantastic art with the community throughout the festival.

More details of further artists and events are set to be revealed in the coming weeks – find out more on the Lakes Alive website

Folk Dance Remixed will be performing at Lakes Alive 2017
Folk Dance Remixed will be performing at Lakes Alive 2017