Lakes Alive 2019: A festival of amazing art & performance

Lakes Alive will return 6-8 of September 2019 with another packed programme of visual delights, fantastic performances and plenty of things to make and do.

This free festival is a firm favourite with locals and visitors with events taking place in and around Kendal, and satellite events happening across the wider Lake District National Park.

The Lake District National Park is excited to present its fourth Lakes Alive festival.

Stimulate your senses with performances, art and the unexpected. Come with the family, on your own or with friends but most of all, bring a sense of adventure and be prepared to be amazed!

This annual celebration continues to highlight the internationally significant cultural landscape of our National Park. Over the weekend thousands of people discover vibrant illuminations, wonder at digital delights and take part in spectacular happenings and performances.

Spectacular happenings / Magnificent landscapes

A festival of contemporary arts and making, in Kendal and the Lake District

6 – 8 September 2019 

Lakes Alive fourth free festival of contemporary arts and making and invites everyone to come and be inspired in our magnificent landscapes.

Lakes Alive returns to venues throughout Kendal, Brockhole on Windermere, Grizedale Forest and Grasmere with a daytime and evening programme of vibrant illuminations, digital delights, spectacular happenings and performances – dance, music and play – presented by international and British artists.

Artists, performers and musicians present a programme of events for you to hear, watch, take part in and be amazed by. Many have worked with local communities to develop unique commissions for this year’s festival.

Kendal’s annual outdoor dining experience of sharing, music, dance and merriment, Jacob’s Join, opens the festival on Friday 6 September along the Riverside behind Abbot Hall Park.

Last year hundreds of people enjoyed dancing and feasting with family, friends and strangers before parading up to Kendal Castle. This year sees the return of Bollywood favourite Bhangracise, as revellers dance into the night. Bring your own picnic to share or buy from one of the stalls offering a delicious array from Thai Kitchen, Yardies, Joeys Café, Kendal Creperie, SmokeBBQ and drinks from the pop-up bar, and, as they say, much much more. After dark the colourful Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band will lead the merry party onwards for an ‘Out of This World’ experience.

Then over the following two days let Congregation, a magic sonic sphere or the Heavy Metal Detectors, a cross-between walking tour and immersive rock performance lead you through the streets of Kendal, listen to poems composed for you at The Poetry Jukebox or stop a while at Colony, in a park that has been converted into a sonar landscape.

Kerry Powell, LDNP Director of Communications and Resources comments,

“The Lake District National Park is excited to be bringing its fourth Lakes Alive festival to Lake District. Each year we have been enthralled, captivated and entertained by some of the best contemporary art presented in our heritage town and living landscapes.

This year I have been particularly fascinated by the work being done by the Lakes Alive team and festival artists in our communities. I am looking forward to the stories produced by the 180 school children who have contributed to We Are Stardust, the performance of TOPOS by the Cumbrian Youth Dance in collaboration with Wired Aerial Theatre and to hearing Propellor Ensemble’s performance of Loom for which three local groups have been working with acclaimed composer and ensemble leader Jack McNeil to produce compositions inspired by the ensemble’s methods of capturing and interweaving local stories and sounds. These creative collaborations are evidence of just how Lakes Alive is connecting people throughout the Lake District.”

Lakes Alive Festival continues to contribute to Cumbria’s lively festival calendar and offers residents, visitors, curious families and art-lovers a different interpretation of our magnificent landscapes.

>> Full programme here

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Lakes Alive is a free event and wouldn’t be possible without the support of our funders and Partners: Arts Council England, Lake District National Park, South Lakeland District Council, Kendal Town Council, Kendal BID, Great Places, Without Walls, Granada Foundation, Cumbria Community Foundation, Westmorland Art Trust.