About Us

Lakes Alive is an annual programme centred on Kendal, extending outwards to the wider Lake District National Park. It will reflect and celebrate the people and beautiful landscape; actively promoting Lake District National Park as it bids for World Heritage status in 2017 through a range of art forms and spectacular happenings. 


26 to 28 August 2016


Kendal, Cumbria

Geraldine Pilgrims Flight Main Image Photo Hugo Glendinning

Cultural Commissioning

We create and present extraordinary work both indoors and out. Every two years we commission a large-scale celebratory and participatory work whose theme will inform the Festival programme. The first of our biennial commissions was Flight by The Geraldine Pilgrim Company with 14-18 Now who lead the national programme of World War One. Flight by Geraldine Pilgrim Company explores Cumbria's contribution to aviation development. It included three live performances and a installation in the house and grounds of Brockhole on Windermere.

La Holding Page 2 With Logo


Lakes Alive is an annual arts festival in which to be inspired, join in and discover something new.  The thriving and vibrant market town of Kendal is the heart of the festival and becomes the backdrop to a range of contemporary visual art exhibitions, new digital commissions and spectacular happenings including performance and installation. 

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Get involved

Central to Lakes Alive is putting you right at the heart of the action. We have a range of opportunities for you to take part, from performing to documenting or being front of house. Connect with us and let's grow together.

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Lake District’s bid for World Heritage status

The Lake District has long been a source of artistic inspiration and is one of the central themes of the 2017 bid for World Heritage status. The identity, inspiration and desire to look after this spectacular landscape combines to create an evolving masterpiece – the perfect backdrop against which to launch a new, contemporary digital arts festival. Lakes Alive will help firmly establish the area as a modern, cultural destination, deserving the ultimate accolade and international recognition of World Heritage status.

Add your support to the bid and find out more at lakesworldheritage.co.uk

Tickets to the launch of Lakes Alive coming soon