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Lake District National Park is delighted to have presented this major new family friendly arts festival for Kendal. Our artists and performers took you to public spaces and hidden places you may not have seen before and you threw yourselves into the fun.

Kendal exploded over the August bank holiday weekend with vibrant illuminations, digital delights, intimate performances, amazing installations and spectacular happenings.

You explored brand new cultural experience and worked with international artists and established and emerging performers - or you just kicked back and enjoyed the music or bathed under the Moon. But however you choice to join in you have been telling us just how much you were thrilled by it all.

If you have any stories or photographs we would like you to share them with us on our Facebook page.


26 to 28 August 2016


Throughout Kendal, Cumbria

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Cultural Commissioning

We created and presented extraordinary work both indoors and out. Every two years we hope to commission a large-scale celebratory and participatory work. 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 explored Cumbria's contribution to aviation development. It included three evenings of live performances and an installation in the house and grounds of Brockhole on Windermere.

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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

We enjoyed a weekend of spectacular happenings

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