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Lake District National Park is delighted to present a major new family friendly arts festival for Kendal – taking you to public spaces and hidden places you may not have seen before.

Kendal is set to explode this bank holiday weekend with vibrant illuminations, digital delights, intimate performances, amazing installations and spectacular happenings.

You are invited to explore brand new cultural experience by working with international artists and established and emerging performers - or you can just kick back and enjoy the fun for free.

Lakes Alive will run over the bank holiday weekend from 26 to 28 August. All daytime activities are free.


26 to 28 August 2016


Throughout Kendal, Cumbria

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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 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

You are invited to enjoy a weekend of spectacular happenings

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