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This year's Lakes Alive Festival takes place on Friday 8th through to Sunday 10th September 2017.  

The weekend will offer intimate spectacular happenings across Kendal and wider Lake District National Park.

With the theme of “Cultural Landscapes” Lakes Alive will showcase world class art in unexpected locations.

A fantastic free programme of world class contemporary art spectacular happenings and participation brought to you by artists from home and abroad. 

Prepare to be amazed and entertained.  

Friday 8 September | 6-10pm and beyond.   

Lakes Alive presents Jacobs Join – a mass community get-together and dining experience, food, music, and merriment alongside the River Kent. Bring your own picnic or buy from local traders on site.   

Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 September | 10am-6pm and beyond.   

Explore the green spaces of Kendal as they are animated with art installations across 10 locations. Experience and take part in dance, music, poetry, theatre and specially created digital delights. 

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday dusk brings colour, atmosphere and wonder with light installations Shipping Forecast, Illumaphonium and Cymbria.  

Check out the full Lakes Alive line-up and programme


8 September 2017


Throughout Kendal, Cumbria

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Celebrating World Heritage Site status

The Lake District has long been a source of artistic inspiration and this was one of the three key reasons why it was inscribed as a World Heritage Site in July 2017.

The identity, inspiration and desire to look after this spectacular landscape combines to create an evolving masterpiece – the perfect backdrop against showcase our contemporary digital arts festival.

Lakes Alive will celebrate the Lake District’s World Heritage Site status, firmly establishing the area as a modern, cultural destination, deserving the ultimate accolade and international recognition of World Heritage status.

Find out more at lakesworldheritage.co.uk 


Lakes Alive 2017 launches with Jacob's Join on Friday 8 September...

Jacob's Join launches Lakes Alive 2017