Lakes Alive is back for 2018!
Lakes Alive returns for 2018
9 to 10 September 2017
See info page for exact times.
Stuart Atkinson, BlueJam Arts, Rob van Rijswijk from To Travel and to Matter
78 Highgate, Kendal LA9 4HE
The Shakespeare Centre has a lift for wheelchair users
Talks and films from the world's spectacular landscapes.
The Shakespeare Centre will be hub for inspiring talks and films from some of the festival artists and experts.
Enjoy film that celebrates the most beautiful of the landscapes around us.
BlueJam arts will also be present with a creative workshop. Make and create a story with shadow puppets, improvised music and film that explores the landscape and its stories. All ages welcome. BlueJam Arts is a dynamic hub for music and arts in North Cumbria.
The fantastic BlueJam session will involve making and creating a story with shadow puppets, improvised music and film that explores the landscape and our place within it.
Using the skyline as a starting point we will create a soundscape with voices and instruments, write words that explore how many footsteps it takes to leave home, and use our outlines as a way to draw ourselves into the landscape.
Jilly will use her experience as choir leader to get everyone using their voice or instrument and Kate will facilitate spontaneous drawing from the ideas generated by the group as the story develops.
All welcome - this is an intergenerational workshop aimed at adults with or without accompanying children.
Join Starman Stuart Atkinson as he explores the biggest landscape of all - Space.
Astronomer Stuart Atkinson will deliver two talks during the weekend on Saturday at 1pm and on Sunday at 2pm.
He will take Lakes Alive audiences on a tour of the night sky, the "Secret Landscape" of the Lakes. Aimed at the absolute beginner, and illustrated with many beautiful images of the night sky taken by Stuart himself - including many taken at Kendal Castle, the site of one of Lakes Alive's major art installations - this special presentation will explain what stars are, how they form constellations in the sky, and how the night sky changes during the year. There will be advice about how people can see amazing things in the sky - planets, the Moon, shooting stars and more - without a telescope, and will bring the night sky to life.
Stuart said: "There will be advice about how people can see amazing things in the sky - planets, the Moon, shooting stars and more - without a telescope, and will bring the night sky to life.
"The Lake District is famous around the world for its beautiful landscapes and scenery. Visitors and tourists love spending days walking its fells, strolling around its lakes and exploring its towns and villages. But after the Sun has set *another* landscape appears, one many people in the Lakes - visitors and residents alike - aren't aware of and have never explored: the night sky.
"Although it is not as dark as more famous places such as the Scottish Highlands, Northumbria and mid-Wales, Cumbria has much less light pollution than most parts of the UK, so on those rare nights when the clouds part and the rain stops, the night sky is a beautiful sight.
"In fact, on a clear night in some parts of Cumbria so many stars are visible that as they walk back to their hotels or B&Bs after a long day of sightseeing and shopping, visitors from towns and cities are amazed by the view above their heads, and see things they have never seen before, such as shooting stars, the Milky Way, and sometimes even the northern lights..."
After both talks there will be an opportunity to see and hold some rare and valuable meteorites - real rocks from space.
You can follow Stuart on Twitter. Photo of Kendal Castle by Stuart Atkinson
Free talks and films exploring landscapes across the earths land and Sky
SATURDAY 9 September
10AM Britain on Film: Rural Life an evocative exploration of the countryside of the UK, taking in the diverse and beautiful landscapes of all our home nations
11AM FILM: Baraka a transcendent global tour of 6 continents exploring the sites and sounds of the human condition like nothing you’ve ever seen or felt before. (97mins 12+)
1PM TALK: Stuart Atkinson Join Starman Stuart Atkinson as he explores the biggest landscape of all - space
2PM WORKSHOP: Against the Sky Make and create a story with shadows, improvised music and film that explores the landscape and our place within it. Using the skyline as a starting point to create soundscapes with voices and instruments, words that explore how many footsteps it takes to leave home, and use outlines as a way to draw ourselves into the landscape. All welcome.
4PM PERFORMANCE: Against the Sky
SUNDAY 10 September:
10AM Britain on Film: Coast & Sea Travel round our gorgeous varied coast, filmed throughout the 20th century from 1901 to 1978
12 NOON FILM: Samsara Non verbal masterpiece filmed over across five continents inspired by breath taking images that infuse the ancient with the modern, set against a mesmerising score. (102 mins 12+)
2PM TALK: Stuart Atkinson Join Starman Stuart Atkinson as he explores the biggest landscape of all - space
3PM TALK: To Travel and to Matter Rob Van Rijswijk producer of the Festival’s site specific installation at Grasmere/Elterwater gives a unique talk on the inspirations and methods behind creating this digital piece.
Also at Shakespeare Centre: Look out for fantastic short films by BlueJam Arts and Stone Meets Sky broadcast throughout the weekend
The Shakespeare Centre :78 Highgate, Kendal LA9 4HE (opposite Brew Brothers Highgate)