Cumbria is set to be transformed during September’s Lakes Alive festival which runs from 8-10 September 2017.

Lakes Alive offers a weekend of spectacular happenings in and around Kendal and wider Lake District National Park.

With the theme of “Cultural Landscapes” Lakes Alive showcases world class work in unexpected locations across the town and beyond.

Kendal Castle will host a beautiful field of light installation, the size of a football pitch, visible throughout the town. Created by artist Pete Johnson (pictured top), Shipping Forecast is one of the many highlights of the free festival.

Other work includes a sound intervention by south Cumbrian artist Dan Fox - Cymbria. This is a new piece created with the voices and sounds of Cumbria.

London-based Folk Dance Remixed, a collision of traditional and Hip Hop dance and music will delight audiences throughout the weekend along with several other contemporary dance companies.

Walk with Me is an adventurous walk and sound installation by Dutch composers Rob van Rijswijk and Jeroen Strijbos.

Visitors to Lakes Alive will experience vibrant illuminations, digital delights, intimate performances, amazing installations and spectacular happenings.

There are even rumours of a giant inflatable building appearing at the festival. So watch this space.

Other stunning art and participation activities will take place across the town including The Brewery Arts Centre, Abbot Hall, and Kendal Castle.

The hugely popular Jacobs Join will run again and Lakes Alive hopes it will become a local tradition which starts off the festival. The mass community get-together for food, drink, music, and merriment takes place alongside the River Kent.

More details of further artists and events are set to be revealed in the coming weeks.

Phillippa Haynes, Lakes Alive Festival Director said: “We are delighted to announce several aspects of the festival. We can’t wait to light up the castle area with Pete Johnson’s Shipping Forecast which is sure to be a fantastic spectacle.”

This year’s Lakes Alive is set to be particularly special as organisers hope its audience will be celebrating World Heritage Site Status for the Lake District National Park.

Phillippa added: “We are developing a fantastic programme which will appeal to families and art lovers alike.”

Lakes Alive is currently funded by Arts Council England, Lake District National Park, South Lakeland District Council, Kendal Town Council and Kendal BID

Kendals Love Art Workshops Will Provide Workshops With Merseyside Artist Michelle Wren Right As Part Of Lakes Alive
Kendal's Love Art Workshops will hook-up with Merseyside artist Michelle Wren for Lakes Alive 2017.
Dutch Composers Rob Van Rijswijk Pictured And Jeroen Strijbos Will Bring Walk With Me To Lakes Alive  Copy
Dutch composers Rob Van Rijswijk (pictured) and Jeroen Strijbos will bring Walk With Me to Lakes Alive
Folk Dance Remixed Will Appear At Lakes Alive Photo By Talie Eigeland Copy
Folk Dance Remixed will appear at Lakes Alive (Photo by Talie Eigeland)