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Lakes Alive, an arts festival, will take place in Kendal, Cumbria for the second time when it returns to the town this year from 8th to 10th September.

The free event will offer a weekend of what event organisers describe as ‘spectacular happenings’ in and around Kendal and the wider Lake District National Park.

This year’s event will have the theme ‘Cultural Landscapes’ and will showcase art in unexpected locations across the town.

Last year around 20,000 people attended Lakes Alive. Visitors experienced vibrant illuminations, digital delights, intimate performances, and art installations.

Highlights included Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon installation; Jacob’s Join – a unique community dining experience; BirdHIVE, a virtual reality flight through Lake District landscapes; and artist Nele Azeved working with the community to produce Minimum Monument, an installation involving 3,500 frozen ice figures at Kendal Castle.

Much of the same can be expected at the 2017 event. Further details will be released later in the summer.

Further information: the team

A team of four people will build, deliver and promote the festival. Phillippa Haynes has been appointed as festival director, Netty Miles is the festival producer, Holly Goodfellow from Cockermouth, is the partnerships and engagement manager, and Dickie Felton from Arnside is the marketing and PR manager.

Phillippa said: “We are excited about delivering a brilliant arts festival in and around Kendal that celebrates landscape, people and place. And this year is particularly special as we hope to be celebrating World Heritage Site Status for the Lake District National Park.

“We are developing a fantastic programme for Lakes Alive which will see world class contemporary art in locations across Kendal. We will be working with artists from Cumbria and across Europe.”

More information about the festival can be found at