We’re excited to announce Lakes Alive will be returning this September with a vibrant programme of contemporary work and happenings across Kendal. The festival will take place across Kendal from 7th September to 9th September and this year the festival has taken inspiration from the living landscape and the elements. With Festival Director, Philippa Haynes commenting:

“We hope that our diverse program of art, dance, music, performance and merriment – will be a festival for you to see, listen, watch, make, take part in and be amazed by.

We want Lakes Alive to  stimulate the senses and create time and space to pause for thought. Come along, dip your toe in or dive in head first. Bring the family, bring a friend and bring a sense of fun.”

The 2018 Programme

The exciting 2018 programme will begin on Friday 7th September with the annual and ever-popular Jacobs’s Join – a community dining experience on the banks of the River Kent. This will be followed by a specially commissioned community performance bringing together over 80 drummers in a colossal meeting of the elements Thunder. The procession will lead everyone up to Kendal Castle where you will find this year’s extraordinary installation – Chorus.

The entertainment continues throughout the weekend with a ‘promenade trail’ of spectacular moments through Kendal – at times fast paced, joyous and lively and at other times gentle, quiet and reflective. Some will get you moving – like Harvest, a high energy introduction to Bhangra, some are more thought provoking – like All at Sea, where you will join a lone boatman as he rows gently through the tides of the world around us accompanied by his own personal storm.

These are just a couple of examples of what you can expect from the overflowing 2018 programme. Discover the full 2018 line-up.


There are lots of opportunities for volunteers to help, meet new people and be part of this years’ team. Whether you can spare a couple of hours, or a couple of weeks, get in touch with Holly on 01539792610 or email lakesalive@lakedistrict.gov.uk.

About Lakes Alive

Lakes Alive is a free event and wouldn’t be possible without the support of our funders: Arts Council England, Lake District National Park, South Lakeland District Council, Kendal Town Council and Kendal BID, Cumbria County Council, Friends of the Lake District, The Hadfield Foundation, The Big Lottery Fund.

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Chorus - Art Installation planned for Lakes Alive 2018

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