GPLD Responds to COVID-19


In these unprecedented times, like everyone else, the GPLD team has been working hard to make the best of the new normal.

It was with heavy hearts, but a sense of inevitability that we had to press pause on our offline and events activities. Aerial a festival of sounds and words in the South Lakes, Hinterlands International Rural Film Festival in Skipton and The Fold events and workshops, due to take place in Settle, Kendal and Bentham have all been postponed.

Now, weeks into lockdown, the health and wellbeing of our creative communities in the Lakes and Dales remains paramount and we are committed to supporting the people and organisations working with us across the arts, culture and heritage sectors.

This includes keeping in touch and continuing to identify and develop online opportunities. Many of our partners and friends have already found innovative ways to continue their work online or offer something new in a digital format.

We have also made extensive links available on our website to places where funding, support and help can be found.

We will continue to update you but please keep following us on social media and at for details of new dates and developments.

Digital communication will continue with opportunities emerging through GPLD’s existing platforms and social hubs, including Collective North, a digital networking hub and people are urged to keep in contact, engage and support each other virtually.

We want to ensure that the passion and enthusiasm from artists, creatives and young people who live and work in the Lakes and Dales continues to be ignited but we need to help ensure that you are supported and heard during these tough times. The world feels a very different place right now but let’s continue to create our great place together.

 GPLD can be contacted by email on  or via social channels: Instagram: @greatplace_lakesanddales

Twitter @GP_LakesDales or

Facebook @GPLakesDales

and Collective North, online networking hub which brings together artists and creative professionals.

GPLD also has digital assets that aim to support the creative sector and include:

Young people can also get in touch through Fresh Perspective (@freshperspective), a project to bring together 16-25 year olds to see what young people would like on the cultural agenda in the area. The group is hosting live digital activities every Sunday afternoon, including a make-up session, song-writing workshop, baking, a gig, quiz and more. Follow @freshperspective on Instagram.

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