Living and working in the Lakes and Dales is about making the most of every day. It’s about living more and doing more. You’ll be aware from our previous newsletter that earlier in 2019 we launched #LiveMoreDoMore . Thank you if you’ve been using the hashtag when posting on social media – it’s a great…

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Don’t miss Aerial, the new music and arts festival in and around Ambleside and Grasmere from March 26-29 2020. We’ve teamed up with some big hitters from the arts world to commission this nationally important event in our area. Luke Bainbridge (head of arts at Festival No.6, previously deputy editor of Observer Music Monthly), and…

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Check out our new jobs and business resource – Create Your Future – for help and advice on pursuing a creative career in a rural area. Head over to createyourfuture.me.uk for inspirational videos of eight local young creatives who are making a living in the sector in different ways, plus valuable business tips for being…

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Young creatives came together for our innovative business skills support and networking residential weekend, Play Work, Stay (PWS). Voted an overwhelming success, the weekend at The Dalesbridge, near Austwick, saw 21 young people take part in workshops, talks and activities to give them the tools needed for a successful career in the arts and cultural…

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Get ready to come into The FOLD – an exciting new cultural programme of three week pop ups for 2020. Locally based steering groups in each of the three host towns – Settle, Bentham and Kendal – including 14 to 21-year-olds working alongside experienced curators, are busy shaping The FOLD ready for touring in the…

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Did you see Wild Rumpus on BBC One in December? The company behind The Lanterns at Chester Zoo and Just So Festival are returning to Skipton from 14 – 17 May with the Hinterlands International Rural Film Festival. Get your pass for just £50 giving you access to all screenings and events in the 2020…

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Creatives were able to work on projects as diverse as songs for therapy to aerial performance skills thanks to Watch This Space. The project hooked up artists with venues and everyone managed to use the opportunity to test out new ideas or rehearse techniques over their 48 hour pop-up space takeovers. As was widely reported…

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Actor Bretten Lord has turned to his second love – antiques – so he can combine living in the Dales with his thespian work. The 21-year-old, best known for his lead role in the award-winning ‘Lad – A Yorkshire Story’, has also appeared on CBBC and has worked behind the scenes on video playback on…

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Creatives Rob and Harriet Fraser don’t just live in the Lakes – they immerse themselves in the landscape through their ‘Sense of Here’ project. The couple – Rob is a photographer and Harriet a writer –  who work under the name somewhere-nowhere, live in the Eastern Lake District, and together they have developed their creativity,…

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Animator-director Virpi Kettu spent seven years working on the Wallace and Gromit films following a two-week work experience placement at the production company Aardman. “The initial connection was a combination of luck, networking and skills. It was a delightful working relationship. I felt instantly that I was in my spiritual home and learned a lot…

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