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Wednesday, 01 October 2014

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Top Cumbria festival cancelled for 2015

ONE of the biggest events in the Lake District calendar will not be going ahead next summer.

Mintfest, a festival bringing top international dancers, musicians and artists to Kendal, has been cancelled for 2015.

However, Kendal Arts International already plan to bring back an even bigger event in 2016.

In a statement, Julie Tait, of Kendal Arts International, said: “As Kendal Arts International finalises plans for this year’s Mintfest, we look back with pride on seven hugely successful festivals and on the extraordinary impact of Lakes Alive throughout Cumbria.

“Inevitably, we could not hope to sustain the scale and innovation of activity made possible with Cultural Olympiad funding in 2012 and it is crucial that we and our partners now look at how best to secure a vibrant and innovative legacy beyond our eighth Mintfest, Lakes Alive’s flagship event and the one ‘project’ we always promised would be the legacy of our Olympic journey.

“Achieving this has been in no small part down to the energy and commitment of Arts Council England and South Lakeland District Council.”

Combining forces with Lake District National Park, plans are already in motion for a new Mintfest, involving the full participation of South Lakeland District Council, Mintfest’s founder partner.

Recently announced funding of £12,000 from Arts Council England will enable the organisations to work together with South Lakeland District Council and to consider options for the future of the festival.

Ms Tait said: “This new partnership with the Lake District National Park marks an exciting moment for Mintfest, and the award of £12,000 will allow us to reflect on the different options for the festival in the future. We will, of course, continue to work closely with our many supporters throughout this process.

“This means we will not be in a position to deliver a Mintfest in 2015 but we are confident that the success of eight Mintfests and the Lakes Alive programme will offer a springboard for an exciting and innovative legacy from 2016 onwards.”

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