Lakes Alive Reached for the Sky

Lakes Alive launched this weekend in Windermere, Carlise and Penrith and it could not have been better. The sun was shining, people from all walks of life turned out and lots of them, the major ariel acts were amazing and the landscape and towns animated and temporarily transformed by Lakes Alive. So much smiling by everybody and so much play – really great!

Penrith players

New breed of humans spotted in Penrith

VIP Launch - Martin Green and Cat Loriggio

Tough day in the office for LOCOG's Martin Green and Cat Loriggio

Voila at Bowness-on-Windermere

Voila at Bowness-on-Windermere - look at that set!

Voila Event - Bowness-On-Windermere

Voila Event - Bowness-On-Windermere- look at those crowds

Penrith Banquet - Street Party

Carlisle Town Square - Absolute Glee !

Thats what i call community building!

Penrith - Thats what i call community building!

Viola in Bowness on Windermere attracted 6000 + people, many of whom i am sure would not go inside as theatre and the show against the Cumbrian sky was stunning – it has us all transfixed with its magic.

The town square in Carlisle was transformed into a street party and had the vibe of a truely European Town.  Families out til 11pm at night with picnics, kids on shoulders, running around, playing in the street, full of colour and performance.

Families in Penrith came out to see the amazing Castelliers building human castles in front of their eyes-it was a sight to behold – the artists and the audience reaction alongside the many residents wandering around wearing strange and tall orginami hats as a result of them getting involved in this street workshop.

Speakers at the opening VIP event included  Head of Ceremonies Martin Green and Dugald Mackie from the Legacy Trust UK – this national presence in Cumbria made all the difference. The producers of the other projects in WE PLAY also attended-  to give their support and to learn from each other’s work.

By the end of Sunday it was clear to me that this was what the Olympics was all about – people coming out to play as and in community. The Olympics was for three days  in Cumbria and everybody new it and felt it. Inspired.  8 months in to the start of the Cultural Olympiad and the Northwest is well on its way. Truly inspiring – Cumbria rocked!

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~ by Debbi Lander on May 26, 2009.

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