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Lakes Ignite sparks new visits to Cumbria

Published on: Tuesday 21st August 2018

A Lakeland arts festival has proved huge draw for visitors from outside Cumbria.

Lakes Ignite 2018 featured a series of contemporary pieces of art installed at various locations across the Lake District.

The six artworks – including performance, sculpture, virtual reality and an inflatable installation – were commissioned in response to the area being named a World Heritage site.

An early assessment of the programme by Lakes Culture, the body behind the festival, shows that 64 per cent of visitors were from outside the county, an increase of 16 per cent from 2017.

And, with 37 per cent of those interviewed booking accommodation, the increase in visitors benefited the county’s tourism industry with more people staying overnight to visit art galleries, museums and literary destinations.

Richard Foster, chief executive of the Brewery Arts Centre, which also acts as lead organisation for Lakes Culture, said: “The Lake District has a defined culture, rich in music, theatre, poetry and visual art, and Lakes Ignite is about uniting the arts and tourism sectors.

“We want to show that Cumbria is also a great place to experience new contemporary culture and that the iconic landscapes of the Lake District continue to influence artists today.”

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