Kendal Mountain Festival is returning once again on 16-19 November 2017 and promises to be even bigger and better than ever before. With an international line-up of adventurers, film-makers and speakers, Kendal is an award-winning event known world-wide as the Oscars of outdoor filmmaking, with over 100 films screened (from 240+ entries) and twelve coveted awards up for grabs.
Alongside film, Kendal has plenty to offer including a star-studded program of guest speakers. From household names to under-the-radar heroes, the aim of the Festival is to curate the very best, original, wild, diverse and most entertaining speakers to bring inspiration, laughter…and the occasional tear. Due to the mountain village atmosphere at Kendal, festival-goers are equally as likely to rub shoulders with their heroes at the bar as they are to see them on stage!
Recent speaker highlights include the godfather of mountaineering Sir Chris Bonington, Olympic snowboarder Jenny Jones and MTB phenomenon Danny MacAskill. Specialist sessions also take place throughout the weekend, covering snow sports, climbing, running, walking, swimming and cycling with some of the biggest athletes in each sport.
Although not yet fully announced, the 2017 speaker and specialist sessions programme has already confirmed some big names including World Champion Climber Adam Ondra.
For the more ‘hands-on’ festival-goers looking to get out, get active (and get muddy), the Adidas Terrex 10k Trail Run is back! Adding a little extra adventure to the Festival, the run, voted as one of Runner’s World’s Top 50 UK Races, offers a great opportunity to explore the outskirts of Kendal and experience unrivalled views of the Lake District. Entries are now open.
Celebrating the diversity of the Mountains and the incredible stories that they produce, Kendal are proud to be once again hosting the Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature. Last year’s award went to British Alpinist Simon McCartney whose book, The Bond, details his relationship with Californian ‘stonemaster’ Jack Roberts whilst the pair attempted a number of daring first ascents in the 70s and 80s.
Alongside the pros, Kendal Mountain Festival has long-since been the perfect environment for those making their first steps into the world of outdoor film and photography. The 2017 Photography Competition gives budding shutterbugs the chance to win prizes for their work; the competition is free to enter and open to all.
The 2017 Kendal Mountain Festival is shaping up to be the best yet. Running from 16th – 19th November, the full programme of events will be available in late August.
Film Passes are on sale now and new for 2017, Kendal are offering a limited number of unique festival packages for a truly unforgettable weekend in the Lake District. The ‘Ultimate Kendal Weekend,’ the ‘Trail Blaze Weekend’ and the ‘Literature Weekend’ are available in limited numbers at www.mountainfest.co.uk/kendalweekends/