Tickets are now available for the UK’s largest annual gathering of the outdoor community: Kendal Mountain Festival.
Over 18,000 visitors are expected to attend the festival’s four-day programme of events that share and celebrate the best of the world of adventure, from 14-17 November 2019.
The theme for this year’s festival is openness and will be explored through a variety of talks, films and specialist sessions. Artistic director, Claire-Jane Carter explains: “Openness ensures freedom and creativity; the mainstays of mountain culture. The festival theme is both a call to action to the outdoor community and a commitment from our programming team to challenge the status quo and broaden the people, places, experiences and ideas represented on stage.”
Kendal Mountain Literature Festival patron, Robert Macfarlane, continues: “To be open to the world is an ethical – even political – stance, as well as an aesthetic one. At a time when borders are being reinforced, positions hardened, prejudices deepened, when walls are literally being built between communities and nation-states, openness becomes vital. These are some of the qualities celebrated by our rich, diverse programme. Now, more than ever, we must keep our minds and our mountains open.”
Highlights of the festival include the Findra Everyday Adventure, hosted by British survival expert Megan Hine, and the UK premiere of rock climber Alex Megos’ new film Rotpunkt. The breadth and diversity of climbing is further represented with talks by alpine photographer Ben Tibbetts, crack climber Pete Whittaker and new-router Gary Gibson.
Continuing their commitment to protecting the environment, the festival will provide a platform for leading environmentalists, with the launch of Patagonia Action Works and a screening of the award-winning film Artifishal.
Lovers of cycling can join cross-continental bike racer Emily Chappell as she shares how she found the capacity to do something so extraordinary. Scottish endurance cyclist Jenny Graham brings the World Premier of her film, Eastbound, and both women will be promoting The Adventure Syndicate, a not-for-profit organisation which shares the inspiring stories of women adventuring by bike. The ever-popular Mountain Bike Night will also be making a return to the festival, alongside a new road bike session.
For those looking to slow the pace, you can immerse yourself in sound at the Wilderness Songs event: the Emmy award-winning experts behind the soundtracks of Frozen Planet and Blue Planet will take you on a sound-based journey from the frozen seas of Antarctica to the vibrant jungles of Costa Rica.
Offering something for everyone, the Kendal Mountain Festival is not one to be missed. Tickets can be booked online through the Kendal Mountain Festival’s website.
Words by Riana Dixon