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Only 10 days to go until Lakes Ignite 2016

On the 30 April 2016 Lakes Culture, supported by United Utilities will launch its programme of outstanding contemporary art experiences inspired by our stunning landscape to spark your imagination and celebrate the wealth of artistic activity in the region. During the evening Coniston Water will take centre stage to launch the 2016 programme with Seven Nocturnal Rainbows for the English Lakes. A dramatic light installation created by artist Charles Monkhouse for Lakes Ignite 2016.

Joseph Mallord William Turner, Buttermere Lake, with Part of Cromackwater, Cumberland, a Shower, exhibited 1798 © Tate, London 2016

Inspired by the poets and artists of the Lake District and in particular JMW Turner’s famous painting ‘A Shower’, Buttermere, the rainbows will appear as the light fades each evening and will become stronger as night takes over from day. Each rainbow consists of up to 250 floating LED units, each with its own GPS sensor, reacting to their location to create a gigantic spectrum as they travel across the lakes. The exact motion of the lights will depend on the wind, and each passage will last approximately one to one and a half hours.

Seven Nocturnal Rainbows – which will also visit Ullswater and Grasmere – is the first event of many running up until the 22 May 2016. Visit for the full programme of dates and locations where you can experience contemporary culture in Cumbria.

Usha Mistry, Project Manager for Lakes Culture says;
We are really excited about this year’s Lakes Ignite programme. Our aim is to encourage people to find new ways to enjoy art and culture in Cumbria and appreciate the art inspired by the landscape. From the May Bank Holiday weekend for three weeks, Lakes Ignite 2016 will offer a new and unique way to enjoy Cumbria.

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Note to Editors:

Image credit: Joseph Mallord William Turner, Buttermere Lake, with Part of Cromackwater, Cumberland, a Shower, exhibited 1798 © Tate, London 2016
For more information contact Sarah Jones – / 01539 825052 or visit:
• Lakes Culture aims to bring together the area’s tourism and cultural sectors to better promote the wealth of cultural activities on offer reaffirming the area as the UK’s leading rural cultural destination.
• The Lake District is one of only ten locations in the country to benefit from Cultural Destinations initiative a focused programme set up by Arts Council England and VisitEngland. The aim of Cultural destinations is to enable arts and culture organisations working in partnership with destination organisations to increase their reach, engagement and resilience through working with the tourism sector. Closer working between the two sectors will contribute to the economic growth of the cultural and tourism visitor economies.
• Organisations involved in the project include Kendal Brewery Arts Centre (Lead Organisation), Lakeland Arts, The Wordsworth Trust, Theatre by the Lake, The Forestry Commission – Grizedale, Cumbria Tourism, The National Trust, Lake District National Park, South Lakeland District Council and Lake District Summer Music.
• The Lakes Culture project forms a supporting strand of the World Heritage Status bid submitted by the Lake District National Park Partnership. For more information visit:

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