Two weeks of events which take their inspiration from across the globe, starting with a brightly-coloured carnival procession on Saturday 19 June including costumed children, musicians and stilt-walkers. Sunday 20 June will feature a giant hog roast, sports and fun day.
Highlights for the festival include:
- A performance by the world-renowned London Community Gospel Choir
- Parkour, a form of street running, scaling heights and obstacles, which originated in France
- Music and dance at the Latin America-inspired Mambo Jambo fiesta
- ‘Gamelan in the Garden’, an Indonesian music ensemble
- A bridge-dressing art event
- A Solstice picnic
- Art, ale and discovery trails
- A flood-relief concert from a capella favourites Artisan, who are reforming especially for the event.
On Saturday 3 July, music ranging from mediaeval to ultra-modern and classical to indie rock, plus DJ and MC sessions, will ring out across the town. Venues will include Jennings Brewery and the Castlegate Gallery. The finale will be a concert by Asere, from Havana, Cuba.
Organiser Bob Pritchard said: “By relaunching Cockermouth Festival as a two-week Midsummer event, we hope we will bring in visitors from across the UK. We’ve adopted a rainbow theme to recognise the town’s renaissance after the floods. The Festival will feature events to bring the community together, but will also celebrate the best of the town’s venues and talent – as well as bringing entertainers here which have a worldwide reputation.”
Many events are free, but for ticketed events, tickets will go on sale at the Kirkgate Centre Box Office on 01900 8264480, from Monday 17 May.