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Instead of a live festival in 2020, we concentrated our energies on commissioning new work from some amazing artists, all of which are presented here, online and for free.
Aerial is more than a festival. It is intended as a platform for new work inspired in some way by the natural, cultural or social history of Cumbria and each of these commissions reflect that.
Take your time to explore an uncharted landscape of new music, poems, essays, sound art, films and podcasts.
Hayden Thorpe, The Quietus, Lone Taxidermist, Caught by the River, The Dark Outside, The Willowherb Review, Richard King, Rob St John and many more
SOUNDS & WORDS
Short films reflecting on life growing up as a first generation immigrant in small town Cumbria, set against the esoteric rituals and traditions of the area. Expect music, art and general all pervasive weirdness. watch here
SOUNDS, WORDS & FILM
Words and sounds featuring BBC’s Stuart Maconie, author Roy Wilkinson, the UK’s foremost field recording artist Chris Watson, Helen Mort, music from Jack Cooper (Modern Nature) and much more. listen here
FILM & WORDS
Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Corbel Stone Press with music and films from Richard Skelton and Autumn Richardson, plus spoken word contributions from many of their acclaimed poets and writers. watch here
Inspired by Raymond Williams’ theories of vocabulary and culture, the film examines the themes of King’s book The Lark Ascending to explore received ideas about our national relationship to the countryside. watch here
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Aerial is a festival of predominately (though not exclusively) new work; melding sounds, words, performance and film inspired by the natural, cultural and social history of Cumbria and the Lake District.
It’s the sort of festival that you can dip in and out of, rather like wild swimming in Rydal Water. Minimising impact to the local area by only using existing venues, from steamboats to churches, cosy pubs to stone circles.
From time-to-time Aerial will also stage one-off events or commission work for presentation online, if you are interested in working with us please get in touch.
“The station whence he looked was soft and green,
Not giddy yet aerial, with a depth
Of vale below, a height of hills above”
William Wordsworth, Home at Grasmere 1806
The previously advertised programme of live events in 2020 has been cancelled due to COVID-19. All ticket holders should have received an email from Ticketline, if you have not, a refund can be obtained by contacting their customer service team by 28 September 2020: email@example.com.
We will donate any unclaimed refunds to local foodbanks.