Films Sounds & Words


8 – 10 Nov 2024
The Lake District

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Tickets for our Saturday night headline show are on sale now. We’re delighted to welcome Erland Cooper to Aerial. He’ll be performing at St Mary’s Church, Ambleside on Sat 9 Nov 2024. Tickets £22. Book here.

This year we are partnering with Inward Eye Film Festival and Ambleside’s independent cinema and venue Zeffirellis. The full Aerial programme will be released later in the year. 

About Aerial

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

Browse our commissions

We’re proud to have commissioned more than 20 new works by over 40 artists, spanning music, literature and film. Take a look here.

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Aerial is made possible by funding from Great Place Lakes & Dales: placing art, heritage and culture at the heart of our future.

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