Lost Eden returns to Kendal Calling

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A popular mysterious arena is making its comeback to the Kendal Calling Festival.

Lost Eden, a multi-faceted woodland arena, is back for another year with support from the Arts Council England.

Kendal Calling festival 2015.

Kendal Calling festival 2015.

Organisers of the festival say the woodland arena was a huge success last year as many gathered to watch and view various acoustic sets, art exhibitions and poets.

The magical woodlands of Kendal Calling are coming alive again with newly commissioned sculptures, performance art, talks, a pop up cinema, virtual reality and much more.

Last year, the Carvetti people, an Iron Age civilisation thought to be lost to the world, were found alive. They called the woods at KendalCalling – ‘Lost Eden’ – their home.

To celebrate this discovery, 25,000 revellers joined them in a joyous riot of light and sound.

In 2015 the bizarre imprints of the Carvetti culture were numerous: a van carved with trees, an avenue of sound-emitting streetlamps, a fiery garden and a towering, swirling orb, to name but a few.  

The Carvetti have since been growing and flourishing, and this year join forces with the artists, animals and insects of Lost Eden to make the woods even more spectacular.

Celebrating art at the core of their principles, organisers invite you to experience their full 2016 offering of marvels and magic. A gigantic, illuminated spider by The Lantern Company will scare and thrill in equal measure, while arachnophobes may prefer an encounter with the Mechanical Heart of the Forest.

This hallmark commission is presented by the acclaimed artist Felicity Jones, who has created sculptures for Glastonbury and Burning Man.

The Carvetti also invite you to converse with Eden – literally – by picking up a strategically placed phone and speaking with an enormous, projected head.

These conversations will be incorporated into a completely unique and unforgettable installation by Howard Ashley Storey.

By day, the Carvetti Stage will deliver stimulating talks, music and performance, while John Pearson’s live art will offer an extension of last year’s fantastic illustrations which are not to be missed.

After 8pm, curious festival goers will be granted access to Lost Eden’s most exclusive corner. There you will find the shimmering and newly launched Lost Disco, a DJ booth inside a giant disco ball, as well as bespoke neon sculptures and fiery spectaculars.

To find out more and for tickets visit www.kendalcalling.co.uk.