Not one but TWO remarkable events from Eden Arts shortlisted for the Cumbria Tourism Awards 2018  

The Winter Droving and the C-Art Festival have been announced as finalists in the prestigious Cumbria Tourism awards.

Eden Arts, Penrith based artist led organization, are celebrating the announcement of the shortlist for the Tourism Event of the Year 2018 with two of their flagship events making up 50% of the finalists.

The Winter Droving, now in it’s 7th year, has been shortlisted for the award for the last 3 years and continues to grow in quality, content and visitor numbers each year. Every year Penrith comes alive with fire, light, music, animal masked performers and participants, food and carefully crafted mayhem. The Winter Droving is a celebration of agricultural heritage and carnival and is embedded in the local imagination. The community is at the heart of the event, participating in the parade, invited to dress up and wear masks, and in 2017 school children were invited to enter a completion to design a lantern.

The 2017 event saw 20,000 visitors to Penrith and brought £1.3 million to the local economy. The event is supported by Arts Council England, Penrith BID, Penrith Town Council and the Pride in Penrith Lottery alongside local sponsors.

C-Art also entered it’s 7th year in 2017, and won the Cumbria Tourism Event of the Year in 2014. The C-Art Festival promotes Cumbria’s contemporary arts, featuring special events, exhibitions, installations, an artist’s directory, open studios and more.

In 2017 the event was centered around the Rheged Centre, Penrith and featured internationally significant artists alongside the Cumbrian Artist of the Year exhibition, artists open studios across Cumbria, Art in Extraordinary Places such as Acorn Bank, Honister Slate Mine and the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway and the Young Cumbrian Artist of the Year exhibition at the University of Cumbria.

The 2017 Festival saw the now infamous ‘Lowthermere’ installation, (a ‘new lake’ discovered underneath Rheged), brought the Belgian art collection Captain Boomer, Beastie offered children the chance to interact with Bristol-based Lone Twin and the exhibition and open studios offered visitors the chance see and meet Cumbrian artists.

Adrian Lochhead, Director of Eden Arts, ‘I am delighted that Eden Arts are nominated as two out of four of the finalists in the Cumbria Tourism Event of the Year this year – for Winter Droving and C-Art 17.  Fantastic, consistent recognition for arts and culture, and for Penrith as a town and Eden and a District.  There are lots of great events across Cumbria so that to see two of the finalists took place within two miles of each other is an incredible achievement”.

Kevin Beaty, Leader of Eden District Council, said “It’s great to see Eden leading the way with events and to see them rewarded with recognition.  Culture and events are a key part of our strategy of ensuring that Eden continues to be a great place to live and work, things like the Winter Droving and the C-Art Festival, both of which I enjoyed attending immensely are a key part of this strategy. Our only problem is going to be which one to vote for when the public vote opens next week! Well done Eden Arts and all involved”.

The winners will be decided by public vote at cumbriatourism.org and announced at the award ceremony at the Cartmel Racecourse on 20th June, hosted by ‘Voice of the Balls’ Alan ‘Deadly’ Dedicoat.

The Winter Droving will take place on Saturday 27th October 2018. C-Art is taking a break this year and will return in March 2019.

 

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