On the Night Shift

12 March 2012

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Les Commandos Percu. Photography by Daniel Saint Léger.Les Commandos Percu. Photography by Daniel Saint Léger.

On 21 June this year, one of the opening events of the prestigious London 2012 Festival will take place on the shores of Lake Windermere. The event, On the Night Shift by French Company Les Commandos Percu is co-commissioned by Lakes Alive, the London 2012 Festival, We Play Expo, and the Lake District National Park.

Here, Richard Leafe, Chief Executive of the Lake District National Park explains why they were keen to make their mark in this special way.

“The Olympic Games are such a worldwide event these days – with many countries bidding to stage each four-yearly event – that the phrase “once in a lifetime” really does express the importance of the games to the UK.

So, when the Lake District National Park was given the chance to work with Kendal Arts International and co-commission one of the London 2012 Festival celebratory events, it really wasn’t a difficult decision to make.

For our Lake District visitors and our local residents this is a rare chance to experience and enjoy a genuine world-class artistic event. Les Commandos Percu are renowned for their explosive shows that combine drama, drumming, pyrotechnics and music in one dazzling mix.

Lake Windermere, the setting for On the Night Shift. Photography by Phil Price.

‘On the Night Shift’ promises to be their most ambitious show to date, a collaboration of French and northern based artists and to have its world premiere here on the shores of Windermere – England’s largest lake – is a proud day for the Lake District arts community.

Stunning emotive artistic events like this fit like a glove with the vision for the Lake District National Park – we want to be a world-class visitor attraction that encourages enjoyment and understanding, while at the same time inspires people to look after this world famous landscape.

The stunning landscape of the Lake District National Park. Photography by Joe Dunckley.

But let’s also remember that this event does have a practical economic reality to it. This is our chance to showcase Bowness Bay and the lake itself.  Media attention will allow us to capitalise on potential visitors both nationally and from all over the world – and so bring an economic boost to our under-pressure tourist industry.

But above all of this, here is our chance to enjoy ourselves and experience artistic entertainment at the very highest level.”


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