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Highly respected musical director Ian Thompson conducts Kendal South Choir in Music for Passiontide on Saturday (February 20, 7.30pm) at St Thomas’s Church, Kendal.

Music for Passiontide puts Kendal choir back in spotlight

Actor Peter Macqueen takes centre stage in his self-penned play The Professor of Adventure, which runs at Keswick's Theatre by the Lake, from March 18 until April 5. Pic Steven Barber.

Lakeland legend is focus of one-man play

Coniston-based filmmaker Karen Guthrie, whose solo directorial debut The Closer We Get is screened at the Keswick Film Festival on Saturday, February 27 (4pm).

Cumbria's answer to Sundance Film Festival is ready to roll

Folk trio The Young 'uns request 'free for all' community ideas around Kendal

Super sleuth Sherlock recounts his crime-busting career

Super sleuth Sherlock recounts his crime-busting career

Conrad Lynch, the new artistic director and chief executive at Theatre by the Lake.

New lead for top theatre

Yorkshireman, Godfrey (Keith Royston), has his life turned upside down when he meets Lancastrian widow, Betty (Marion Reynolds), in Godfrey's Last Love.

Talking Stock Productions' play finds love in the third age

Liz Berry, one of the top poets appearing in this year's A Poem and a Pint programme on ?

Prizewinning poet opens new Poem and a Pint programme

The Ardeo Quartet is one of the most highly praised French chamber music ensembles.

Askham Hall goes classical

Italian pianist Alessandro Taverna's playing was beautifully controlled and clear.

Soloist and Sinfonia get the balance just right

Fay Collins' Borders, one of the artworks on show in Lancaster City Museum's Inspired exhibition.

Museum's own collection inspires new artwork

James Taylor

King of the Hammond James Taylor heads to Kendal

James Taylor, who brings his acclaimed quartet to Kendal's Brewery Arts Centre on Friday, February 12.

One of Britain’s finest jazz organists blazes trail to Kendal

Cats - arguably the most famous musical of them all is running at Manchester Opera House, until Saturday, February 13. Pic Alessandro Pinna

Cats musical spectacular pulls in the punters at Manchester Opera House

Lake Komo

Lancaster-born band Lake Komo head out on first ever tour

The Way of Empires - Konisberg, a mixed media sculpture, by Upfront Artists Open Exhibition winner Mark Gibbs.

Upfront exhibition winner announced

John Godber's award-winning play, Up 'n' Under, runs at Lancaster's Grand Theatre from February 23-27 (7.30pm).

Rugby play is another potential winner for Lancaster Footlights

Dub Pistols. Picture by Tony Jupp.

Gig Guide February 4-10

Budding writers Rori, Ishbel and Louis Naranghi-Stewart have contributed to the forthcoming Kendal Yarns Festival

Kendal Yarns Festival is creating a real buzz

Joe Bonamassa. Picture by Marty Moffatt

Joe Bonamassa to headline Lancashire’s Symphony at the Tower 2016

Roopa Panesar, of Khoj

Theatre by the Lake kick-starts spring season with four top music acts

ArtFest North organisers and well-known artists, Rosie Wates and Tina Balmer.

ArtFest aims to be bigger and better

French pianists Pascal and Ami Rogé are to give a recital in Keswick on Valentine's Day.

French pianists bring romance to Theatre by the Lake on Valentine's Day

The Simon and Garfunkel Story. Picture by Jacqui Elliot-Williams

Show to tell the story of Simon and Garfunkel

Julian Cooper's Roughton Gill 2015, one of the artworks up for grabs in the Love Cumbria Art Auction, a fundraiser for the Cumbria Community Foundation Flood Recovery Appeal.

Cumbria's creative community rallies for flood appeal

Conductor Justin Doyle with the Haffner Orchestra.

Local boy takes the baton for Lancaster's Haffner Orchestra

Joyce Branagh, theatrical director.

Sir Kenneth Branagh's younger sister to bring Shakespeare with a 1950s twist to Lancaster Castle

Barn Owl, by Graham Lowe.

Learn how to paint birds, feather by feather, at RSPB reserve Leighton Moss

Review - A Winter's Journey, Keswick Music Society

Treasure Island, performed by Burneside Amateur Theatrical Society.

Review - Treasure Island, Burneside Amateur Theatrical Society

Dub Pistols are bringing their dance music to the White Noise Festival at the Brewery.

Exciting new White Noise Festival of verse, theatre and music heading for the Brewery on February 5 and 6

Carnforth Rotary tunes up for young musician competition

Top stage and screenwriter Jonathan Harvey, who aims to inspire budding dramatists during his workshop at The Dukes.

Top tips from Coronation Street writer

Robert Burns.

Burns Night celebrations at Tullie House to feature verse old and new, and dialect toasts to 'tatie pot'

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Bootleg Beatles on their way to Carlisle

Polly Lister takes centre stage in I Was a Wife, which runs at The Dukes, from January 28-February 6.

Polly's one woman show is a real baptism of fire

Chip Shop Chips.

Coming to a village hall near you, the spring season from Highlights Rural Touring Scheme

A Life Lived in Ink, by textile artist Kathryn Harmer Fox, the winning entry from the 2015 international competition organised annually by Carrefour du Patchwork, France.

Prestigious celebration of patchwork brightens up the winter days at Farfield Mill, Sedbergh

Political pundit to face questions at The Dukes

A detail from Grit, by Tessa Lyons.

Grasmere gallery to showcase stunning charcoal and ink mountain drawings

All aboard the new Friday class at Stagecoach Kendal

Poet and singer Lucy Crispin. (52507133)

Poetry Sundays at Dove Cottage bring together great literature, good company, tea and cake, as feelings of loss explored

‘Dinnertime’, taken in Foulbriggs Field, Lealholm Hall Farm, with Hill House Farm in the distance, by Frank Meadow Sutcliffe, Hon. FRPS. Copyright: The Sutcliffe Gallery, Whitby.

Beautiful sepia scenes captured by Victorian photographer go on show at Brantwood

Fury's Tornados

Fury's Tornados storm into Barrow

Haiku Salut

Independents Day live music all-dayer at the Hothouse, Morecambe

One of the stunning canvases by Canaletto on show at Abbot Hall, Kendal, until February 14.

Last chance to see Abbot Hall's prestigious Canaletto exhibition

The Lone Bellow (52703450)

Local gig guide from Thursday, January 21- Wednesday, January 27

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Labels UK tour heading for Giggleswick theatre

Chasing Shadows.

Two contrasting photo exhibitions open at the Brewery, Kendal

Natland and Oxenholme village art show appeals for artists to submit paintings

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