"ANOTHER spectacular weekend of contemporary art" is just around the corner, promises Phillippa Haynes, festival director of Lakes Alive 2019.

Returning to Kendal and the Lake District on September 6, 7 and 8, the free festival of arts and making features a daytime and evening programme of vibrant illuminations, installations, dance, music and plays by home-grown performers and international touring artists.

"Changing Landscapes" is the theme for 2019. Organisers are hoping their vibrant line-up of "spectacular happenings in magnificent landscapes" will attract people of all ages to promenade at their leisure between pieces, stop and take part, or simply admire the view.

Among this year's highlights will be Loom - an hour-long live experience blending "virtuosic instrumental composition, live electronics, video projection, field recording and site-specific found sounds" (The Box Theatre, Kendal College, Saturday, September 7, 2pm and 6pm; Sunday, September 8, 2pm).

Musician Jack McNeill developed his ambitious, concert-length work with his new cross-genre ensemble, Propellor, and mentor Aidan O’Rourke. The name derives from the Cumbrian dialect meaning of "loom" - the slow and silent movement of water in a deep pool.

The musicians of 12-piece collective Propellor mix field recordings, shared stories, free improvisation, folk, experimental electronica, baroque and contemporary classical music.

Each time Loom is played, it includes new work specifically created for that location, so it "carries the imprint and identity of where it is performed".

In the lead-up to Lakes Alive, McNeill has been working with Dove Cottage Young Poets, members of the public and three local groups to produce compositions inspired by the ensemble’s methods of capturing and interweaving local stories and sounds. These pieces now form part of the Kendal performance.

Loom follows a watercourse backwards from sea to sky, with sounds of beach, pool and mountain waterways intricately plotted on an ambisonic speaker rig to envelop the audience.

Illustrator Bethan Lumb’s ketches "chart a visual journey" while photographs by John Beatty are projected from the ceiling.

l For full details of Lakes Alive 2019, see lakesalive.co.uk