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This year, a crack opened up in the woodlands at the far end of Kendal. New paths were cut through the forest, their glades were stuffed with a jumble of fascinating weirdo art. A twenty foot white egg. A seven foot bird cage. Various lampshades that beamed insect noises onto the heads of passers-by. A ring of fire. An entire transit van cut into a doily.

This was the brand new Lost Eden area. But who had lost this Eden in the first place? "The elusive Tribe Of The Stag,” it said in the accompanying literature. "An iron age tribe who celebrate freedom, art and exploration as the core of their identity”.

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And now, with the tenth anniversary over, Andy and Ben and everyone on the team would like to take this moment to say a very special thanks.

 

“From that first tent-pole climbing high-wire act at Abbot Hall Park in Kendal a decade ago, we never believed it would turn into what it has. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to every single person who has, by coming or contributing, made this festival with us.”

 

See you in the fields for another ten years.

 

Photographs by Tom Martin, Scott Salt, Lisa Errico, Benjamin Paul, Ian Taylor, Paul Whiteley, Giulia Spadafora and Amy Weightman.
Words by Gavin Haynes. Web development by Andrew Kendall for Digital Photo Gallery. Art direction by Kris Atomic.