A Festival of Creativity and Connectivity for young people, by young people.

Emerging from a socially isolated world, seven young producers under the age of 25  were determined to reignite the spark of youth culture in Carlisle.

Originally a multi-venue festival taking over Carlisle's historic quarter, the new digital festival plan is as ambitious, but will now be broadcast online given the impact of Coronavirus.

The festival programme includes:

  • underREPRESENT – A series of Q&A’s which tackle under- representation and alternative creative careers.
  • EMERGE Competition – A Visual Arts Competition for young Cumbrian creatives and an online exhibition.
  • LIVE & LOUD - A local Rock, Metal and Punk history showcase in the form of a Scuzz-style TV show.
  • Culture of Freedom – A documentary about young people and the different cultures hidden within the city.
  • Hannah Recommends – A virtual guide using what is around us to learn, discover and create.
  • Haunted historical docu-soap - An Animated ghost tour inspired by Carlisle past! Could this be the first ever digital ghost walk?
  • Empathy X Apathy – A Hip-Hop EP release telling a personal story of Empathy and Apathy.
  • ARTIFICE – An immersive, anti-digital public art installation in a pop-up location.

Go to Festival of Hope Carlisle to find out more. 

This Festival of Hope project is funded by the National Lottery Heritage fund’s Kick the Dust programme, co-produced by BLAZE arts and managed by Curious Minds. The Festival of Hope Carlisle is part of a larger cluster of festivals across the North West.



Adult: FREE Children: FREE


On: 10 th August 2020, 10:00 am Until: 27 th August 2020, 11:00 pm