The Keswick Mountain Festival has added a new venue for 2013 and introduced film nights into the programme. The Alhambra Cinema in the town centre will host three diverse film evenings during the festival, on 16, 17 and 18 May. The events promise a combination of award winning films, inspirational host presenters and an insight into extreme adventures around the world.
The programme will kick off on Thursday 16 May with the Silva Bike Night, starting at 7.45pm. This packed evening will kick off with a presentation by renowned 7stanes trail designer Andy Hopkins. Andy will be followed by some of the latest bike films from around the world, featuring some of the biggest names in road and mountain biking, such as Danny MacAskill, Andreu Lacondeguy, Martyn Ashton and Matt Hunter. Tickets for the evening are £11.50 each.
On Friday 17 May, multi award winning climbing film Wide Boyz will take centre stage. Produced by Pete Whittaker and Tom Randall, Wide Boyz captures the drama of the two Sheffield based climbers' efforts to complete one of the widest, hardest crack climbs on the planet in Utah, beating the Americans at their own game. Wide Boyz has already scooped up awards at both Banff Film Festival and Kendal Mountain Festival, including the much sought after People's Choice Award at the latter. Whittaker will talk about his climbing adventures and introduce the film. The event will start at 8.00pm and tickets are £9.50 each.
The final film night, on Saturday 18 May, will focus on extreme adventure around the world. Hosted by Red Bull, Pushing the Limits will feature big air specialist and slopestyle skier Paddy Graham. Graham will showcase his latest film from the Legs of Steel crew, aiming to take the audience through a myriad of emotions in the process. He will be joined at the event by some of the UK's most renowned outdoor athletes, who will talk about what motivates them to push their own limits. Proceedings will kick off at 7.00pm and tickets cost £5 each.
Now in its seventh year, Keswick Mountain Festival will run from 15 to 19 May.