The KMF Outdoor Swimming Session
The KMF Outdoor Swimming Session

Date: Sunday 16th October 2016
For the first time, adventure and film festival Kendal Mountain Festival will be hosting a dedicated session for swimmers on Sunday 20th November. Outdoor and open water swimmers are warmly invited to join them  

A packed two and a half hours of sublimely beautiful films and illuminating swim stories awaits swimmers at the Kendal Mountain Festival this year. Supported by The Outdoor Swimming Society, Alpkit and SwimSecure, the new session will encompass all that outdoor swimmer love, from epic feats of endurance, to the coldest swims, crazy adventures, and simply going for a dip. 

'Every year we like to offer our audience new and exciting sessions,' says Steve Scott, Kendal Mountain Festival Director. 'The core Festival team includes a bunch of keen, year round, outdoor swimmers, and when the Outdoor Swimming Society also suggested a dedicated swim session to us, we felt that the time was right to launch a swimming session, showcasing a wide variety of swims and swimmers. The number of swimming related films entered into the International Film Competition has been noticeable this year, and we are delighted that Vivienne, the subject of Afterglow, will be here to talk about her film."
The session will be hosted by Colin Hill, with highlights including: 
  • OSS Ambassador, artist and cold water swimmer, Vivienne Rickman-Poole will present her film, Afterglow, and talk about how her passion for outdoor swimming crosses over into her work.
  • OSS Director Kari Furre will present her film on long distance swimming and her artwork, an Alpkit Mountain Journal Short. 
  • Lara Goodband and John Wedgwood Clarke from Sea Swim, an organisation that works on the link between sea swimming and creativity, will share some of their discoveries. Poetry and moving image will combine to explore sea swimming and its sensations, stories and psychological effects. 
  •  Sam Mould, Rob Ouldcott and Mark Johansen, three members of the Serpentine Swimming Club's world record breaking first butterfly relay swim of the English Channel, will talk. In the words of the team, "Why crawl when you can fly?"  
WHERE & WHEN: Kendal Town Hall, 9am, Sunday 20th November. Follow the KMF on Facebook  or check the event page on the Festival website for details on further speakers to be announced.  Some of the #OSSTeam will be there in the hall to meet you, chat, give advice on your swim dreams (should you want it!) and sell you a book or a sweatshirt if you want one. There will also be some fantastic short films, audience Q&A’s and prize giveaways. 
If you haven’t been to, or heard of Kendal Mountain festival before, check out this short film showcasing the highlights from 2015. 

October 2016