Dark Skies Cumbria

Light up February with a spectacular array of online events celebrating the wonders of our night sky

Live events over 17 evenings in February give you the opportunity to explore our dark skies with astronomers, astrophotographers, authors, filmmakers, lighting and design professionals, performers, poets and outdoor adventurers.

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Saving Our Night Skies

Cumbria's dark skies allow us to see the natural wonder of the stars, but are also critical for the health wildlife and our own natural well-being. Sadly light pollution in Cumbria is increasing each year, threatening to obscure our view of the stars and blinding and confusing animals so they can’t feed or find a mate. We need urgent action now to stop light pollution. Stargazers, photographers, wildlife lovers and local communities… please help.


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The Lake District and Cumbria offers some of the most spectacular and precious skyscapes in England and we want you to join us on an interstellar adventure. Download our Dark Sky Discovery Pack and get started today!

7.30pm Friday 19 February

At this online screening and talk, filmmaker Jonny Randall will explore working with darkness through film: both in capturing the night as moving image and relating the metaphorical possibilities of the dark. He will share his film, Heavens Above, a film installation commissioned by the Dukes Theatre for Light Up Lancaster, which invited audiences to lie on the ground and gaze up at projected images of the night sky above the city. Jonny will use the film as a starting point from which to talk about our relationship with the night and talk about his creative collaborations, including participatory performances which have invited people to experience and dwell in the dark.

Jonny Randall is a film artist living in North West England. His films often explore the connections between performance, landscape and the ways in which identity is shaped by the stories embedded in all of us. He has documented and delivered a broad range of participatory community arts projects on both a local and national scale and a selection of his short films have been screened at festivals worldwide. In 2018, he won the Inspiration Award at the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s ‘Research in Film Awards’ for a short creative documentary, give me today, anytime, which was commissioned by Mirador, in collaboration with Tom Diffenthal. Other recent projects and collaborations include On The Patterns We Gaze - a companion film to choreographer Ellen Jeffrey’s time-specific choreography, a performance which takes place in the last of the light, spanning a site's durational shift through nightfall, and curating an online screening event for The Dark Mountain Project: The Picture Show At The End of the World.

This will be a live online presentation via Zoom. Please sign up using the booking button below and we will email you links and instructions for joining the session. (Please check your spam email box if you don't receive a confirmation email.)

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