Cumbria

Kendal street event generates £1.6m

A street festival in Cumbria brought in five times more money for the economy than it cost to stage.

Early research suggests the August Mintfest event in Kendal generated £1.6m for the area - £100,000 more than last year.

Thousands of people from all over the UK and abroad came to enjoy fireworks, acrobats, dancers and musicians.

Mintfest is organised by Kendal Arts International (KAI) and is part of the Lakes Alive project.

Julie Tait, director of KAI, said: "We are really proud of the fact that although this was only Mintfest's fourth year it has already become one of Britain's biggest and best street arts festivals."

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