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creative peaks

Creative Peaks is an arts and music organisation, joining the dots between sound, words, image, movement and the natural world. Based at the Watts Russell Arms, an ancient stone-built venue nestled between the River Dove and Thor’s Cave in the Peak District National Park, Creative Peaks brings together creatives with an emphasis on improvisation, experimentation and collaboration.

The second installment of Lost in the Hills, our annual music and arts festival, took place on Saturday the 8th and Sunday the 9th of July 2023, with live music, an arts and sculpture trail and a host of creative workshops, spoken word and dance performances, craft stalls, artisan food and real ales. The line-up of world, experimental, folk, contemporary and electronic music included performances by Shunya, Balladeste, Elf Traps, Yama Warashi, Sentido Andino, Three Body, Seas of Mirth, Emergence Collective, Kefi, Rosie Brownhill, Araya, The Seekers, Richard Belfitt, Ben McElroy, Alex Skinz, Jimsun and Tom Harris. There were creative workshops by Les Soeurs Anglaises, By Our Hands We Make Our Way, Dylan Meyer, Miriam Robson, Lois Feather and Hannah Jacob-Flynn and we had some beautiful photography, arts and crafts and stalls by Marie La Starza, Molly Treanor, Bill Elliott, Shaun De Mendonca and Dylan Meyer, the Holm Oak, the Braiding Bike, healing by Nakiki Natural Wellness, spoken word performances by Julian Hackett, Josephine Vaillant, Charlotte Lunn, Megan Louise and Pippa Nayer, and dance performances by Freya Walker, Jen Whittaker and Michelle Williamson. Catering was provided by Chris Quinby and Jamie Osborne, sound and lighting by Giles Stocks, Chris Smith and Resonant Sounds (with some next level projectors provided by Lemonzest Events) and our comperes were Pippa Nayer and Paul Lynch. Camping was provided by Grove Farm, a beautiful site looking over the valley just a short walk from the festival site.  The whole event was supported by the Arts Council England and our community day on Sunday the 9th July was part-funded by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. We had a host of amazing volunteers from the local community taking part, with a reduced entry fee on Sunday 9th.

We have a programme of concerts coming up over the next few months, including performances by Two Mirrors, Skylla, Millicent Chapanda, Juliette Lemoine, Guohan, Stringbeats, Tamsin Elliott & Tarek Elazhary and Wychbury.  We'll also be hosting jam sessions, arts workshops, literary events and artisan food events.


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