Celebrate the Return of Milton Keynes’ Art in the Park Festival for MKIAC 20th Anniversary

The Art In The Park Festival is back after two years of being postponed. The festival is organised by Milton Keynes Islamic Arts and Culture (MKIAC), who returns to celebrate its 20th anniversary and mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Milton Keynes will once again experience cross-cultural musicians, international artists and carnival entertainment, alongside live demonstrations, community stalls and creative workshops during the weekend of May 14th and 15th at Campbell Park.

his year, the festival’s theme is venturing out, a chance for friends and families to come together and celebrate the rich and diverse communities of Milton Keynes after a turbulent two years.

Anouar Kassim MBE, Founder-Director of MKIAC says, “We are so proud to bring back MKIAC’s Art in the Park Festival, after a two year hiatus. This year has special significance for all of us and we promise an inclusive, joyful celebration.

“Art in the Park is a unique event for Milton Keynes’ vibrant cultural scene because we represent everyone. With performers, food, crafts, arts and music from Milton Keynes’ diverse cultural backgrounds, this festival is a shining example of how we can bridge divides through arts and culture.”

Cllr Mohammad Khan, Mayor of Milton Keynes says, “MKIAC brings diverse communities together through their meaningful and inclusive arts and culture programmes. I have seen first-hand how they inspire young people to embrace their cultural heritage and how they provide creative outlets which have positive impacts on their mental health.

“This is why I chose them as my Charity of the Year in 2021- 2022. Established 20 years ago in response to rising hate crimes due to 9/11, they have been able to bring communities together successfully in Buckinghamshire and neighbouring towns.”

LIVE PERFORMANCES

Our performance village will provide visitors with memorable performances from local and international musicians, dancers and storytellers such as Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band, a spectacular celebration of their vibrant and colourful lifestyle, their music and dance a heady, exciting and hypnotic reflection of this enchanting region.

Modou Touré, of Dakar, Senegal, known for playing highly-groovy rhythms all inspired by his West African heritage and Kefaya, an award winning international collective performing global folk.

ART VILLAGE

Our art village will host various interactive workshops for all to get involved and learn a new skill. Workshops such as calligraphy, turkish marbling and geometry will be available at £2 per person for a 1.5 hour session.

Four exhibitions of MKIAC projects will also be on display to showcase the diverse range of arts projects aimed to promote shared learning, community cohesion and cultural understanding.

CARNIVAL OF COLOURS

Led by London based carnival company Kinetika Bloco and Milton Keynes based outdoor arts company
Festive Road, the carnival of colours promises to be an immersive experience of colour and sound.

Working with local schools and organisations, community performers and children will parade through the streets of Milton Keynes starting at the Point at 2pm and finishing at Campbell Park at 3pm. All are
welcome to join.

FOOD VILLAGE

The Food village will host a number of exotic and cultural food stalls such as Flavours of Zanzibar, Kiln
Farm Gurudwara and Cafe Crema who will be providing visitors with a variety of mouth-watering food from around the world. The festival will also include a community village, a funfair and interactive activities for all to enjoy.

For more information on the festival please see http://www.mkiac.org. Follow the conversation on Social Media: Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ArtintheParkMK and Twitter @MKIAC #ArtInTheParkMK

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