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A designed Creative and Cultural Strategy will be shared at the end of June via a downloadable link. Work will continue on the population of the Delivery Framework, to ensure that we have captured everyone’s projects and programmes.


The collaborative Sharing Culture MK programme was launched on 21st May at the Cherry Tree in Olney.  Sharing Culture is a collaborative programme of cultural heritage, focussing on our uniquely designed city, European connections and our remarkable story. The five month programme will run from June to October 2018, and will see a calendar of activities and events which will explore MK’s design, architecture, industry and green spaces.  This programme supports the European Commission run European Year of Cultural Heritage.  The launch event was delivered in partnership with Destination Milton Keynes and Cowper and Newton Museum.  A light lunch was provided at the Cherry Tree and followed by speeches from: Steven Gordon-Wilson, CE of Destination Milton Keynes, Graham Bell, Director of North of England Civic Trust (tasked with co-ordinating the UK European Year of Cultural Heritage events), Lallie Davis, Milestone Events Manager at MK Council and Paul Collins, Chair of the Cowper and Newton Museum.  Attendees were then invited to enjoy a tour of the Cowper and Newton Museum.


A new arts intiative "You, Me, Together" has got pupils in Milton Keynes schools talking about mental health and wellbeing.  In a survey of 338 schools in 2016, 55% had experienced a large increase in cases of stress and anxiety amongst young people.  In an evolving initiative to understand and support young people’s mental health and wellbeing, Milton Keynes Council Public Health and NHS Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) created an innovative project called "You, Me, Together", supported with investment from Artswork, the South East Bridge, and delivered in partnership with the MK Cultural Education Partnership (led by Arts & Heritage Alliance Milton Keynes).  The creative learning charity, Artis, worked with 150 young people and children in four Milton Keynes schools.  The aim of this project was to gain a better understanding of how children and young people in MK perceived mental health, to get them to understand and identify mental health and wellbeing in others (you), in themselves (me), and to support each other (together). To learn more about the initiative or to view the project film, visit the Arts & Heritage Alliance website.


Pedalling Culture - This innovative and pioneering project builds sustainable links between Milton Keynes’ ground-breaking green transport infrastructure and the city’s cultural venues. From July - October, six ‘Reclaim the Redways’ commissions will take place in and around Milton Keynes.  Designed specifically to celebrate and activate the redway network of off-road cycling and pedestrian routes and the connections to various cultural venues and spaces, this ambitious multi-artform programme will encourage audiences to move on and experience the redways and leisure routes in new ways for more information see the Pedalling Culture website.  


Public Art – We are delighted to announce the appointment of Avant Gardening and Lisa Cheung as the Walter Jack Pass the Parcel artist-in-residence, as part of MK Fringe. They will be working throughout the summer on an exciting programme of workshops, planting sessions and everyone will have a chance to get involved - check out www.mkfestivalfringe.com for more information. We are also very excited to announce the appointment of Sarah Staton as the recipient of the Newton Leys Public Art Commission. Sarah will start work in late June on a period of research and development. More details about her work can be seen here www.sarahstaton.com


The Floating Cinema MK From July – September, The Floating Cinema will be in residence in three locations along the Grand Union Canal in Milton Keynes, where a programme of free film screenings, talks and workshops will explore the importance and meaning of home. For programme info, dates and locations head to www.floatingcinemamk.org


Anticipation builds as the IF: Milton Keynes International Festival is nearly with us and tickets are now on sale – www.ifmiltonkeynes.org


Vagabond Film Festival – In the final weekend of IF: Milton Keynes International Festival, Independent Cinema Milton Keynes will be launching the Vagabond Film Festival (26th – 29th July). From the Festival’s base in Campbell Park, with screenings in the public realm and as part of The Floating Cinema’s programme, Vagabond will celebrate moving image in all its forms. www.vagabond.co.uk


MK Gallery hosts a MK Lit Fest taster event on Thursday 14th June. From Me to You: Letter Writing Workshop encourages you to go retro and put pen to paper for either a friend or a stranger. Paper and pens provided: all you have to do is be prepared to rediscover the art of letter writing. Thursday 14th June – 7.30pm  £7.50 (£5 concessions) on the door – all proceeds go to charity.


Milton Keynes City Orchestra hosts the Yamaha Scholarship Winner in a rare treat of a concert that opens with Mozart and ends with Haydn. Through MKCO’s partnership with Yamaha, the concert will showcase the remarkable talents of clarinetist Piotr Dec. To book tickets see www.mkco.org


As there is so much going on over the summer in MK, we are looking to appoint a freelance photographer who has had significant previous experience of documenting cultural activity within public realm locations. We want to create a high-quality portfolio of images that capture not only the artistic content and audience engagement, but also visually locate the cultural programme within the context of Milton Keynes. For more information and how to apply please email arts@milton-keynes.gov.uk


For more information and other opportunities be sure to follow the culture team on social media Twitter  / Facebook 


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