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Creative and Cultural


Summer has been extremely busy for the creative and cultural sector and we hope that you have had a chance to experience some of the events and activities that have taken place.  Perhaps you have been entertained by a Redway arts project commissioned by our Pedalling Culture project, enjoyed a show in the IF: Milton Keynes International Festival spiegeltent, taken part in the MK Festival Fringe, or stepped aboard the Floating Cinema as it journeyed along the Grand Union Canal.  We have also just seen more venues than ever before open their doors for Heritage Open Days…


Free to Explore – Heritage Open Days


This September Milton Keynes opened its doors with more events than ever before for Heritage Open Days. 90 events took place over two weekends (6th to 9th September and 13th to 16th September).  Events included workshops, craft events, open days, exhibitions, performances and film screenings – all completely free to attend.  


Almost 9,000 visits have been confirmed from the 20 events that have sent in their figures in so far, including 4,000 to Bradwell Abbey’s Medieval Fun Day and 3,000 to MK Museum.  Heritage Open Days is managed in MK by Living Archive and the MK Heritage Association, and they are confident we will better the 16,000 visits from last year and set a new record.


Some comments from visitors:
“Loved the heritage trail for the kids. Didn’t realize we were learning till we could answer questions. Such wonderful volunteers. Super day!” (Great Linford Manor Park)
“Good atmosphere – nice to see all generations together” (Great Linford Manor Park)
“Loved the amazing view from bell tower. Also looking through the old photos of years gone by.” (Bow Brickhill Church)


Balloons on gate

Pass the Parcel Participation


As part of the MK Festival Fringe, artists Avant-Gardening and artist Lisa Cheung ran workshops for residents of Broughton Gate that responded to the Pass the Parcel Project.  This 8-year Public Art commission explored the endless possibilities of a mile of oak timbers travelling across Milton Keynes.  The oak timber has already formed a giant wooden cathedral at Brookfield Farm Primary School and now some timber lies dormant in Broughton Gate (Watercress Way) as a “Fallen Oak” tree.  Over the summer holidays young children and their families joined Avant-Gardening in a series of workshops within the fallen oak installation, using the squares to create board games, twister, hopscotch, leaf printing artwork and a giant picnic blanket for an end of workshop feast.


Pass parcel

 


Film on the Canal


For six weeks this summer, Milton Keynes hosted the Floating Cinema.  This specially adapted canal barge was created by Up Projects.  It moored at three locations along the Grand Union Canal and showed a range of films from family-friendly options such as, Paddington, Jungle Book and Coco through to more art-house films like Dark Days, High Rise and Penda’s Fen.  


MK Council worked in partnership with the Vagabond Film Festival, produced by Independent Cinema MK, and several guest programmers to create an interesting and varied film programme inspired by the theme of ‘home’.  


Visitors were encouraged to take a walk along the towpaths find the Floating Cinema and enjoy either a film on board, or one of the Bankside screenings, where the film was projected on to a big screen on the canal bank.  There was also a special activity booklet for young visitors created by White Wall Yellow Door.


Floating Cinema dark

Pedalling the Tracks


The Pedalling Culture activity programme continues into October with a participatory performance by MOTUS called Pedalling the Tracks.


Pedalling The Tracks is a participatory dance work, mixing professionals with performers from the local community and local schools. Using the transformation from Railway to Redway as inspiration, this promenade work will invite audience members to travel the route in conjunction with performers learning all about the far reaching Redways and their history.


Along the way, you’ll be invited to take a breather as the Trainline Tracers bring different locations to life with the help of residents past, present and future.


21st October 2018 /  11am and 2pm / Meet at Standing Stones at Linford Manor / http://www.pedallingculture.com/events/all/pedalling-the-tracks 


MOTUS are looking for 20 participants male or female, aged between 7 and 70 who are passionate about performing. No dance experience necessary. Go to Motus Dance for more details and information on how to apply.



Images courtesy of Willie Robb and Lisa Cheung.


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