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Feast of Fire

MK Community Foundation are very proud to have supported the Feast of Fire, one of the highlights of the MK50 festivities this year! 

The Feast of Fire was a fiery spectacle that embodied the excitement of the people who attended and symbolised the creation of this diverse city. The celebrations included pyrotechnics, fiery sculptures that were specially commissioned for the event, as well as fireworks to light up the sky. Throughout the night, there were various performances highlighting some of the amazing work that various people and organisations have put into the evenings. Performances of dance were held throughout the evening that were inspired by fire.

The night’s celebrations kicked off in The Point Car Park with the ‘Spellbound’ performance from Walk the Plank. This magnificent show consisted of shadow play, coupled with dazzling special effects and fire, which marked Diwali, the festival of lights.

The special events of the evening continued with The People’s Procession, where around 250 citizens of Milton Keynes, of all different ages and backgrounds, led the audience members through Midsummer Boulevard, which was cordoned off for cars for the occasion. Midsummer Boulevard was lit up with fire sculptures and performances, all along the route to the evening’s end; which concluded with a spectacular performance from ‘Mr Wilson’s Second Liners’. The band delivered well-known dance tunes in a jazz style from a ‘fiery’ stage that provided fitting scenery for the night’s festivities. The band were then followed by a DJ that performed in front of a backdrop of fire drawings that were created by children and young people.

Dr Ann Limb CBE DL, Chair of the Milton Keynes European Capital of Culture
Steering Group said: “Feast of Fire was a truly great way to round off the city’s 50th birthday celebrations and then look ahead to the future by sharing Milton Keynes’ aspiration to be European Capital of Culture 2023”.

MK Community foundation’s chief executive, Ian Revell, attended the night’s celebrations and thoroughly enjoyed the performances and the sense of community and people coming together that the night offered: “It was really nice seeing all of the people…there were thousands of people there, it was great!”  

The night provided a fitting fiery finale for the MK50 celebrations, commemorating the 50th birthday of the vibrant and diverse city of Milton Keynes while celebrating the extraordinary talents of local citizens and the strong sense of community within the city.