We are incredibly proud to have supported IF: Milton Keynes International Festival; recognised by the European Festivals Association as “one of Europe’s most remarkable festivals”, which starts Friday 20th July.
The theme this year for the festival is #Circus250 – marking 250 years of circus in the UK. The festival will feature five international companies including Halka by Groupe Acrobatique de Tanger.
Once again, centre:mk welcome back the festival this year, as Middleton Hall is transformed to host the Circus Hub, amongst many other festival installations.
With various places around the city being transformed into perfect pop up venues for the festival, there are many different performances taking place over the course of the 10 days to appeal to everyone.
There’s a thought-provoking tour through today's contemporary culture and media landscape in Dries Verhoeven’s Phobiarama, taking you through a theatrical ghost train that explores the fears and paranoia that we face as a society. Another unique experience is an immersive walk through Linford Manor Park, which will take you on an adventure ‘For the Birds’, with light and sound installations that reflect bird songs and movements.
Companyìa Vavel Circus: Garbuix offers a high energy show packed full of acrobatics, music, and fun, performed by five women from five different countries, exciting for all of the family; while The Stables Spiegeltent offers a beautiful venue for the best comedy, cabaret and music throughout the festival.
For younger festival goers there is plenty going on as well, including an interactive adaptation of Emily Hughes’ popular book the ‘The Little Gardener’, where you can help bring his garden to life in a greenhouse containing a real garden. Another fantastic performance for all the family is the ‘Theatre of Widdershins: Treasure Chest Tales and Furry Tales’, which incorporates puppets, music and audience interaction to bring two magical stories to life.
MK Community Foundation are proud to have supported the ‘Teatro Container: La Cocina Pública'; a unique mobile kitchen housed within a shipping container that aims to bring communities together through food and feasting. The ‘Teatro Container’, which has travelled through Chile, learning all the local recipes, custom and practices, will be in West Bletchley from 24th to 29th July. Teatro container will arrive and work with residents to share stories and food, which can then be enjoyed by the community at an event that will bring everyone together. The places are allocated within the local community and there are free feast tickets available for West Bletchley Residents.