Milton Keynes Council has announced the programme of the inaugural ‘A Festival of Creative Urban Living’ taking place from 26 September to 13 October. The new biennial festival, a free and playful celebration of art, architecture and city-making, has been developed and co-curated by award-winning experimental architectural practice, raumlaborberlin.
The Festival programme is FREE and everyone is welcome.
A Festival of Creative Urban Living brings together the worlds of art, architecture, design, and high-tech within the urban context of Milton Keynes. The free programme includes exhibitions, events, creative workshops, performances and much more covering the festival themes of ‘Built, Unbuilt and Unbuildable’.
Milton Keynes is one of UK’s most prominent examples of the “New Towns Movement” of the 1960s. It is the largest of the UK New Towns and arguably the most successful. In contrast to many other New Towns, MK has inherited many aspects from the “Garden City” movement; it is very green, combining extensive tree-lined boulevards and vistas with modernist architecture, urban spaces and a radically segregated traffic system. MK also has a unique composite identity, through the integration of existing towns and villages into the overall New Town design.
The Festival will be situated on Midsummer Boulevard East in MK’s city centre which will form part of the Festival ‘campus’. This new ‘campus’ will provide a hub and a visual focal point for the Festival, hosting a range of free inspiring events, debates and performances.
Throughout the three-week festival, visitors will be able to experience an overnight stay with a MK resident; take part in discussions on radicalism and the built environment; combine business with pleasure at the utopian laundromat and take in the sights at the top of a temporary museum of the future of urbanism.
Festival Programme highlights:
Full programme available here: afcul.org/What-s-On
A Festival for Creative Urban Living has been commissioned by MK Council, funded by Arts Council England, and is programmed and curated by experimental architectural practice raumlaborberlin.
Taking a steer from MK’s City Fest and harnessing the curatorial ambitions of Different by Design, the city’s bid to become European Capital of Culture 2023, A Festival of Creative Urban Living will offer a new experimental cultural experience for citizens and visitors alike.