Art in the Park Festival, organised by Milton Keynes Islamic Arts Heritage and Culture (MKIAC) returns to Campbell Park for its eighth successive year with the theme of Migration on Saturday 1st July (1-7pm) and Sunday 2nd July (1-6pm).
This celebratory multicultural festival has grown to attract over 11,000 people annually and provides a platform for local emerging talent to share a stage alongside internationally respected musicians, dancers, visual artists, chefs, storytellers , poets to thought –provoking debates and storytelling in our Yurt programme.
Art in the Park is delighted to be included in the MK50 major event program – to mark the city’s anniversary. In light of it being such a historic year, festival organisers have prepared their most ambitious event program to date.
The Festival bursts into life with a vibrant Parade of Colours setting off from Christ the Cornerstone Church at 1pm and making its way across through the city and concluding at Campbell Park at 2pm. The parade will be managed by carnival education company Route Canal Arts who will seamlessly integrate the acrobatic and musical talents of London’s Kinetika Bloco with a supercharged street festival troupe made up of performers from local schools, MK Dhol Band and Wolverton Samba Band.
The Mongolian Yurt will play host to some exceptional spoken word artists, poets and storytellers sharing their thought provoking material and inviting specially invited panel members to share their views on some urgent and topical issues. This year we are looking forward to welcoming Swedish journalist Caroline Hobkinson and learning about the background and inspiration that has propelled artist Maya Yousseff to international fame. There will also be discussions around food stories from Sudan with Omer Eltigani and the history of the migration of coffee with Abdul-Rehman Malik. The program wraps up with a conversation with performers from the Syrian Orchestra.