Milton Keynes Local Information

Culture

Here is a selection of our favorite arts & culture organisations

International Festival

The Stables produces IF: Milton Keynes International Festival has been transforming Central Milton Keynes with a world-class, multi-arts programme of extraordinary events in unusual places and public spaces since 2010. IF is underpinned by an ongoing theme of sound and music. Over 10 days, the high quality programme features artists and companies from across the world and consists of large-scale outdoor events, international productions, a highly decorated ‘Spiegeltent’ hosting comedy, cabaret and live music, pop-ups and events designed to take place in specific buildings or public spaces. For more info click here: www.ifmiltonkeynes.org

MK Gallery Exterior - Summer 2011

MK Gallery

Opened in October 1999 MK Gallery is a public gallery with free admission. MK Gallery does not have a permanent collection but is a purpose-built venue for changing exhibitions of international contemporary visual art. MK Gallery provides free access to high quality, innovative and thought-provoking contemporary art from around the world. In its programme MK Gallery stimulates participation and debate, building relationships between artists and audiences. For more info click here: www.mkgallery.org

Milton Keynes City Orchestra

MK City Orchestra

Milton Keynes City Orchestra gave its first performance under the baton of its Founder Conductor, Hilary Davan Wetton, in February 1975. Over 35 years since, it has built a national reputation, establishing itself as the live classical music resource for Milton Keynes and the surrounding area. It plays an important part in the cultural life of the city, engaging particularly with the education sector, the business community and as a valuable arts resource.

The Orchestra presents an annual concert season - this season's repertoire is planned around some of the cornerstones of the orchestral repertoire from the giants of symphonic composition – Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms – alongside music by other important composers including Elgar, Sibelius and Tchaikovsky. There are some fine soloists from both the UK and further afield, to perform in both of the orchestra's homes here in Milton Keynes: The Venue and MK Theatre. For more info click: www.mkco.org

Total MK

The go-to website for all MK events – music, theatre, arts, news, beauty, food, film, books, travel. For more info click: www.totalmk.co.uk

Living Archive

Living Archive collects, preserves and shares the history and heritage of Milton Keynes. Conceived as an antidote to the assertion that ‘new towns have no history’, and nurtured by the belief that ‘everybody has a story to tell’, it has recorded, archived and celebrated the unique history of residents’ lives and sense of place through theatre, music, books, recordings, exhibitions and many other genres. For more info click: www.livingarchive.org.uk

Inter-Action MK

Community arts charity Inter-Action MK has been bringing the arts to life in Milton Keynes for almost 40 years. Inter-Action MK uses the arts to improve the life chances of people with support needs or disabilities and those in challenging or vulnerable circumstances. Inter-Action MK’s innovative programme of inclusive arts successfully brings people of all backgrounds together in shared creative activity. They offer a varied programme of creative workshops for young people with disabilities and a raft of other creative workshops for adults and children and a range of short creative courses for people of all ages. They also host exhibitions from local, national and international artists. For more info click: www.interactionmk.org.uk