“It’s summer and you’re hungry for side-splitting comedy, provocative exhibitions, stonking bands, zany street theatre, acrobats, fireworks and all sorts of unpredictable happenings popping up in unexpected places. What other metropolis in Britain could give you such a feast of cutting edge culture?” The Times
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.
Produced by internationally renowned music organisation The Stables, the Festival 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.
The Festival has a growing reputation for also presenting UK premieres, commissioning new work and embedding an Artist-In-Residence into its programme. IF is delivered every two years with funding from Arts Council England and Milton Keynes Council, and support from businesses, trusts and foundations.
Monica Ferguson, Festival Director and Chief Executive of The Stables: "IF: Milton Keynes International Festival is growing with each edition, and we are delighted to see it playing an increasingly strategic and important role in Milton Keynes’ cultural life as well as raising the city’s profile nationally and internationally."
Dr Ann Limb OBE DL, Chair of The Stables Events Limited: "The Festival is a key factor in driving the international development of Milton Keynes as one of the world’s most innovative new cities. IF helps to invigorate the city's cultural identity, build its reputation as a visitor and investor destination, and enhances the local economy by over £4 million per Festival."
Information about IF: 2012
What people are saying about IF
“The Trust has been involved in a project that has an international reputation. Working with event organisers of the calibre of those involved with the Festival has been very satisfying. The Trust has moved in circles that it has previously only skirted and this has opened doors to other opportunities and projects for the future.” The Parks Trust
"The festival is FANTASTIC - the best thing about MK, I love it! Had a fab time in 2010, an equally good time in 2012 and I look forward to an even better time in 2014!!!" Festival-goer
“Such has been the success of festivals in raising profile and civic enterprise, it's not surprising that every town and city wants one. The latest is Milton Keynes and it's not doing anything by halves. Using the city's singular urban landscape, IF has melded new commissions and UK premieres.” Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
"Absolutely loved the events that I attended and was really proud that I didn't have to travel to London to be a part of such an amazing festival - it was all here in MK. I was so pleased to see such a variety of people at each event - families, teenagers, elderly people, young disadvantaged people that I work with. Thoroughly enjoyed each event and I encouraged all friends and family to go. People are still talking about the events too and I've heard only good things. I was thrilled to see that a lot of the events were fully sold out!" Festival-goer
“Milton Keynes is now 43 and as its retail space becomes an official work of architecture the whole town is filled with works of art as I discovered…as we move around the International Festival we’ll find a lot of these exhibits are interactive and particularly designed to get children involved… " Mark Lawson, BBC Radio 4, Front Row
"I wanted to send praise and congratulations to the whole team for a wonderful Festival. The quality of production throughout the Festival was noticeable – signage (lots of it and nicely designed), great print, a great festival concept that carried through everything. The infrastructure looked and was good quality and clean - plus brilliant and cheerful volunteers.” Caterina Loriggio, Creative Programmer London 2012
“Congratulations on your wonderful achievement! It was a great experience, with a most compelling programme. The feedback from across the University has been overwhelmingly positive.” The Open University
The next Festival is being planned for July 2014. If you are intersted in being a Festival partner, sponsor or have an artistic submission, contact Monica Ferguson, Festival Director and Chief Executive of The Stables by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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