Feast of Fire
Celebrating Milton Keynes’ 50th Anniversary
For MK50 and MK Gallery’s City Club, we’re working with music organisation The Stables on an exciting commission to mark the 50th anniversary of Milton Keynes’ official designation as a New Town back in 1967.
Our brief is to create an event that will form the highlight of a year-long series of celebrations, bringing a party feel to this unique Buckinghamshire city by animating spaces in its now highly renowned urban design.
Milton Keynes is unquestionably the most iconic of post-war New Towns, created to help relieve the rapidly over-populated and under-housed boroughs of London.
Built on a grid pattern to a progressive master plan conceived by the Milton Keynes Development Corporation, Milton Keynes is unashamedly modernist in its design and remains a fascinating example of visionary post-war town planning covering 119 square miles, and designed so that no one is ever more than half a mile away from parkland.
Surprising, different and ground-breaking - and much loved by its fiercely proud residents - it comes as no surprise that we have a natural affinity with Milton Keynes, which is why we're delighted to be creating Feast of Fire in the early autumn.
Set within Central Milton Keynes’ urban landscape, our programme of events will provide an array of site-responsive performances and installations featuring:
- A torch-lit procession
- A performance of our touring show Spellbound
- A Fire Garden in Midsummer Boulevard
- Fire drawings
- Installations by French artist Denis Tricot Denis Tricot
- A music stage featuring a live set by Mr Wilson’s Second Liners
The FREE event takes place on Saturday 21 October, and starts at 6.30pm.
Commissions for Feast of Fire
If you're an artist working in Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire or Hertfordshire, check out our artist commission call out for installations in two of Milton Keynes’ iconic porte cochère structures. Click here for more information.
Feast of Fire is funded by an Arts Council England Ambition for Excellence Award though MK Gallery’s City Club and Milton Keynes Council, created by Walk the Plank and produced by The Stables with IF: Milton Keynes International Festival