Art at the Lake Festival comes to Willen Lake this weekend (Sat 29th & Sun 30th June)

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24 June 2019


MKIAC delivers a large scale two day annual multicultural community festival “Art at the Lake“.

Last year we were delighted to see 11,000 festival goers enjoying our programme of cultural music, international artists, visual arts, alongside live demonstrations and arts workshops.

It’s our 11th year of the Festival and this year we’re focusing on Creativity and Connections. We are exploring links between creativity and culture, especially connections with refugees, new settlers and the indigenous population of Milton Keynes. We are also looking at digital connections, artificial intelligence and robots. We have robots at the festival provided by Robotiza, and Cybernetic performers from Motus Dance Company leading our fantastic Parade of Colours.

International artists will be performing on the stage

On Saturday there will be music from Ayan De First and Oduduwa Nigerian talking drummers , a Caribbean Steel band, Kefaya an award winning international collective performing global folk, Danto Aiyya playing music to evoke the desert music from a Libya, MK Chinese Fusion dance group, and Matuki an Afobeat performer. Performing alongside these established performers newly created Multi Cultural Youth Orchestra supported by The London Syrian Ensemble from Milton Keynes will take the stage.

On Sunday the music includes Eternal Taal an award winning Punjabi female group of dancers and drummers who performed at Glastonbury. A Yemini folklore group Urja Thakore a traditional Kathak dancer, Samia Malik a poet and songwriter and artist. AAR will deliver inspiring melodies to install love and peace and Aar Maanta one of Somalia’s greatest composers will close the festival.

There will be a food festival and community stalls providing cuisine from around the world.

Interactive Art installations

  • Geographical Child’s Play an interactive installation by artist  from Saudi Arabia
  • Borderline: frontier a VR installation following the daily lives of refugees in Milton Keynes by Now What.
  • “Transforming Lives of Syrian and Iraqi refugee women” interactive experience by Rachel Gadeston
  • Inevitable Fringe by RARA intricate weaving combining Arabic and Victorian cultures.
  • Teakster a multi award winning artist creating a mural live at the festival which you can take part.
  • Exhibition of textiles from MKIAC’s Cross stitching : Beyond Borders project with artist Maryam Smit and Jane Charles
  • Films will be screened in the art marque from MKIAC’s New Town and Screen Sisters Projects.

Arts workshops

Fun for all the family £2 charge for an Artsband to enable entry to all the arts workshops in the Art Marquee including; Modern Arabic Calligraphy , Arabeque, Turkish Marbling and Persian Calligraphy.



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