Deliciously dIFferent

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IF:Fest reaches its conclusion this weekend, but there is still plenty to get stuck into prior to Sunday’s curtain down.

The music programme has already made a terrific amount of aurative deposits – with shows by Nell Bryden, Ade Edmondson and his Bad Shepherds and only yesterday, The Feeling.

Things continue on a tasty tip this evening, with composer, cellist and kora player Tunde Jegede creating dialogues across two cultural musical legacies – Western classical and the Griot tradition of West Africa in the Gambia.

Tunde is using the show at Pentalum, Middleton Hall thecentre:mk to launch his new album, Testimony.

Also this evening, Les Clöchards and their eclectic mix of home-made drums, saxophone, melodica, stylophone and a custom-made Dobro, at the Stables Spiegeltent in Willen South.

The Puppini Sisters (below) are full of swing-pop and close harmonies and they go live on Saturday.

The last collective live at Spiegel will be The Monster Ceilidh Band, Electro Ceilidh, on Sunday evening.

Fiery folk, funky riffs, glitchy drum n bass beats and live drums will lead the way.

Away from the live sounds, a slew of commissions and premieres have been colouring up the city – including Kaffe Matthews: The Lock Shift Songs, which continues running until the festival close, opposite Door 10 in thecentre:mk.

Some of you will have already come face to face with Lucie Lom’s Les Rèveurs (The Dreamers).

The 35 mysterious life-size statues have been silently moving through the city over the course of IF and they aren’t stopping yet...

Southpaw Dance Company deliver a fiery re-imagining of Goethe’s classic tale of Faust tomorrow and Saturday night, at Xscape.

Southpaw will take you back to a time of ‘swinging big band sounds and suave sharp suits, combining world-class break dance moves with classic Lindy Hop and Charleston.’

We like the sound of this, and you will like the price – it’s free.

But keeping the kids happy is easy with IF – which has been operating a full family focus series.

Running through to Sunday, Compañia Itinerània: El Labyrinth is an interactive structure of doors, windows and corridors resulting in a puzzle-packed maze with challenges, conundrums and riddles.

Head to Willen Lake daily between 11am and 5pm to enjoy that, and indeed the Insect Circus Museum.

The MK Play Association has daily workshops with Anna Francis, and Graeae Theatre Company bring modern fable The Iron Man to life.

A talented cast of deaf and disabled actors and musicians will present Ted Hughes’ work, with performances today and tomorrow.

We mentioned it earlier, but if you’ve yet to visit Pentalum in thecentre:mk you’ve still time to put that to rights, andstep inside before the festival close. 
Leave your shoes at the door and step inside an alien, trippy, colourful installation – GO! joined thousands of othersto wander the ‘corridors’ of the impressive structure.

These and lots more events are on the menu between now and the end of the weekend, and you’ll get the full programme, times and admissions by visiting www.ifmiltonkeynes.org