Art in the Park makes a colourful return

Art in the Park PNL-150630-165937001
Art in the Park PNL-150630-165937001

The fifth Art In the Park Festival is taking place this weekend.

Organised by Milton Keynes Islamic Arts Heritage and Culture (MKIAC), the event in Campbell Park will include live music, performances, visual arts, digital art, storytelling, moving image and workshops between 1pm and 7pm on both days.

International visual artists Mojgan Lisar, Peter Sanders, Ruh Al-Alam, Rachel Gadsden and Razwan Baig will be exhibiting their work.

The live music stage includes singers, bands and dancers showcasing distinctive world cultures including Paul ‘OmniVibes’ Jackson, As’shiq Al Rasul, Abdelkader Saadoun and, from Spain, Ali Keeler and the Al Firdus Ensemble.

After its successful debut last year the Art of Food Festival returns with demonstrations, a competition featuring local participants and students cooking alongside established chefs overseen by Chef Murray Chapman, co-founder of A Passion to Inspire, a national initiative and competition to inspire and educate young people in the hospitality industry.  

For the first time this year is a parade through the streets of MK tomorrow, Saturday, afternoon featuring London-based carnival company Kinetika Bloco and MK-based outdoor arts company Festive Road working with local schools and community performers.

Festival goers will be able to see a specially constructed giant Luminarium from Architects of Air featuring sounds and light. At regular intervals throughout the weekend the luminarium will host storytelling events suitable for all the family.

There will also be community stalls, food stalls, funfair and interactive activities.

Festival goers can share their photographs of the event in a special competition with selected entries displayed on the giant digital screen. Bletchley Ladies rugby team will be showcasing their talents to mark the Rugby World Cup.

Anouar Kassim, the director of MKIAC said: “I would like to invite you all to be part of this extraordinary, inspiring and creative journey that brings our diverse community together in a rich variety of events that will highlight the wealth of artistic, culinary and sporting talent in our community.”