Arts and Culture festival puts MK on global map

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The city’s annual Arts and Culture Festival reached out across the world to put Milton Keynes on the map.

More than 4,000 visitors from far and wide descended on Campbell Park to celebrate the event with people coming from Leicester, Bolton, Oxford, Luton, Aylesbury and London to take part in the Digital Art Salaam Wall for Peace.

The two-day festival, which was digitially beamed to seven countries across the world, helped celebrate diversity across Milton Keynes.

It was supported by international artists including Haji Noor Deen, of China, Baraka Blue, of USA, Shafeek from Egypt, Mojgan Lisar from Holland, and Peter Gould from Australia who choreographed the project, believed to a first, enabling the festival to link up with artists across four continents.

Special guests across the two days included Suban Shafik, deputy Mayor, High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire Sir Stuart Hampson, Lord Lieutenant of Bucks, Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher, president of MK Community Foundation, Alexander Boswell, Supt Barry Halliday, local police area commander for Milton Keynes, Dr Julie Mills, chief executive of and principal of Milton Keynes College, and representatives of Interfaith communities.

They helped launch the initiative organised by MKIAC,(Milton Keynes Islamic Arts & Culture).

Anna Henderson, executive director of Equality and Diversity at MK College, was delighted to see so many diverse communities taking part.

Anouar Kassim, director of MKIAC, extended thanks to the MK Community Foundation, Bletchley parish, Arts Council, Awards for All, MK Council, The Parks Trust, Inter-Action, MK Gallery, Festive Roads, and MK Dons, for their Sports contribution, and all the volunteers who contributed to the success of the event.

A Mayor’s certificate was presented to festival volunteers by Dr Julie Mills chief executive and principal of MK College and the deputy Mayor.

A fashion show presented by Macintyre was a big hit with audiences who admired the work of disabled models who designed and showed off their creations.