This year’s Arts and Culture Festival, newly named Art in the Park, was a resounding success, despite grey skies.
It is sure to say that spells of rain did not dampen the spirits of attendees at the two-day cultural event, which took place in Campbell Park on the 2nd and 3rd of August.
“You couldn’t have asked for better ingredients for this successful festival, great food demo, international, local and national artists taking part, as well as a great selection of cultural art performers,” said Anouar, Director of MKIAC organiser of Art in the Park.
Among the dignitaries attending the event were Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire, Mayor Councillor Subhan Shafiq, Council Leader Pete Marland and community leaders from all sectors. They enjoyed entertainment from Kinetika Bloco, an exuberant group of young brass and woodwind players, who got people in the swing, celebrating diverse cultures and arts for their fifth year.
Other performers included Rhythmnreel from Edinburgh with Gaelic fusion, Bollywood Brass Band, Chinese Orchestra, Yemani youth band and Rai Abdulkader Saadoun, while a digital art wall brought overseas artists to the event, from countries such as China, Australia, Malaysia, Spain and Canada.
Art in the Park 2014 also hosted the ‘Milton Keynes Healthy Eating Cook-Off Competition’ Final, lead by TV Celebratory Chef Cyrus Todiwala, owner of Café Spice Namaste and Chef Murray Chapman, director of First Contact Chefs. The lucky competition winner was Shanaaz Ayub, with Helen Bedeau achieving the runner-up spot.
”We would like to thank all of our Volunteers, MK Community Foundation, Ramada Encore MK, MK College, Arts Council, MK Council, Bucks Fire Rescue Services partners and our MK Communities for taking part”, added Anouar.