The festival, organised by Milton Keynes Peace & Justice Network, will be held on Saturday, June 18, at Fred Roche Gardens (behind the Church of Christ the Cornerstone) in Central Milton Keynes. Admission is free.
The event will be held from midday-8pm with music, poetry, stalls and speakers from local and national campaign groups, food stalls and a yoga workshop.
Lead speaker is Chris Rose, director of international human rights organisation The Amos Trust(2). Artistes will include Mobius Loop, The International Lovers and local talents Jasmine Burns, Mitchell Taylor and Yaw Asiyama.
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Kevin Vickers, chair of MK Peace & Justice Network said: Milton Keynes has always been active in the cause of peace, with the Buddhist temple and membership of global network Mayors for Peace).
"Yet we have arms companies, major military installations and nuclear targets on our doorstep. At a time of rising international tension and renewed war in Europe, many are keen to explore alternatives to militarism, oppression and violence – while also having a great day out.”
> Fred Roche Gardens lie in the heart of the city centre, behind Christ the Cornerstone church and The Guildhall, and overlooked by offices on Silbury and Midsummer Boulevards.
The gardens were named after the late Fred Roche, general manager of Milton Keynes Development Corporation who was one of the original town planners of the city, to keep the MK spirit of creative innovation and vision alive.