Commonwealth Big Arty Lunch held in Milton Keynes

The Mayor of Milton Keynes joins guests at the event
The Mayor of Milton Keynes joins guests at the event

Milton Keynes Islamic Arts, Heritage and Culture held an event “Commonwealth Big Arty Lunch” attended by 60 delegates from the commonwealth last week.

Milton Keynes Islamic Arts, Heritage and Culture held an event “Commonwealth Big Arty Lunch” attended by 60 delegates from the commonwealth last week.

The event, celebrating the rich diversity of the Commonwealth in conjunction with the Eden Project Big Commonwealth Lunch, was held at Milton Keynes College campus, The Brassiere.

Students catered for the the event and a Commonwealth inspired menu was provided for the guests.

The morning consisted of welcome speeches by MKIAC patron Lady Elizabeth Howe and MKIAC director Anouar Kassim MBE, followed by a speech on “Commonwealth environment and business opportunities” by Sarah Poopola.

There then was an opportunity for delegates to learn or showcase their mosaic skills through an artist led session to produce a large mosaic depicting the commonwealth flag.

The Mayor of Milton Keynes and the vice Lord Lieutenantwho spoke about the role of the commonwealth it’s history, goals, relevance, values and future plans.

Alexander Boswell, Her Majesty’s Vice Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire, said: “Of all the Queen’s great achievements, the development of the Commonwealth of Nations is likely to stand out as one of her greatest. Drawing together a third of the world’s population in a shared spirit of peace, harmony and mutual understanding makes for a remarkable legacy. The Charter of the Commonwealth aspires to the highest principles for humanity. The Commonwealth is a truly significant force for good in this troubled world.

Like many others around the globe at this time, MK’s Commonwealth Big Lunch was a joyous celebration of the diversity, mutual respect and values of this great institution.

Delegates and dignities came from across Milton Keynes representing commonwealth countries: Pakistan, India, Caribbean, Africa, Hong Kong, and England.

The event was a colourful spectacular as many delegates wore traditional dress.

The Commonwealth Arty Lunch was funded by MKIAC through its “One Journey Connecting communities programme.”