MK Performing Arts Festival to showcase local talent

mpmc MK Youth Brass
mpmc MK Youth Brass

Microphones at the ready, the city’s most talented dancers, actors and young musicians are set to perform at the 46th annual Milton Keynes Festival for the Arts.

The festival starts on February 22 and run through until the end of March, with performances taking place at The Venue, Walton High School, and The Ridgeway Centre.

The event is the city’s largest annual performing arts festival and will showcase a diverse range of local acts including dance, choirs, barbershop singers, and orchestras. Audiences to the music festival, which akes place on March 1 and 2, will be treated to more than 650 separate performances, with 585 talented acts presented by students aged under 18.

Before each young performer takes to the stage, they will be given coaching and advice on their act from an experienced professional adjudicator. There will be a series of medals, trophies and prizes for the best performances.

The festival, which first began in 1968, has gone from strength to strength and is now a permanent fixture in the city calendar. In 2013 the event hosted 2,000 amateur performers, 95 per cent of which were children of school age.

Kawai Pianos UK, based in Milton Keynes, sponsor the festival and generously provide the event with two concert grand pianos for performers and accompanists.

Organisers are looking for prospective volunteers to help out at various performances. For details of dates and times see