No buts, but lots and lots of IFs!

Duke Special
Duke Special

THERE is a feast of events waiting for you to probe during the 10 amazing days that make up IF, rolling out across the new city from tomorrow.

Here are just a few of them...

Stables Spiegeltent will host stand-up, cabaret and live music across the whole of the IF Fest, with lots of familiar faces.

Performing first in the Spiegel, catch up with the lush, bracingly eccentric Duke Special.

Make sure you take a trip to see the fella in the world he inhabits: One ‘filled with beautifully bruised romanticism, vaudeville-esque sensibility, sing-a-longs and addictive melodies,’ or you’ll kick yourselves.

And that hurts.

Also going all Spiegel in the coming week, you’ll catch funnyman Phill Jupitus with a stack of new material ready to spill before he cuts it loose at the Fringe Festival.

‘You’re Probably Wondering Why I’ve Asked You Here,’ is the title.

See Phill on Saturday, or try folk fantastics The Unthanks on Monday night at 8pm.

Unthanks pianist Adrian McNally is also the IF artist in residence, and the man behind the album Harbour of Songs, inspired by The Boat Project, which leads us nicely into that...

The Lone Twin Boat Project is in the new city as part of its maiden voyage, from tomorrow.

The 30ft boat will be moored in a harbour at Queen’s Court over at thecentre:mk

What makes this vessel all the more unusual than any other water cruiser?

It has been pulled together from hundred and hundreds of pieces of wood with special meaning.

Pop along and investigate what organisers are calling a ‘living archive of our lives.’

Now you might be used to rocks in the middle of your street, but not strategically placed, retro bouncy ones!

Tomorrow, just for the one day, Sacrilege, a life-sized inflatable replica of Stonehenge will be on the Fishermead estate (located between Pencarrow Place and Pentewan Gate) for all ages to bounce on!

Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller created the piece: A lot of my work deals with history, and Sacrilege is no exception, this is a way to get re-acquainted with ancient Britain – with your shoes off!” he said.

The inflatable will entertain throughout the summer, popping up to delight London 2012 audiences...

We stay with Friday, but move to Campbell Park for Carabosse: Fire Gardens.

Fire alchemists LCC will transform the outdoor setting using fire, flames, live music and sound stages.

For your part?

Simply wander through the avenues, explore labyrinths and experience the glowness!

Les Jardins de Feu – to use it’s French title, will also be fired up on Saturday and Sunday, from 9pm.

Pioneering Cambodian company Phare Ponleu Selpak will be in the Theatre tent from today and daily to Monday.

The acrobatic aces use physical choreography and impeccable object manipulation to replay memories of their country’s recent history.

If you like film, you’ll be pleased as punch that Independent Cinema have teamed up with IF to present The Adventures of Prince Achmed on Wednesday, in the Theatre tent, but before you view that, you MUST take a look at the first public showing locally of Marvin.

The 10-minute film is by baby Cow Animation, with narration by Steve Coogan and our very own Tim Searle producing.

Catch it from 7.30pm,

Tickets are £12 for adults, £10 for under 16s.

As we’ve said already, then, there are simply loads of IF-fy events for you to sample over the coming 10 days.

Theatre, dance, comedy, workshops, installations, music, talks and so much more – including that aforementioned ‘Les Jardins ...’ flame-tastic affair.

Some events are paid for, lots are free.

A feast of fabulous – new thinking for the new city.