IF: Milton Keynes International Festival has announced details of a brand new event, Feast of Fire, that will celebrate MK50, the year-long 50th anniversary celebrations of Milton Keynes.
On Saturday, October 21, the streets of Milton Keynes will be lit up by fire, pyrotechnics and fireworks with specially commissioned fire sculptures, live music, performances and The People’s Procession.
Commissioned by City Club and produced by IF: Milton Keynes International Festival, Feast of Fire is being created especially for the city by outdoor arts experts Walk the Plank, working in close collaboration with participating artists and the people of Milton Keynes.
Feast of Fire opens with Walk the Plank’s Spellbound, a large-scale family show, which tells the story of Rama and Sita through shadow play punctuated by fire and special effects to mark Diwali, the festival of lights. Carrying flaming torches in The People’s Procession, 250 citizens of all ages and backgrounds from Milton Keynes’ communities will then lead audiences through a traffic-free Midsummer Boulevard (East) where fire sculptures and performances will light up the cityscape. Milton Keynes’ black porte cochère street structures will be transformed by artists including French sculptor Denis Tricot and sonic artist Dan Fox.
The evening will end with a party in The Point Car Park and fireworks.
Liz Pugh, co-director of Walk the Plank, said: “Walk the Plank is delighted to be creating Feast of Fire. Inspired by Milton Keynes’ planner and architect Derek Walker’s original idea to ‘lose the city in a recreated forest’, we’ve chosen to ‘grow’ fiery artworks out of the very fabric of the city – its boulevards, carparks and underpasses. Our creative team and pyrotechnic wizards have joined together with international and locally-based artists, young people and volunteers to animate and transform the very heart of Milton Keynes.”
Monica Ferguson, director of the International Festival, added: “Feast of Fire is designed to be a fabulous free party to celebrate Milton Keynes at 50. We are pleased to be able to play our part in bringing people together to mark this occasion and are grateful to the many organisations, sponsors, trusts and foundations who are supporting the event.”
Image; Vipul Sangoi