‘City of Light’ festival begins in Milton Keynes

    Milton Keynes Islamic Arts and Culture shines a light on the city with free upcoming art festival, 'City of Light', from today until 10th October.

    Since its pivotal role in World War Two, Milton Keynes has been known as the ‘City of Code’. But, for five days, it will become the ‘City of Light’.

    Bringing together Milton Keynes’ rich heritage in technology and communications, the city’s incredibly diverse and engaged community, and Islam’s uniquely artistic cultural background, Milton Keynes Islamic Arts and Culture (MKIAC) presents the ‘City of Light’ festival.

    From the people that brought you ‘Art in the Park’, ‘City of Light’ is a reflection of MKIAC’s mission to bring Islamic contributions to art, maths and science to the fore, through an exploration of MK’s technological past.

    Founding Director of MKIAC, Anouar Kassim MBE says, “The City of Light festival will unite Milton Keynes’ wonderfully diverse communities to learn about, engage with, and understand one another.

    MKIAC was founded on the belief that art can bridge divides, and this festival is a shining example of that. With activities ranging from Islamic art workshops to a STEM careers fair, from complex climate change discussions to a fully-loaded light and sound parade, there really is something for everyone. We can’t wait to welcome you all.”


    • The FREE 5-day festival will take place from today, 6th - 10th October 2021
    • The festival will be hosted at a range of venues across the city including Bletchley Park, Midsummer Place, and MK Station Square. It will include workshops, seminars and unique cultural performances featuring a combination of art, science and technology (full schedule below)
    • The ‘main event’ is comprised of a parade of light and music and a spectacular light show which will be seen right across the city, both taking place on 9th October in Central Milton Keynes
    • The light show - which will include interactive elements through which attendees will be able to control lasers with their own smartphones - will also be shown once again on 10th October

    You can read the full schedule here

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