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Culture in Milton Keynes



Milton Keynes celebrates nearly 50 years of unique new-town culture and 20million years of history. We are one of the fastest growing places in the UK which means that arts, sports and heritage activities are constantly evolving and growing in ambition and scale.  We do things differently from other places and our diverse communities and can-do spirit enable us to develop really exciting activities and events for thousands of people to enjoy throughout the year.

Because we have stunning parks and well-designed urban spaces we have are well known for our many festivals, carnivals and out-door events.   Milton Keynes has 5,000 acres of parkland and woodland, over 150 public art sculptures, 21km of canal towpaths and network of over 270km of Redway cycle routes.  You can explore Milton Keynes’ many cultural treasures as well as stay healthy.  

We have world-class international stories of importance including code-breaking at Bletchley Park, John Newton’s ‘Amazing Grace’ in Olney, The Stables music venue and the MK Bowl.  We also welcome international arts and cultural excellence through our biannual International Festival, MK Stadium and MK Gallery and Theatre.  

Within these pages you can find out about up-coming activities and events by clicking What’s On; learn about the different cultural venues and organisations by clicking Cultural Places; find new ways to explore Milton Keynes in the Outdoor Events/Culture section; and keep up to date with news and discussions via our News & Features section.

You can also download our Cultural Map of Milton Keynes - CLICK HERE



Listed below are the cultural highlights for the next few years including the exciting opportunity for city-wide celebrations of MK50 – Milton Keynes 50th Anniversary in 2017.

2017

MK Gallery Expansion Opening www.mkgallery.org
To coincide with MK’s 50th anniversary year,  MK Gallery will re-open its newly expanded building with doubled exhibition spaces, facilities for cinema, performances and events, dedicated education and community resources and a new café.

MK50 – Milton Keynes’ 50th Anniversary
A cultural, community and civic celebratory programme will celebrate Milton Keynes’ coming of age throughout 2017.  From large-scale play and public art to re-enactments and major young-peoples projects.  Watch this space as the programme unfolds…..

Interaction DanceMilton Keynes aims high!
This could be the year MK becomes a city or even bids for the European Capital of Culture 2023. Watch this space for up-to-date information.

2018

Milton Keynes Museum Opening www.miltonkeynesmuseum.org.uk
Milton Keynes Museum will be transformed into the City Museum that Milton Keynes deserves during 2016 - 2017 and will re-open to the public in 2018 boasting a new building, fantastic interactive displays, a New Town gallery and refurbished displays throughout the existing museum spaces.  

Check out the tweets using #CultureMK and make sure you use the hashtag in any tweets sent out. Why not visit our What's On page for all the upcoming cultural events across Milton Keynes.