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IF announces programme for children and families

Date Posted:03/07/2014

IF: Milton Keynes International Festival returns for its third edition from 18 to 27 July and is bigger and better than ever. From large-scale spectaculars to intimate experiences, the Festival is ten amazing days of international performance and dance, contemporary circus, installations, live music, comedy, cabaret, talks and many free events.

To celebrate the beginning of the summer holidays, the Festival has created IF: Family Focus, a special programme of family-friendly shows and experiences for children and grown-ups:

CHILDREN AND FAMILY: IF: FAMILY FOCUS SERIES

IF Milton KeynesCompañía Itinerània: El Labarint (The Labyrinth)
Catalonian company Itinerània are renowned for transforming open-air locations with highly interactive structures. A network of doors, windows and corridors creates a puzzle-packed maze with challenges, conundrums and riddles along the way.
Wednesday 23 – Sunday 27 July, 11am – 5pm
Festival Central, South Willen Lake Park, MK15 0DS
Free

Peut-être Theatre & Dante or Die: Clunk
Early years audiences (under 5s) and their families can join three actor-musicians for an outdoor, theatrical mini-gig that is jam-packed with trombones, trumpets, saxophones and songs. Clunk is commissioned by Small Wonders.
Wednesday 23 & Thursday 24 July, 11am & 1.30pm
Friday 25 July: 1.30pm & 2.45pm
Festival Central, South Willen Lake Park, MK15 0DS
Free. For under-5s

IF Milton KeynesInsect Circus Museum
Housed in a vintage, mahogany-lined, Bedford TK beetlebox lorry, this unique museum displays a stunning array of costumes, props, puppets, toys and ephemera from the extraordinary collection of the Insect Circus Society.  
Wednesday 23 - Saturday 26 July, 11am - 5pm
Festival Central, South Willen Lake Park, MK15 0DS
Free

MK Play Association: Workshops with Anna Francis
This drop-in workshop is inspired by the Festival’s Family Focus events. Children can use the provided scrap materials to make their own Iron Man mask or insects from the Insect Circus Museum as well as contributing to large-scale constructions and more.
Wednesday 23 - Sunday 27 July, 11am - 5pm
Festival Central, South Willen Lake Park, MK15 0DS
Free. For 5+

Graeae Theatre Company: The Iron Man
Ted Hughes’ classic modern fable is brought to life through a colossal iron puppet, live and recorded soundscapes and a compelling mix of words, sign language and audio description. This enthralling production is performed by a talented cast of deaf and disabled actors and musicians.
Wednesday 23 July, 11.30am & 3.45pm
Thursday 24 July, 12.45pm & 3.45pm
Friday 25 July, 12.15pm & 3.15pm
Festival Central, South Willen Lake Park, MK15 0DS
Free

Commotion Dance: Little Artist, Big Painting
This playful and intriguing show, commissioned by festival consortium Small Wonders, has been made especially for the outdoors and creates a colourful world of movement and dance at the same time as creating a larger-than-life painting. Little artists can also create their own big painting with the dancers after the performance.
Saturday 26 July, 11am, 1.30pm & 3.30pm
Sunday 27 July, 11am, 1pm & 3.15pm
Festival Central, South Willen Lake Park, MK15 0DS
Free. For under-5s

Jaipur Kawa Brass Band
Hailing from a long family lineage of musicians, tabla maestro Hameed Khan Kawa (see Music above) has assembled a brass band with its roots in Rajasthan. This rousing musical extravaganza embraces a range of elaborate rhythms, musical styles and Bollywood themes, accompanied by a beautifully-costumed traditional dancer.
Friday 25 July, 11.30am, 2pm & 4.15pm
Festival Central, South Willen Lake Park, MK15 0DS
Free

Periplum: Imaginarium
Inspired by Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, the Imaginarium brings together modern technology, film and traditional parlour games to create a delightful flight of fantasy onto a magical other worldly place, peopled by some of Wonderland’s unsung heroes.
Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 July, 11am - 5pm
Festival Central, South Willen Lake Park, MK15 0DS
Free

Whalley Range Allstars: Compost Mentis
Compost Mentis features a large compost heap set in a small allotment and the gardener who looks after it. Things begin to go wrong when the gardener discovers that the compost heap has developed a life of its own. Live action with puppets and mechanical and musical interventions ensure that the audience, like the gardener, are led up the garden path.
Saturday 26 July, 12noon & 4pm
Sunday 27 July, 12.30pm & 3.45pm
Festival Central, South Willen Lake Park, MK15 0DS
Free

C-12 Dance: Market Stall
This high-octane outdoor show mixes circus skills, theatre, street dance and parkour – and a fully-functioning market stall! Getting your five-a-day has never been such fun.
Saturday 26 July, 11.30am, 3pm & 4.30pm
Sunday 27 July, 11.30am, 1.30pm & 4.30pm
Festival Central, South Willen Lake Park, MK15 0DS
Free

MORE CHILDREN AND FAMILY
Puppet State Theatre: The Man Who Planted Trees     
This multi-sensory theatrical adaptation of Jean Giono’s environmental classic tells the inspiring story of a shepherd who plants a forest, acorn by acorn, transforming a barren wasteland. As much a touching tale as a hilarious puppet show, The Man Who Planted Trees shows us the difference one man (and his dog) can make to the world.
Wednesday 23 July, 2pm
Thursday 24 July, 11.30am & 2pm
The Stables Spiegeltent, South Willen Lake Park, MK15 0DS
Tickets: £10.50, Under 16s £9.50, Family of 4 (max 2 adults) £38
For 7+

Comedy 4 Kids  
Like the name says it’s a comedy club for kids. Encounter some of the best comedians from the UK and world circuit doing what they do best but without the rude bits.
Sunday 27 July, 2pm
The Stables Spiegeltent, South Willen Lake Park, MK15 0DS
Tickets £10, Under 16s £9, family of 4 (max 2 adults) £36
For 6+

BOOKING IF TICKETS
Online: www.ifmiltonkeynes.org
Telephone: 01908 280800
Textphone users: 18001 01908 280800
In person: The Stables, Stockwell Lane, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, MK17 8LU
Festival Box Offices open at Festival sites on Friday 18 July
 

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