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Performers & film-makers welcomed by Milton Keynes Council

Date Posted:20/11/2015

Milton Keynes CouncilMilton Keynes Council is encouraging artists, musicians and other creatives to come to the city and enjoy free use of its public spaces for filming, entertainment and busking – as long it’s not for profit.

Officers across the local authority have been working together to create a more open environment for people to engage with its outdoor spaces.

The ‘mystery’ around busking & street entertainment has been lifted with a clear policy outlining how and where performers can entertain the public, with sensible guidelines around conditions relating to noise levels and duration of stay for example.

http://www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/leisure-tourism-and-culture/arts-and-heritage/animating-mk

The Black Sheep Collective tested this policy in October as part of the Rugby World Cup with street entertainment outside the train station and in the stadium:mk grounds.  With the success of this, it has now been agreed that film-makers which are part of school/college projects or affiliated with a charity can film without being subject to the standard fees and charges.

“We are really pleased that MK Council has seen the value in enabling local film-makers to use the range of spaces in MK”, director of the charity, MK Film Network told us “we had been travelling to Northampton and Bedford but now we can profile Milton Keynes in our projects.”

As Milton Keynes prepares its bid for European Capital of Culture, it is small steps like these that make all the difference to proving that we are ready to compete with our national peers to be a leading cultural city.

“We’ve been working over the past year to create a fees and charges policy which has already brought income into Milton Keynes”, said Cllr Liz Gifford, the Cabinet member responsible for Community Services, which covers culture and the arts.

She added: “I am pleased we can now enhance that policy to encourage aspiring film-makers into the industry which generates £1.6 billion a year to the UK economy.”

The MK Film Network has been supporting the resurgence of film-making in Milton Keynes and on the 20th November will start a 48-hour Film Challenge;  a competitive filmmaking challenge enabling teams of filmmakers to come together to create a short films from scratch in just 48 hours open to anyone.
 
For further information please email:  arts@milton-keynes.gov.uk

Or telephone Arts Development Officer Lucy Bedford on (01908) 253379

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