MK Fringe Festival Surprises & Delights

Photo courtesy Jessica Rost

Photo courtesy Jessica Rost

This was the third year of Milton Keynes Festival Fringe with eight days of (slightly outrageous) Fringe activity taking place in CMK and beyond.

An estimated 15,000 people engaged in Fringe activities across 16 sites over eight days.  Some of the highlights included:

  • Folk Dance Remixed – sponsored by CMK Town Council, performing as warm-up to the Walking with Giants Parade.
  • The Pitch: Events in Tents – in and around pop-up tents which were pitched outside thecentre:mk, where there was dance, theatre, a pop up art gallery, drawing and puppetry workshops, art performance and much more.
  • Librarians – a new show by Pestiferous, staged in – surprise! surprise! – MK Central Library, which attracted a large number of people for both performances.
  • Busking on the Buses – bringing over 3 hours of amazing acoustic experience to MK buses.

MK Fringe is an alternative platform for local and regional artists. From its inception in 2012 as an event which could provide space for Fringe activity alongside the MK International Festival (IF), the MK Festival Fringe has developed steadily, growing its own following and reputation for artistic quality and sheer fun.

Funding for MK Fringe 2014 came largely from grant givers: Arts Council England, MK Council, MK Community Foundation and CMK Town council.