Ed Miliband hails success of IF: Milton Keynes International Festival

Jul 22, 2014

Mr Miliband took a walk through the spectacular walk-through sculpture Pentalum, created by artists Architects of Air to celebrate the beauty of geometry and inspired by gothic cathedrals, Islamic architecture and nature.

He was joined on his visit by Labour’s parliamentary candidates for Milton Keynes, Andrew Pakes and Emily Darlington, and Milton Keynes Council leader Cllr Pete Marland.

Mr Miliband said: “I think it’s a brilliant thing to do to a shopping centre; to open it up to the public, not just for shopping but for the fantastic exhibits that we have.” 

IF: Milton Keynes International Festival takes place every two years and attracts more than 90,000 visitors with its multi-arts programme. The mix of music and art is estimated to generate £4 million for Milton Keynes.  

Sir Peter Bazalgette, chairman of Arts Council England, was also among the visitors to the International Festival on its opening weekend.

He said: “It’s great to put pop-up festival events where there’s already lots of people because they can enjoy it at a very low cost or for free.

“In the jargon of the business, it’s called follow the footfall and there’s great footfall here at centre:mk so with the co-operation of the owners, which I’m delighted to say the festival has achieved, it’s a great partnership.” 

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