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Studios-Desks-Creative space available at Art Central!

Would you like to be a Resident of Arts Central and have your own permanent space at our Creative Hub community with 24/7 access? Looking for somewhere ‘other than home or the kitchen table’ to be creative and/or run your business? With other like-minded creatives who inspire each other possibly creating networking/collaborative opportunities (if you’d like that)? Somewhere to write, paint, draw, work on projects, do media & design, run workshops, events, meet your clients, photography, music, dance, do arts & crafts, fashion, community arts or just the admin that goes along with running your own business! We have a few studios and desk areas available at the moment at the most affordable rates in Milton Keynes! Get in touch now to arrange a visit/tour

Only Fools And Boycie – An intimate evening with Only Fools And Horses actor John Challis.

Enjoy an intimate evening with John Challis, one of the nation’s greatest comedy actors, best known as Boycie in BBC1’s Only Fools and Horses. In this one-off show the national treasure will reveal secrets from the set with stories and anecdotes from his dazzling career. Having worked with some of the biggest names in show business, he’ll be spilling the beans about Only Fools and Horses co-stars like Sir David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst and friends and fellow performers like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Oliver Reed and George Best. He’ll also recall tales from his time in Dr Who, Coronation Street and other TV classics. Mr Challis will also meet fans after the show to sign autographs and pose for pictures, while signing copies

Be part of Rimini Protokoll’s UK Premier ‘Remote Milton Keynes’

IFMK 2016 –International Festival Milton Keynes Be part of Rimini Protokoll’s UK Premier ‘Remote Milton Keynes’ IFMK 2016 are looking for a committed individual to volunteer, become part of the company and become part of this immersive tour of Milton Keynes for 10 days of the festival in July. There will be two shows a day at weekends and one show per day during the week. Download the full brief ‘here’ http://ifmiltonkeynes.org/festival-programme/2016/07/15/rimini-protokoll-remote-milton-keynes.html If you are interested to join the team, please get in touch with Amanda Pickard: amanda.pickard@stables.org

An Acoustic Evening @ Bogotá Cafe 7th Nov

The Bogotá Coffee Company would like to invite you to a very chilled out acoustic evening on the Saturday 7th November with: – Soul Urban Poet | https://www.facebook.com/soulurbanpoet – Kit Green | https://m.soundcloud.com/onekitgreen – Tanith Corinne | https://soundcloud.com/tanithm – Francis | https://www.facebook.com/listentofrancis Come and enjoy “the best coffee in Milton Keynes”! FREE ENTRY  |  7 till 11pm

Shakespeare on the lawn

  Event: Two-day Shakespeare Festival Date/ Time: 12 & 13 September 2015, 3 – 5pm Venue: Westbury Arts Centre, Foxcovert Rd, Shenley Wood, Milton Keynes MK5 6AA The weekend of the 12th and 13th of September sees the fourth annual “Shakespeare on The Lawn” performances at Westbury Arts Centre. Local professional and amateur actors will be presenting a dramatic medley of extracts from the Bard’s plays. The 17th Century farm building is the perfect back-drop for this event. Performances begin at 3pm and entry is free.

Resources for the Arts Survey (takes 4 mins)!

Are you based in MK area and do organise events or performances of any sort (fetes/festivals/concerts/plays/carnivals etc.)?  If so please complete the survey of seven questions (takes 4 mins!) to help Arts Gateway establish how best to support you with resources. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VWF3H8Z Please share too. Many thanks.

Arts Gateway Mingle (Arts Networking) – 23rd June

Please join us for our next Mingle ‘Networking for the Arts’ event on 23rd June 2015 – 6.30 – 9pm @ Arts Central There’ll be the usual Mingle activities, with lots of Networking, 1 or 2 presentations, some performance / music and refreshments whilst browsing a few stalls. Register for free here: https://agmk-mingle-230615.eventbrite.co.uk/ More details on the programme will follow shortly… Programme 6.30pm – Mingling and Networking (with refreshments) in  Cafe/Chill-out area 7.00pm – Welcome-AGMK/Arts Central/CARC updates (dance floor)  – John Best (Chair), Anthony Lucas-Smith (CARC Chair) Introductions of Key AGMK/Arts Central Reps (current vacancy for literature Chair) 7.05pm – Anouar Kassim (MKIAHC) – Art In the Park 7.10pm – Alex Salisbury  Acoustic Performance 7.20pm – Gin Fizz Events – Viv Doolan/Richard Welsh 7.30pm –

Arts Central’s Festival of Nations – Thurs 30th July – 1-9pm

Arts Central’s Festival of Nations inaugural event was in July 2014 with over 500 people through the doors! It is all about the celebration of International dance, music, poetry, storytelling, photography, film, native dress, game & food! FESTIVAL OF NATIONS 2015 RUNNING ORDER/INFO MC’S – MKFM – CHRIS GREGG/ANDY GILBERT (ONE WORLD CLUB) 1.00pm: Event starts – MC Chris Gregg (MKFM) 1.40pm: Opening of event by Chair John Best (into introduction of first act): MK Chinese Fusion Dance Group 1.55pm: Burton St John – Kiwi Stories 2.05pm: Hasini & Meenu – Indian Classical dance 2.15pm: Harmanics 2.30pm: Rashmi’s Bollywood School of Dance (Children) – performance and workshop 2.50pm: Special announcement 3.00pm: Break – **Mayor arrives at 3.00pm – escorted by John Best and given the

The Arts Gateway (Networking) Mingle and re-launch of Arts Central on Level 2 – 18th March 2015

Please come and join us for our first Mingle ‘Networking for the Arts’ event of 2015 and official re-launch of AC on Floor 2 of Station House!   Arts Central, 2nd Floor South, 500 Elder Gate, Milton Keynes, Mk9 1BB 6.30 – 9pm There’ll be the usual Mingle activities, with lots of networking, some refreshments, performance, music whilst browsing one or 2 stalls. We will also be holding an auction of some items from our Community Arts Resource Centre. We will be exhibiting work for the theme ‘View From 2’ by our Members. We are also encouraging a LIVE response to the View from 2 exhibition on the night! Remember this does not just have to be Visual Art – can be any artform! You may

NEWS: New AGMK Spoken Word Team is LIVE

AGMK from today has a new Spoken Word Team, to be led by Terrie Howie and Richard Frost. The Spoken Word Team will now be responsible for: performance poetry, storytelling, stand-up, tour guiding, public speaking, and performance skills and events related to these areas. These areas are mostly subsumed under the Literature Team at the moment. This change leaves the Literature Team responsible for: fiction, page poetry, other prose (life-writing, biography, non-fiction, journalism), graphic novels, and the purely creative-writing side of drama and film (i.e. playwriting and scripts). (Any grey areas will be agreed upon as and when, in individual cases, or in partnership, as we currently do betweenTeams).  Terrie and Richard both have extensive experience of Community Arts, Arts in Education, and are already

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