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18–27 July 10 amazing days

Family Events Music, Comedy & Cabaret Outdoor Spectaculars Acoustic Stage Food & Drink

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IF you want 10 amazing days IF is back and bigger than ever before with events taking place across Central Milton Keynes and extending out to exciting new locations including the Cathedral of Trees and Willen Lake. The Festival is under-pinned by an ongoing theme of sound and music, and this year through large-scale spectaculars such as Fous de Bassin on Willen Lake, and intimate experiences including The Cabaret of Ideas, we encourage people to discover what divides us and what unites us. We present new commissions from our Artist-in-Residence and choreographer Rosemary Lee working with composer Terry Mann, sonic artist Kaffe Matthews, singer Melanie Pappenheim and writer Jackie Kay. The ever-popular Spiegeltent is back and we have also created Family Focus - a series of events for children and families that celebrate the beginning of the summer holidays. Our thanks go to Arts Council England, Milton Keynes Council and our many corporate partners and generous individual supporters who make IF possible. I’d also like to extend special thanks to our Creative Director, Bill Gee who has worked tirelessly with us on three editions of IF and now heads off to explore pastures new. We have a fantastic Festival Team including many committed volunteers and together we invite you to enjoy IF: 2014. Monica Ferguson, Festival Director & Chief Executive of The Stables Follow the Festival on:

IF: Innovation Founders Individual supporters of the Festival who dare to be different: Pioneers Mr & Mrs David & Gillian Hill

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Supporting the Festival IF you love what we do, please support the Festival’s development through sponsorship or donate online at www.justgiving.com/ifmkfest or text IFMK99 £5 to 70070. Smaller or larger amounts are also welcomed. Donations will help us keep many events free. Thank you for your support. Box Office: 01908 280800

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Architects of Air: Pentalum

IF you want a memorable experience

Friday 18 – Sunday 27 July, 11am – 6pm each day Middleton Hall, centre:mk £4, Under 16s £3, Family of 4 ticket (max 2 adults) £12 Advanced booking available for times between 11.30am and 4.30pm each day

Walk inside a luminarium... With huge domes, labyrinthine tunnels and colourful peaked star shapes, this monumental inflatable sculpture creates a sense of wonder that will immerse the visitor in a unique luminous light, harmonious sound and vivid colour experience. Pentalum is a celebration of the beauty of geometry, inspired by Islamic architecture, Gothic cathedrals, modern architecture and nature. The following live concerts will be taking place inside Pentalum: Ray Lee & Kaffe Matthews: Wednesday 23 July, 7pm and 8pm Tunde Jegede: Thursday 24 July, 7pm and 8pm Hameed Khan Kawa: Friday 25 July, 7pm and 8pm Concert information is on pages 16 and 17 Alan Parkinson of Architects of Air will be taking part in an IF: Talk on Monday 21 July, see page 60

An advance ticket can be bought up to midnight online the day before your visit for times between 11.30am and 4.30pm, and entitles the bearer entrance on the specified date and time. We advise that you arrive 10 minutes before the time indicated on your ticket. If buying walk-up tickets on the day of your visit, you may have to wait a short time before entrance is possible.

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Pentalum is wheelchair accessible. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. Last admission is at 6pm. Please tell us if you’re coming in a large group so we can help you manage your visit. Please note that Pentalum has a maximum capacity of 80 visitors at any one time. There is no time restriction on how long you stay, though we suggest 20 minutes as the maximum time, allowing other visitors to enter the structure.

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Rosemary Lee: Under The Vaulted Sky

Please note that the ground in the Cathedral of Trees is uneven, and could be wet and slippery. To get the most from your visit and read more about access on the site, please go to: www.ifmiltonkeynes.org or call the Box Office on 01908 280800.

IF: 2014 Artist-inResidence

Friday 18 July at 5pm and 7.30pm Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 July at 2pm, 4.30pm and 7pm Cathedral of Trees, Newlands £7, Concessions £5, Family of 4 (max 2 adults) £20 Concessions: Under 16s, people in receipt of JSA, Registered Disabled, Students, Over 60s

Under The Vaulted Sky has been created for Milton Keynes’ little-known Cathedral of Trees by award-winning choreographer Rosemary Lee, with live music by composer Terry Mann. Rosemary has assembled a cast of over 100 dancers and musicians who will lead the audience on a journey around the Cathedral in a promenade performance that draws on history, nature and stories inspired by this truly unique and magical location. Planted over 30 years ago, the Cathedral of Trees is modelled on the architectural footprint of Norwich Cathedral, with different species of trees and plants to represent different elements of the building. Event Partners: With support from South East Dance and The Parks Trust Photo: Hugo Glendinning

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Under The Vaulted Sky by Rosemary Lee. Produced by The Stables and Rosemary Lee Projects with Artsadmin. Music composed by Terry Mann with design by Louise Belson. Commissioned by The Stables for IF: 2014 and supported by an Arts Council England Exceptional Award and Milton Keynes Council

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Casus: Knee Deep Friday 18 and Saturday 19 July, 7.15pm Sunday 20 July, 2.30pm, Monday 21 July, 7.15pm The Stables Spiegeltent, South Willen Lake Park Tickets £20, Under 16s £18.50, Family of 4 (max 2 adults) £74

Exquisitely beautiful acrobatics and astonishing aerial feats combine in this breathtaking show of extraordinary skill, strength and beauty that tests the very limits of the human body.

IF you want balance in your life

Based in Australia and comprising four highly talented international performers, Casus is a contemporary circus company famed for walking on eggs (raw and in their shells) - and not cracking a single one… Presented ‘in the round’ inside the Spiegeltent, the audience will be sitting up close to the jaw-dropping action. Suitable for all ages. Emma Serjeant of Casus will be taking part in an IF: Talk on Monday 21 July, see page 60.

Ticket deals: Casus + Abandoman (page 41) for £26 Casus + Nell Bryden (page 44) for £30 Call the Box Office on 01908 280800

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IF you want an extraordinary experience

Ilotopie: Fous de Bassin (Water Fools) Friday 18 and Saturday 19 July, 10pm Willen Lake Tickets: £5, Concessions £3, Family of 4 (max 2 adults) £12 Gates open at 9pm. Early arrival to secure a place is recommended. If you are a wheelchair user, please call the Box Office on 01908 280800 to reserve a place. To get the most from your visit, please see: www.ifmiltonkeynes.org

Concessions: Under 16s, people in receipt of JSA, Registered Disabled, Students, Over 60s

Fous de Bassin is an unforgettable performance on a grand scale created by French company Ilotopie, who literally walk on water to conjure up an extraordinary and colourful floating spectacle with fire and pyrotechnics on the surface of Willen Lake. A seemingly normal day takes an unusual turn as a small floating community wakes up and goes about its daily business, unleashing an intriguing, dreamlike world that sees cars, bicycles and caravans driving across the water. Willen Lake will never be the same again...

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IF you fancy a lie down with a difference

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Kaffe Matthews: The lock shift songs FREE

Friday 18 – Sunday 27 July, 10am – 7pm Opposite Door 10 of centre:mk (Near the Open Market and TKMaxx)

Award-winning sound artist Kaffe Matthews has created The lock shift songs, a new sonic installation commissioned by the Canal & River Trust and IF: 2014. In a walk along the Grand Union Canal - which connects London to Milton Keynes - Kaffe has collected sounds (including from under the water) and stories from people who use, live or work on the waterways to inspire songs and a composition that will play through a series of large ‘sonic beds’ that people can lie in for a fully immersive and sensory sound experience. Kaffe will perform in concerts with Ray Lee inside Architects of Air’s Pentalum on Wednesday 23 July, at 7pm and 8pm - details on page 16. She is also taking part in two IF: Talks - on Saturday 19 July and Wednesday 23 July - see pages 60 and 61. Producing Partner

The lock shift songs is also part of the Canal & River Trust’s ‘Arts on the Waterways’ programme and is supported by Arts Council England

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Ray Lee: Chorus Monday 21 July: Fred Roche Gardens, 12noon – 2pm, 5.30pm – 7pm and 9.30pm – 10.30pm Tuesday 22 July: Milton Keynes Central Station Square, 12noon – 2pm and 4pm – 7.30pm Wednesday 23 July: The Hub Milton Keynes, 12noon – 2pm, 5pm – 7pm and 9.30pm – 10.30pm

FREE

Sonic artist Ray Lee – British Composer of the Year for Sonic Art in 2012 – has created the evocative Chorus, a giant sound installation that will be presented at three sites in Central Milton Keynes. Chorus is an impressive series of huge metal tripods with rotating arms which tower above the audience. At the end of each arm, loudspeakers emit pulsating, harmonic sounds whilst kinetic movement creates the effect of a whirling swarm of fireflies or planets in motion.

IF you want to hear new sounds

These intersecting lights trace rings above the heads of the audience while the combined chorus of the spinning speakers creates a cohesive harmonious whole that is transfixing and uplifting. Ray will perform in concerts with Kaffe Matthews inside Architects of Air’s Pentalum on Wednesday 23 July, at 7pm and 8pm - details on page 16.

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Pentalum Concert Series Architects of Air’s Pentalum, Middleton Hall, centre:mk

A series of short concerts within the unique surroundings of Architects of Air’s Pentalum. Each concert is £12.50 and includes admission to the luminarium.

Kaffe Matthews & Ray Lee

Tunde Jegede

Wednesday 23 July, 7pm and 8pm

Thursday 24 July, 7pm and 8pm

Composer, cellist and kora player Tunde Jegede is rooted in two cultural musical legacies having studied both Western classical music and the Griot tradition of West Africa in the Gambia. Creating a dialogue between both, this cello and kora concert marks the launch of his latest album, Testimony.

Ticket deal Buy a ticket for three of these concerts for £30, two for £22.50 Call 01908 280800

Hameed Khan Kawa Friday 25 July, 7pm and 8pm

Be transported to new music horizons in this one-off improvised collaboration between two featured Festival sound artists – Kaffe Matthews (digital mixing) and Ray Lee (on theremin). 16

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Hameed Khan Kawa is a tabla maestro and music director from Jaipur. Coming from a long family lineage of Hindustani classical and Rajasthani folk musicians, he is appreciated for the subtlety and quality of his playing, which also embraces Western musical traditions to create a new richness and warmth. Hameed is the founder of the Jaipur Kawa Brass Band – see page 33.

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Architects of Air’s Pentalum is featured on pages 4 and 5

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IF you like mystery and intrigue

Lucie Lom: Les Rêveurs (The Dreamers) Friday 18 – Sunday 27 July Central Milton Keynes locations from Station Square to Campbell Park

FREE

Some rather extraordinary and mysterious figures are popping up in the city centre to challenge our perception of the everyday world. Are they real, or is it all a dream? Philippe Leduc and Marc-Antoine Mathieu met at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in France and established their design studio, Lucie Lom, in 1985. Working across graphic design, theatre design and sculpture, their work is designed to transform public spaces, offering witty, moving and surprising stories for interpretation about the very place their work appears.

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IF: Family Focus Wednesday 23 – Sunday 27 July South Willen Lake Park

To celebrate the beginning of the summer holidays, the Festival has created a special programme of family-friendly shows and experiences for children and grown-ups, including: Graeae - The Iron Man: Adapted from Ted Hughes’ classic modern fable Compañía Itinerània - El Labarint: A playfully interactive puzzle-packed maze Insect Circus Museum: A unique museum with an extraordinary collection Periplum - Imaginarium: Unlock secret stories in this Wonderland inspired installation MK Play Association Workshop: A pop-in creative workshop for ages 5+ Peut-être & Dante or Die - Clunk: Create a new song with Boris and his friends Commotion Dance - Little Artist, Big Painting: Magical movement, dance and paint! Jaipur Kawa Brass Band: Lively rhythms from this Indian brass band from Rajasthan Whalley Range Allstars - Compost Mentis: Strange goings-on in the garden...

IF you want to entertain the family

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C12 Dance - Market Stall: A fully-functioning market stall is not what it seems See more information about these events from pages 27 – 37 In The Stables Spiegeltent: Puppet State Theatre: The Man Who Planted Trees: An inspiring and touching puppet show for ages 7+. See page 49 Comedy 4 Kids: Laughs and stand up comedy - without the rude bits! See page 58

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SouthPaw Dance Company: Faust Friday 25 and Saturday 26 July, 10pm In front of Xscape

FREE

In this fiery re-imagining of Goethe’s classic tale, drinking, gambling and general debauchery make an illegal 1920s prohibition-era speakeasy club the perfect place for a man called Faust to lose his soul... Bored with his life, Faust is manipulated - to both comic and tragic effect into a duel with the devil where his very soul hangs in the balance.

IF you want a hot night out

Featuring world-class break dance moves combined with classic Lindy Hop and Charleston styles, SouthPaw will transport you back to a time of swinging big band sounds and suave sharp suits. A highly entertaining, physical and feisty outdoor production imbued with the spirit of gangsters, bootleggers, gamblers, flappers and cool hep cats....

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Melanie Pappenheim: Falling

SKRYF with words by Jackie Kay

Saturday 26 July, 3pm and 7pm, Sunday 27 July, 3pm and 5pm MK Gallery, 900 Midsummer Boulevard, MK9 3QA

Friday 18 and Saturday 19 July: Central Milton Keynes Sunday 20 July: South Willen Lake Park

Free event though pre-booking is essential through www.ifmiltonkeynes.org Unreserved, standing places

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FREE

IF you like poetic wordplay

IF you want a musical & visual treat

In a solo voice-theatre performance delivered within MK Gallery’s Cadences exhibition (see page 74), acclaimed performer Melanie Pappenheim sings three uplifting songs about hitting the ground, in a response to the themes of falling, destruction and gravity. With staging by Emma Bernard and costume created by Deborah Thomas, this promises to be a musical and visual treat. Featured composers - Paul Clark: Coloro, Orlando Gough: Falling and Errollyn Wallen: Daedelus.

Meet SKRYF - a mechanical sandwriter created by Dutch artist Gijs van Bon which moves along leaving behind a stream of phrases created out of sand that will last as long as the passage of time and the elements allow. In a special one-off collaboration, leading writer and poet Jackie Kay has been commissioned by IF: 2014 to create poetic words and lines composed with Milton Keynes in mind, for SKRYF to ‘print’ across the city.

Falling has been co-commissioned by IF: 2014 and MK Gallery Devised by performer Melanie Pappenheim and director Emma Bernard

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Neri di Bicci: The fall of the rebel angels with St Michael fighting the dragon, c.1480 (detail). Image courtesy the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam

Jackie Kay is presented in association with The Poetry Society and will be reading from her work in The Stables Spiegeltent on Sunday 20 July at 4pm. See page 45 for details.

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Festival Central South Willen Lake Park, MK15 0DS Festival Central is the location for The Stables Spiegeltent, a myriad of outdoor performances, family events, the Acoustic Stage, food outlets, bars and a box office for all your ticketing needs.

Compañía Itinerània: El Labarint (The Labyrinth) Wednesday 23 – Sunday 27 July 11am – 5pm, Festival Central, South Willen Lake Park

FAMILY FOCUS FREE

IF you’re looking for a puzzle to solve

IF you want to feel the Festival buzz

Festival Central Opening Times: Friday 18 July: 5pm - 1.30am Saturday 19 July: 12.30pm - 1.30am Sunday 20 July: 12 noon - 11pm Monday 21 July: 5pm - 11pm Tuesday 22 July: 5pm - 10.30pm Wednesday 23 July: 10.30am - 12 midnight Thursday 24 July: 10.30am - 12 midnight Friday 25 July: 10.30am - 12 midnight Saturday 26 July: 10am - 12 midnight Sunday 27 July: 10.30am - 11pm

Can you solve the conundrums, riddles, questions and puzzles that are posed by The Labyrinth? A network of doors, windows and corridors create a playfully intricate puzzle-packed maze with challenges, crossroads, mechanics and encounters along the way to test your genius, co-ordination and observation. Will you dare to enter? Fun for all ages. Reclaiming public spaces as meeting places, Catalonian company Itinerània are renowned for transforming open air locations with highly interactive structures.

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Insect Circus Museum Wednesday 23 – Saturday 26 July, 11am – 5pm Festival Central, South Willen Lake Park

Peut-être Theatre & Dante or Die: Clunk FAMILY FOCUS

FREE

IF you like a museum with a difference

Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 July, 11am, 1.30pm and 3.15pm Friday 25 July, 11am, 1.30pm and 2.45pm Festival Central, South Willen Lake Park

FAMILY FOCUS

IF you want to help write a song

FREE

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.

Boris wants to write a new song - a song that has never existed before. But Sonya and Masha think there has been a song written about everything that has ever existed in the world. Can you help Boris write his very own song?

Spanning more than three centuries, and covering many continents, this is undeniably the finest museum of its kind in the world.

Created for early years audiences (under 5s) and their families, join three actor-musicians for an outdoor, theatrical mini-gig that is jampacked with trombones, trumpets, saxophones and songs. Come along, join in and have great fun!

Watch out for some rather large insect-like wildlife characters from the Museum roaming Festival Central...

Small Wonders is a commissioning and professional development initiative creating exceptional outdoor performances for under 5s. The project is funded by Arts Council England and seven national festival partners including IF: 2014

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MK Play Association: Workshop with Anna Francis

Graeae Theatre Company: The Iron Man by Ted Hughes

Wednesday 23 – Sunday 27 July, 11am – 5pm Festival Central, South Willen Lake Park

Adapted for Graeae by Paul Sirett FAMILY FOCUS

Wednesday 23 July, 11.30am and 3.45pm Thursday 24 July, 12.45pm and 3.45pm Friday 25 July, 12.15pm and 3.15pm Festival Central, South Willen Lake Park

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FAMILY FOCUS FREE

IF you enjoy a good story

IF you want to have a go

Inspired by the Festival’s Family Focus events, use scrap materials to make your own masks and insects, as well as contributing to large-scale constructions of Iron Man (see page opposite) and the creatures from the Insect Circus Museum (see page 28). Ideal for ages 5+, this workshop runs from 11am to 5pm so you can call in when you like. Materials provided.

The unexpected arrival of the towering Iron Man casts a shadow of fear across a small farm community. But when their very survival is threatened by an alien force, it is the Iron Man who comes to the rescue. 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. An enthralling production performed by a talented cast of deaf and disabled actors and musicians. Graeae were last seen at the Festival in 2010 with their ‘Against The Tide’ outdoor production.

Milton Keynes Play Association (MKPA) is a local independent charity which champions free and open play for all children in Milton Keynes

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Originally commissioned by Without Walls and Greenwich+Docklands International Festival

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Commotion Dance: Little Artist, Big Painting

Jaipur Kawa Brass Band Friday 25 July, 11.30am, 2pm and 4.15pm Sunday 27 July, 12 noon Festival Central, South Willen Lake Park

Saturday 26 July, 11am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm Sunday 27 July, 11am, 1pm and 3.15pm Festival Central, South Willen Lake Park

FAMILY FOCUS

FAMILY FOCUS

FREE

FREE

IF you love music and dance

IF you want to find your inner artist

Commotion Dance create a colourful world of magical movement and daring dance - whilst also creating a visually striking, larger-thanlife painting! This playful and intriguing show has been made especially for the outdoors and offers under 5s and families a unique and enjoyable experience. There is also an opportunity for the audience of little artists to create their own big painting with the dancers after the performance. Small Wonders is a commissioning and professional development initiative creating exceptional outdoor performances for under 5s. The project is funded by Arts Council England and seven national festival partners including IF: 2014

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Sound the brass and the drum! Hailing from a long family lineage of musicians, tabla maestro Hameed Khan Kawa has assembled a brass band with its roots in Rajasthan that also embraces a range of elaborate rhythms, musical styles and Bollywood themes. A rousing musical extravaganza from these virtuoso musicians, with a beautifully costumed traditional dancer. A rich feast for the eyes and ears.

Hameed Khan Kawa will perform in solo concerts inside Architects of Air’s Pentalum on Friday 25 July see page 15

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Periplum: Imaginarium Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 July 11am – 5pm Festival Central, South Willen Lake Park

Whalley Range Allstars: Compost Mentis FAMILY FOCUS FREE

Saturday 26 July, 12 noon and 4pm Sunday 27 July, 12.30pm and 3.45pm Festival Central, South Willen Lake Park

FAMILY FOCUS FREE

IF you go down to the garden today...

IF you seek a magical experience

Enter into the Imaginarium and unlock fascinating, secret stories.

Something rather strange is stirring in the garden.

Inspired by Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, the Imaginarium offers an experience where modern technology, film and traditional parlour games come together to create a genuinely innovative, fascinating and beautiful experience - come along and unlock the hidden stories and journeys of some of Wonderland’s unsung heroes.

Compost Mentis features a large compost heap set in a small allotment and the gardener who looks after it. Their relationship begins to break down when the gardener discovers that the compost heap has developed a life of its own, and has big ideas fermenting away inside...

A delightful flight of fantasy into a magical, otherworldly place.

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Live action with puppets, and mechanical and musical interventions ensure that the audience, like the gardener, are well and truly led up the garden path!

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C-12 Dance: Market Stall

IF at The World Picnic

Saturday 26 July, 11.30am, 3pm and 4.30pm Sunday 27 July, 11.30am, 1.30pm and 4.30pm Festival Central, South Willen Lake Park

Sunday 27 July, 1pm – 6pm Campbell Park

FAMILY FOCUS FREE

FAMILY FOCUS FREE

IF only the weekly shop was this much fun

IF you want to dine al fresco

If only the weekly shop was this entertaining! Market Stall is a new, high octane outdoor show for families that mixes circus skills, theatre, street dance and parkour to create a feel-good experience for all ages. Complete with a fully-functioning market stall, your five-a-day fruit and veg has never been so much fun. C-12 Dance manage to elevate an everyday mundane activity into something that will have the youngsters eating their fruit and the adults running away to join the circus – or possibly the other way round...

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Revel in this glorious community celebration of multicultural music and dance organised by The Parks Trust in the green environment of Campbell Park. Dine al fresco - bring your own picnic or sample international food whilst enjoying a wealth of entertainment with your friends and family. The Festival will be presenting events to complement the afternoon’s activities including the Jaipur Kawa Brass Band at 1pm and 3pm (also see page 33).

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The Stables Sessions Friday 18 – Sunday 27 July Acoustic Stage, South Willen Lake Park

The Stables Sessions FREE

The Acoustic Stage is located in the Arabian Bar Tent and is the place to hear new sounds or spot emerging talent and unsigned bands. Enjoy a drink and great live music in an informal atmosphere. Each session lasts approximately 45 minutes.

Friday 18 July

Saturday 19 July

6.30pm: Maia 8.15pm: Cherry Lee Mewis & Max Milligan 9.15pm: Richard Navarro

4.30pm: Josh Kemp 5.15pm: Paul Liddell 5.30pm: John Dexter Jones 6.15pm: Andy Fleet & Jump 7.15pm: M  anny & The 6.30pm: Jeannine Barry Coloured Sky 8.15pm: Katie Buckhaven Monday 21 July 9.15pm: Daryl Kellie 6.30pm: Edd Keene 8.15pm: S chrodinger’s Strings

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Sunday 20 July

Friday 18 – Sunday 27 July Acoustic Stage, South Willen Lake Park

FREE

IF you love live music

Tuesday 22 July

Friday 25 July

6.15pm: Louise Petit Band 7.15pm: Hannah Scott

Wednesday 23 July

6pm: Alton Wahlberg 7pm: Fred’s House 8.15pm: Paolo Morena 9.15pm: Roses & Pirates

7pm: Daniela Bove 9.15pm: Nicky Prince

Saturday 26 July

Sunday 27 July

5pm: Alex Hulme 6pm: Anna Hester 7pm: Steve Winch 8.15pm: Terry Emm 9.15pm: Martyna Wren

3pm: Rebecca De Winter 4pm: Tracey Browne 5pm: Dan Whitehouse 6pm: Joe Miles Trio 7pm: Raevennan Husbandes

Thursday 24 July 7pm: Jamie Beau 9.15pm: Auralia Sky

Presented by The Stables Theatre Ltd

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The Stables Spiegeltent

Abandoman

Friday 18 – Sunday 27 July South Willen Lake Park, MK15 0DS

Friday 18 July, 8.45pm The Stables Spiegeltent, South Willen Lake Park Tickets £10 Unreserved seating, cabaret style

IF you want a glamorous venue

IF you want word bending wit

The Victoria Spiegeltent is back! Originally developed in Belgium in the 1900s as travelling dance halls, Spiegeltents (‘mirror tents’) were beautifully constructed from wood with stained glass, mirrors and luscious velvet drapes and known as the domain of night owls, heartbreakers and dream chasers. Programmed by The Stables, the exotic Victoria forms the beating heart of the Festival and is the setting for a lively programme of music, comedy and cabaret. You’ll find the Spiegeltent programme from pages 41 to 59, with Casus: Knee Deep featured on pages 8 and 9. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult in The Spiegeltent.

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Ireland’s top comedy hip hop improv team cut a highly original path between rap music and stand-up. In 2012 they supported multi-platinum artist Ed Sheeran on his sell-out UK tour and have stormed numerous festivals such as Bestival, V, Latitude, Altitude and Glastonbury with their mind-blowing, interactive, word-bending lyrical genius. This is musical improv like you’ve never seen before...

Ticket deal Buy Abandoman + Casus (page 8) for £26 Call the Box Office on 01908 280800 Box Office: 01908 280800 Booking charges apply

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Silent Disco by Silent Arena

The Cabaret of Ideas

Friday 18 and Saturday 19 July, 11pm The Stables Spiegeltent, South Willen Lake Park Tickets £7.50

Saturday 19 July, 1pm The Stables Spiegeltent, South Willen Lake Park Tickets £5

Standing (dancing!) with limited seating

Unreserved seating

IF you’re an ideas person

IF you like to party

A silent disco does away with the traditional speaker systems used in nightclubs or festivals and instead has disco-goers and clubbers wearing wireless headphones (provided on the night).

In one afternoon you are invited to engage in a live wikipedia of fascinating thought leaders, experts and mavericks from, or who have a strong connection with, Milton Keynes.

Two DJs play simultaneously on two separate channels, which means you only listen to the music that you want to hear – and if you don’t like the music from the first DJ just flick the switch and listen to the second DJ. Great fun!

On arrival and after being plied with good coffee and doughnuts, the audience will lucky-dip pick four 20-minute conversations - it could be with a Formula 1 car designer, a sportsperson, pop musician, a climate change dissident, a Japanese Buddhist monk... who knows who you’ll meet, talk with and maybe learn from?

Ticket deal Book for one of the following shows and pay just £5 for Silent Disco: Casus (18 or 19 July, page 8), Ilotopie (18 or 19 July, page 10), Abandoman (page 41) or Nell Bryden (page 44) Call the Box Office on 01908 280800. 42

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Nell Bryden

An Audience with Jackie Kay Hosted by Monica Ferguson, Festival Director

Saturday 19 July, 8.45pm The Stables Spiegeltent, South Willen Lake Park Tickets £15 Unreserved seating, cabaret style

Sunday 20 July, 4pm The Stables Spiegeltent, South Willen Lake Park Tickets £7.50 Unreserved seating, cabaret style

IF you love poetry

IF you want great songs

New York born, Radio 2 favourite Nell Bryden brings her band to the Spiegeltent stage to celebrate the release of her third album, some of which she will be playing live for the first time alongside fan favourites. Nell has toured extensively, completing over 100 UK shows in the last two years, including major tours with Gary Barlow, Jools Holland, Chris Rea, Duane Eddy and most recently Gipsy Kings.

Ticket deal Buy Nell Bryden + Casus (page 8) for £30 Call the Box Office on 01908 280800 44

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Spend an hour in the company of Jackie Kay, one of Britain’s best-known writers and poets. Jackie will make the first public reading of a new poem inspired by Milton Keynes, read from her other works, discuss collaborating with SKYRF, a Dutch mechanical sandwriter for IF: 2014 (see page 25) and take part in a Q&A with the audience. Jackie has won many accolades for her poetry, fiction and non-fiction writing, and is a regular on TV and radio. She is Professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University and was awarded an MBE for services to literature in 2006.

Jackie Kay is presented in association with The Poetry Society

Box Office: 01908 280800 Booking charges apply

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Dub Colossus Dub Band

The Bad Shepherds

Sunday 20 July, 8pm The Stables Spiegeltent, South Willen Lake Park Tickets £15

Monday 21 July, 9pm The Stables Spiegeltent, South Willen Lake Park Tickets £21.50

Standing (dancing!) with limited unreserved seating

Unreserved seating, cabaret style

IF you want to dance dub style

IF you like folk with attitude

Combining dub music with the sounds of Addis Ababa, Dub Colossus is the project of Dubulah - aka Nick Page - founding member of TransGlobal Underground. After collecting sounds from musicians in the Ethiopian capital and then working with members of Jamiroquai and Asian Dub Foundation, Nick created his first album A Town Called Addis in 2006 featuring a blend of jazz and reggae with traditional Ethiopian music. A run of world tours later, the band arrives with a host of musical genres wrapped up in one fabulously dubby package.

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Led by the irrepressible Ade Edmondson, The Bad Shepherds play punk songs on folk instruments. They’ve given the songs a Celtic feel, and stuck in the odd reel and jig because they’ve always thought the excitement of a reel taking off is the nearest thing to the thrill of watching punk live back in the ‘70s! Expect songs by The Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Stranglers, The Jam, Sham 69, The Undertones, The Ramones, The Buzzcocks, The Specials, Talking Heads, Squeeze and others - even Kraftwerk...

Box Office: 01908 280800 Booking charges apply

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Seann Walsh: The Lie-In King Tour 2014 + support Romesh Ranganathan Tuesday 22 July, 8pm The Stables Spiegeltent, South Willen Lake Park Tickets £13 Unreserved seating, cabaret style

Puppet State Theatre: The Man Who Planted Trees FAMILY

Wednesday 23 July, 2pm FOCUS Thursday 24 July, 11.30am and 2pm The Stables Spiegeltent, South Willen Lake Park Tickets: £10.50, Under 16s £9.50, Family of 4 (max 2 adults) £38 Unreserved seating

IF you’re up for a good laugh

IF you want a family show

Comedy’s fastest-rising star and TV favourite Seann Walsh arrives in Milton Keynes with an all-new show to prove to the world that he’s the Lie-In King!

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.

One of the most frighteningly gifted talents to emerge from the UK comedy circuit in years, Seann is a charismatic, natural-born observational storyteller.

As much a touching tale as it is a hilarious puppet show, The Man Who Planted Trees shows us the difference one man (and his dog!) can make to the world.

“See him now, before the stadium tour” Sunday Times Touring with Seann is Romesh Ranganathan, known for his bitingly fresh gags and with a growing hoard of awards, and TV and radio appearances to his name.

Suitable for adults and children over 7.

“Laughs, heartbreak, war, regeneration, scented breezes, sparkling wit and the best dog puppet ever. Perfect for children and grown-ups. Terrific” The Guardian

May contain strong language and adult material, suitable for ages 16+

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The Feeling

Frisky & Mannish

Wednesday 23 July, 7.45pm The Stables Spiegeltent, South Willen Lake Park Tickets £22.50

Wednesday 23 July, 10pm The Stables Spiegeltent, South Willen Lake Park Tickets £10

Standing (dancing!) with limited unreserved seating

Unreserved seating, cabaret style

IF you need poptastic laughs IF you want indie pop

Five-piece indie-popsters The Feeling have a string of recognisable, radio-friendly hits under their belts aided by their unadulterated brand of ‘proper’ pop. Harking back to the heady days of The Beatles and Supertramp, The Feeling are a good-time band whose foot-stomping, heart-wrenching anthems will melt the coldest of hearts.

“Ornate and soaring conversational love songs, full of heart, bittersweet observation and unashamed street-level Englishness” The Observer Music Monthly

Now all grown up (just like Miley and Bieber) their barely-conscious recoupling marks the beginning of a new pop-comedy-mashupinfotainment era. Since their hit appearance at the Festival in 2010, they’ve been everywhere - from the Edinburgh Fringe to the West End, BBC Radio 1 to E4 and from Shepherd’s Bush Empire to the Sydney Opera House. Ticket deal

Ticket deal Buy The Feeling + Frisky & Mannish (page opposite) for £30 Call the Box Office on 01908 280800 50

Chanteuse Frisky and music maestro Mannish are BACK!

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Josh Widdicombe

Les Clöchards

Thursday 24 July, 7.45pm The Stables Spiegeltent, South Willen Lake Park Tickets £14

Thursday 24 July, 10pm The Stables Spiegeltent, South Willen Lake Park Tickets £15

Unreserved seating, cabaret style

Unreserved seating, cabaret style

IF you want an eclectic live show

IF you crave a night of comedy

Comedian Josh Widdicombe is a TV regular with appearances on Live At The Apollo, Mock The Week, 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Stand Up For The Week and the Channel 4 Comedy Gala. The past 12 months have also seen the hit Channel 4 show The Last Leg commissioned for two further series after its success during the 2012 Paralympic Games, and Josh also picked up the coveted Saturday breakfast slot on XFM radio, regularly featured in the iTunes Podcast Top 10. Ticket deal Buy Josh Widdicombe + Les Clöchards (page opposite) for £25 Call the Box Office on 01908 280800 May contain strong language and adult material, suitable for ages 16+

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Les Clöchards started off earning their daily red wine as the most unusual street music act on the Côte d’Azur. Swapping the street for the stage, they then played more than 500 shows across Europe before scooping an Editor’s Award at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe. Equipped with an eclectic mix of home-made drums, double bass, an old Philicorda organ, saxophone, melodica, Stylophone, a custom Dobro guitar and some more even less well-known instruments, Les Clöchards create a slugfest of music with a tangy twist of comedy and rock‘n’roll. Spellbinding stuff! Ticket deal Buy Les Clöchards + Josh Widdicombe (page opposite) for £25 Call the Box Office on 01908 280800 Box Office: 01908 280800 Booking charges apply

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Seth Lakeman

The Gilded Lili Variety Show

Friday 25 July, 7.45pm The Stables Spiegeltent, South Willen Lake Park Tickets £22.50

Friday 25 and Saturday 26 July, 10pm The Stables Spiegeltent, South Willen Lake Park Tickets £15

Unreserved seating, cabaret style

Unreserved seating, cabaret style

IF roots rocks your world

IF you like it a little bit saucy

Celebrating his new album Word of Mouth, singer, songwriter, virtuoso fiddler and multi-instrumentalist Seth Lakeman straddles folk traditions and the contemporary scene with songs that unearth hidden histories and unsung everyday heroes from his native Devon and Cornwall. Lakeman’s hauntingly melodic style and stripped-back storytellings bring to life majestic landscapes, working lives, the tragedy of war and the price of revolution.

Sit back and enjoy the likes of circus artist Michael Standen, the sultry Dusty Limits, showman Mat Ricardo, hi-energy comedian Imran Yusuf and the utterly mesmerising Miss Betsy Rose. An evening to warm the heart contains risqué material and tasteful nudity. For over 16s only! Ticket deal

Ticket deal Buy Seth Lakeman + Gilded Lili (25 July, page opposite) for £35 Call the Box Office on 01908 280800 54

The lusciously divine Lili la Scala, along with some of her favourite cabaret reprobates, entertains you at this rollicking late-night show stuffed to the gunnels with enough laughs, variety, songs and burlesque to keep everyone happy.

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Buy Gilded Lili (25 July) + Seth Lakeman (page opposite) for £35, or Gilded Lili (26 July) + The Puppini Sisters (page 57) for £36 Call the Box Office on 01908 280800 Box Office: 01908 280800 Booking charges apply

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Harry & Edna’s Vintage Bonanza

The Puppini Sisters

Saturday 26 July 10.30am - 3pm The Stables Spiegeltent, South Willen Lake Park

Saturday 26 July, 7.45pm The Stables Spiegeltent, South Willen Lake Park Tickets £23.50

Unreserved, limited seating available

Unreserved seating, cabaret style

IF Vintage Day

IF Vintage Day

Immerse yourself in the wonderful world of vintage with your hosts Harry and Edna. Start by treating yourself to a retro hairdo, learn to Lindy Hop and then enjoy a Tea Dance to the tunes of the Bevin Boys and singing tap dancers extraordinaire My Favourite Things. Tea and cake, served on china in true vintage fashion, will be available to purchase throughout the afternoon. Sarah Do Wop’s Hair Salon 10.30am – 11.30am Choose from 4 different set ‘taster’ styles, pre-bookable in 10 minute slots. Cost: £10 Lindy Hop Dance Class 11.30am - 12.30pm With the Cambs & Beds Lindy Hop Experience. Tickets: £5 Harry & Edna’s Vintage Tea Dance 1pm - 3pm With The Bevin Boys and My Favourite Things. Tickets: £10

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Think Andrews Sisters (yes, they of the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s) with added glitz and glamour, close harmonies with plenty of pzazz plus zesty upbeat rhythms and you have The Puppini Sisters. Synonymous with an intoxicating mix of music and style they call ‘swingpop’, the Puppinis have won hearts all over the world, including the one belonging to Michael Bublé who featured them on his 2013 album To Be Loved. Why not end your Vintage Day experience with the late night Gilded Lili Variety Show at 10pm? Ticket deal Buy The Puppini Sisters + Gilded Lili (26 July, page 55) for £36 Call the Box Office on 01908 280800 Box Office: 01908 280800 Booking charges apply

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Comedy 4 Kids Sunday 27 July, 2pm The Stables Spiegeltent, South Willen Lake Park Tickets £10, Under 16s £9, Family of 4 (max 2 adults) £36 Unreserved seating, cabaret style

The Monster Ceilidh Band Electro Ceilidh Sunday 27 July, 7.45pm The Stables Spiegeltent, South Willen Lake Park Tickets £12.50 Standing (dancing!) with unreserved limited seating

FAMILY FOCUS

IF you fancy a final Festival fling

IF you want family-style funny

Like the name says it’s a Comedy Club 4 Kids! Cracking entertainment for everyone aged over six years old (and under 400 years old, though no vampires or Highlanders allowed). Encounter some of the best comedians from the UK and world circuit doing what they do best - but without the rude bits!

“A highlight for children... giving them a taste of some of the biggest names in comedy with all the fun and rowdy feel of a real comedy club” The Guardian

The Monster Ceilidh Band are on a crusade to bring a modern approach to ceilidh music. Their experimentation with electronic beats has its roots in the traditional but has produced something innovative, contemporary and dynamic, combining explosive, fiery folk with funky riffs, glitchy drum‘n’bass beats and live drums. Enjoy old dance traditions translated into blood-quickening crescendos for a 21st century nightclub audience. Caller Gordon Potts will guide you through the steps for each of the dances so everyone can join in this final Festival event of 2014.

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IF: Talking Shop Series

IF: Talking Shop Series FREE

A series of talks, discussions and meet-the-artist sessions exploring different aspects of the Festival and the 2014 programme

A series of talks, discussions and meet-the-artist sessions exploring different aspects of the Festival and the 2014 programme

All talks last approximately one hour and are free to attend

All talks last approximately one hour and are free to attend

Kaffe Matthews, Liz Pugh and Jon Best: Creative Canals

One Person’s Noise Is Another Person’s Music

Saturday 19 July, 3pm Acoustic Stage, Arabian Tent, South Willen Lake Park Kaffe Matthews discusses her canal-inspired sound installation with canal-dweller Liz Pugh of Walk the Plank, who for many years has made work on waterways. Hosted by John Best, Chair of South East Waterway Partnership, Canal & River Trust.

Professor Allan Cochrane, Ray Lee, Kaffe Matthews, Caroline Devine and Dr George Revill

Rosemary Lee and Neil Higson: The Cathedral of Trees Sunday 20 July, 12.30pm Acoustic Stage, Arabian Tent, South Willen Lake Park The Festival’s Artist-in-Residence discusses her inspiration for Under The Vaulted Sky and how the Cathedral of Trees shaped the development of this new production with the Cathedral’s creator, landscape architect Neil Higson.

Casus and Architects of Air (AoA): International Touring Monday 21 July, 5pm Acoustic Stage, Arabian Tent, South Willen Lake Park Emma Serjeant (Casus) and Alan Parkinson (AoA) lead companies which both work away from their home countries – Australia and the UK – and discuss the practical and creative challenges of international touring, and presenting work in different countries, cultures, venues and locations. 60

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Presented in association with the Open University

Wednesday 23 July, 1.30pm – 2.45pm MK Gallery, 900 Midsummer Boulevard A discussion chaired by Allan Cochrane, OU Professor of Urban Studies, about how artists can embed their work into a place, challenge perceptions of sound, and encourage us to listen and hear differently.

Graeae, Puppet State Theatre and Dante or Die: Making Work for Children Thursday 24 July, 5.30pm Acoustic Stage, Arabian Tent, South Willen Lake Park A panel discussion about creating engaging theatre and productions for children and families, particularly using literature or the work of other artists as the creative inspiration.

Monica Ferguson & Bill Gee: In Conversation Saturday 26 July, 1pm Acoustic Stage, Arabian Tent, South Willen Lake Park Monica Ferguson, Festival Director, and Bill Gee, Creative Director look back over three editions of the Festival from its first presentation in 2010 and explore what’s next... Talks and educational events at IF: 2014 are presented by Wavendon Allmusic Plan Ltd (The Stables Education)

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IF Calendar of Events Friday 18 July 10am – 7pm

Kaffe Matthews: The lock shift songs 11am – 6pm Architects of Air: Pentalum 5pm – 6pm Rosemary Lee: Under The Vaulted Sky From 6.30pm Stables Sessions 7.15pm – 8.15pm Casus: Knee Deep 7.30pm – 8.30pm Rosemary Lee: Under The Vaulted Sky 8.45pm – 9.45pm Abandoman 10pm – 11pm Ilotopie: Water Fools 11pm – 1am Silent Disco by Silent Arena

centre:mk Middleton Hall, centre:mk Cathedral of Trees, Newlands Acoustic Stage, South Willen Park Spiegeltent, South Willen Park Cathedral of Trees, Newlands Spiegeltent, South Willen Park Willen Lake Spiegeltent, South Willen Park

Saturday 19 July 10am – 7pm

Kaffe Matthews: The lock shift songs 11am – 6pm Architects of Air: Pentalum 1pm – 3pm The Cabaret of Ideas 2pm – 3pm Rosemary Lee: Under The Vaulted Sky 3pm – 4pm IF Talk: Creative Canals 4.30pm – 5.30pm Rosemary Lee: Under The Vaulted Sky From 4.30pm Stables Sessions 7pm – 8pm Rosemary Lee: Under The Vaulted Sky 7.15pm – 8.15pm Casus: Knee Deep 8.45pm – 10pm Nell Bryden 10pm – 11pm Ilotopie: Water Fools 11pm – 1am Silent Disco by Silent Arena 62

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IF Calendar of Events Should bad weather affect the staging of outdoor events, we shall make every effort to reschedule or relocate the programme. Please follow us on Twitter @IFMKfest and www.facebook.com/IFMKfest for updates. All end times are approximate. Festival locations and information is on pages 70 - 73.

Sunday 20 July 10am – 7pm

Kaffe Matthews: The lock shift songs 11am – 6pm Architects of Air 12.30pm – 1.30pm IF Talk: Rosemary Lee & Neil Higson 2pm – 3pm Rosemary Lee: Under The Vaulted Sky 2.30pm – 3.30pm Casus: Knee Deep 4pm – 5pm Jackie Kay 4.30pm – 5.30pm Rosemary Lee: Under The Vaulted Sky From 5.15pm Stables Sessions 7pm – 8pm Rosemary Lee: Under The Vaulted Sky 8pm – 10.15pm Dub Colossus Dub Band

centre:mk Middleton Hall, centre:mk South Willen Lake Park Cathedral of Trees, Newlands Spiegeltent, South Willen Park Spiegeltent, South Willen Park Cathedral of Trees, Newlands Acoustic Stage, South Willen Park Cathedral of Trees, Newlands Spiegeltent, South Willen Park

Monday 21 July 10am – 7pm

Kaffe Matthews: The lock shift songs 11am – 6pm Architects of Air: Pentalum 12noon – 2pm Ray Lee: Chorus 5pm – 6pm IF Talk: International Touring 5.30pm – 7pm Ray Lee: Chorus From 6.30pm Stables Sessions 7.15pm – 8.15pm Casus: Knee Deep 9pm – 10.30pm The Bad Shepherds 9.30pm – 10.30pm Ray Lee: Chorus

centre:mk Middleton Hall, centre:mk Fred Roche Gardens South Willen Lake Park Fred Roche Gardens Acoustic Stage, South Willen Park Spiegeltent, South Willen Park Spiegeltent, South Willen Park Fred Roche Gardens

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IF Calendar of Events

IF Calendar of Events

Tuesday 22 July 10am – 7pm 11am – 6pm 12noon – 2pm 4pm – 7.30pm From 6.15pm 8pm – 10pm

Kaffe Matthews: The lock shift songs Architects of Air: Pentalum Ray Lee: Chorus Ray Lee: Chorus Stables Sessions Seann Walsh

centre:mk Middleton Hall, centre:mk Station Square Station Square Acoustic Stage, South Willen Park Spiegeltent, South Willen Park

Wednesday 23 July 10am – 7pm 11am – 11.20am 11am – 5pm 11am – 5pm 11am – 5pm 11am – 6pm 11.30am – 12.10pm 12noon – 2pm 1.30pm – 1.50pm 1.30pm – 2.45pm 2pm – 3.10pm 3.15pm – 3.35pm 3.45pm – 4.25pm 5pm – 7pm 7pm – 7.40pm From 7pm 64

Kaffe Matthews: The lock shift songs Peut-être/Dante or Die: Clunk Compañía Itinerània: The Labyrinth Insect Circus Museum MK Play Association Workshop Architects of Air: Pentalum Graeae Theatre: The Iron Man Ray Lee: Chorus Peut-être/Dante or Die: Clunk IF Talk: One Person’s Music... Puppet State Theatre: Man Who Planted Trees Peut-être/Dante or Die: Clunk Graeae Theatre: The Iron Man Ray Lee: Chorus Kaffe Matthews & Ray Lee Concert Stables Sessions

centre:mk South Willen Lake Park South Willen Lake Park South Willen Lake Park South Willen Lake Park Middleton Hall, centre:mk South Willen Lake Park The Hub Milton Keynes South Willen Lake Park MK Gallery, Midsummer Blvd Spiegeltent, South Willen Park South Willen Lake Park South Willen Lake Park The Hub Milton Keynes Middleton Hall, centre:mk Acoustic Stage, South Willen Park

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7.45pm – 9.15pm The Feeling 8pm – 8.40pm Kaffe Matthews & Ray Lee Concert 9.30pm – 10.30pm Ray Lee: Chorus 10pm – 11pm Frisky & Mannish

Spiegeltent, South Willen Park Middleton Hall, centre:mk The Hub Milton Keynes Spiegeltent, South Willen Park

Thursday 24 July 10am – 7pm 11am – 11.20am 11am – 5pm 11am – 5pm 11am – 5pm 11am – 6pm 11.30am – 12.40pm 12.45pm – 1.25pm 1.30pm – 1.50pm 2pm – 3.10pm 3.15pm – 3.35pm 3.45pm – 4.25pm 5.30pm – 6.30pm 7pm – 7.40pm From 7pm 7.45pm – 9.30pm 8pm – 8.40pm 10pm – 11.15pm

Kaffe Matthews: The lock shift songs Peut-être/Dante or Die: Clunk Compañía Itinerània: The Labyrinth Insect Circus Museum MK Play Association Workshop Architects of Air: Pentalum Puppet State Theatre: Man Who Planted Trees Graeae Theatre: The Iron Man Peut-être/Dante or Die: Clunk Puppet State Theatre: Man Who Planted Trees Peut-être/Dante or Die: Clunk Graeae Theatre: The Iron Man IFTalk: Making Work for Children Tunde Jegede Stables Sessions Josh Widdicombe Tunde Jegede Les Clöchards

centre:mk South Willen Lake Park South Willen Lake Park South Willen Lake Park South Willen Lake Park Middleton Hall, centre:mk Spiegeltent, South Willen Park South Willen Lake Park South Willen Lake Park Spiegeltent, South Willen Park South Willen Lake Park South Willen Lake Park South Willen Lake Park Middleton Hall, centre:mk Acoustic Stage, South Willen Park Spiegeltent, South Willen Park Middleton Hall, centre:mk Spiegeltent, South Willen Park

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IF Calendar of Events

IF Calendar of Events

Friday 25 July 10am – 7pm 11am – 11.20am 11am – 5pm 11am – 5pm 11am – 5pm 11am – 6pm 11.30pm – 12noon 12.15pm – 12.55pm 1.30pm – 1.50pm 2pm – 2.30pm 2.45pm – 3.05pm 3.15pm – 3.55pm 4.15pm – 4.45pm From 6pm 7pm – 7.40pm 7.45pm – 9.15pm 8pm – 8.40pm 10pm – 10.40pm 10pm – 11.30pm

Kaffe Matthews: The lock shift songs Peut-être/Dante or Die: Clunk Compañía Itinerània: The Labyrinth Insect Circus Museum MK Play Association Workshop Architects of Air: Pentalum Jaipur Kawa Brass Band Graeae Theatre: The Iron Man Peut-être/Dante or Die: Clunk Jaipur Kawa Brass Band Peut-être/Dante or Die: Clunk Graeae Theatre: The Iron Man Jaipur Kawa Brass Band Stables Sessions Hameed Khan Kawa Seth Lakeman Hameed Khan Kawa SouthPaw Dance Co: Faust The Gilded Lili Variety Show

centre:mk

11am – 5pm

South Willen Lake Park South Willen Lake Park

11am – 5pm 11am – 5pm 11am – 5pm 11am – 6pm 11.30pm – 11.50pm 11.30am – 12:30pm

South Willen Lake Park South Willen Lake Park Middleton Hall, centre:mk South Willen Lake Park South Willen Lake Park South Willen Lake Park South Willen Lake Park South Willen Lake Park South Willen Lake Park South Willen Lake Park Acoustic Stage, South Willen Park Middleton Hall, centre:mk Spiegeltent, South Willen Park Middleton Hall, centre:mk In front of Xscape Spiegeltent, South Willen Park

Saturday 26 July 10am – 7pm

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12noon – 12:30pm 1pm – 2pm 1pm – 3pm 1.30pm – 1.50pm 3pm – 3.20pm 3pm – 3.20pm 3.30pm – 3.50pm 4pm – 4.30pm 4.30pm – 4.50pm From 5pm 7pm – 7.20pm 7.45pm – 9.15pm

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10pm – 10.40pm 10pm – 11.30pm

Compañía Itinerània: The Labyrinth Insect Circus Museum MK Play Association Workshop Periplum: Imaginarium Architects of Air: Pentalum C–12 Dance: Market Stall Vintage Day: Lindy Hop Dance Class Whalley Range Allstars: Compost Mentis Monica Ferguson & Bill Gee Vintage Day: Tea Dance Commotion Dance: Little Artist, Big Painting C–12 Dance: Market Stall Melanie Pappenheim: Falling Commotion Dance: Little Artist, Big Painting Whalley Range Allstars: Compost Mentis C–12 Dance: Market Stall Stables Sessions Melanie Pappenheim: Falling Vintage Day: The Puppini Sisters SouthPaw Dance Co: Faust The Gilded Lili Variety Show

South Willen Lake Park South Willen Lake Park South Willen Lake Park South Willen Lake Park Middleton Hall, centre:mk South Willen Lake Park Spiegeltent, South Willen Park South Willen Lake Park South Willen Lake Park Spiegeltent, South Willen Park South Willen Lake Park South Willen Lake Park MK Gallery, Midsummer Blvd South Willen Lake Park South Willen Lake Park South Willen Lake Park Acoustic Stage, South Willen Park MK Gallery, Midsummer Blvd Spiegeltent, South Willen Park In front of Xscape Spiegeltent, South Willen Park

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IF Calendar of Events Sunday 27 July 10am – 7pm 11am – 11.20am 11am – 5pm 11am – 5pm 11am – 5pm 11am – 6pm 11.30am – 11.50am 12noon – 12.30pm 12.30pm – 1pm 1pm –1.20pm 1pm – 6pm 1.30pm – 1.50pm 2pm – 3pm 3pm – 3.20pm From 3pm 3.15pm – 3.35pm 3.45pm – 4.15pm 4.30pm – 4.50pm 5pm – 5.20pm 7.45pm – 10.15pm

Online 24 hours: www.ifmiltonkeynes.org

Kaffe Matthews: The lock shift songs Commotion Dance: Little Artist, Big Painting Compañía Itinerània: The Labyrinth MK Play Association Workshop Periplum Imaginarium Architects of Air: Pentalum C–12 Dance: Market Stall Jaipur Kawa Brass Band Whalley Range Allstars: Compost Mentis Commotion Dance: Little Artist, Big Painting The World Picnic C–12 Dance: Market Stall Comedy 4 Kids Melanie Pappenheim: Falling Stables Sessions Commotion Dance: Little Artist, Big Painting Whalley Range Allstars: Compost Mentis C–12 Dance: Market Stall Melanie Pappenheim: Falling The Monster Ceilidh Band

centre:mk South Willen Lake Park South Willen Lake Park South Willen Lake Park South Willen Lake Park Middleton Hall, centre:mk South Willen Lake Park South Willen Lake Park South Willen Lake Park South Willen Lake Park Campbell Park South Willen Lake Park Spiegeltent, South Willen Park MK Gallery, Midsummer Blvd Acoustic Stage, South Willen Park South Willen Lake Park South Willen Lake Park South Willen Lake Park MK Gallery, Midsummer Blvd Spiegeltent, South Willen Park

Should bad weather affect the staging of outdoor events, we shall make every effort to reschedule or relocate the programme. Please follow us on Twitter @IFMKfest and www.facebook.com/IFMKfest for updates. All end times are approximate. Festival locations and information is on pages 70 - 73. 68

Booking IF Tickets

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The Stables Box Office Opening Hours • Monday - Saturday 10am - 8pm (to 6pm on nights with no show) • Sunday 5pm - 8pm (Stables show nights only) In Person: The Stables, Stockwell Lane, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, MK17 8LU Telephone: 01908 280800 Textphone users: 18001 01908 280800 BOX OFFICES AT FESTIVAL SITES: Festival Central at South Willen Lake Park From Friday 18 to Sunday 27 July • Friday 18, Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 July: Open at 5pm • Saturday 26 July: Open at 10am • On all other days, the Box Office opens at 10.30am • The Box Office closes approximately 30 minutes after the last show of the day starts Middleton Hall, centre:mk From Friday 18 to Sunday 27 July • 10.30am - 7pm each day (later for concerts in Middleton Hall) Cathedral of Trees, Newlands Friday 18 to Sunday 20 July only • A pop-up Box Office will open just before the start of Under The Vaulted Sky performances to serve walk-up ticket buyers for this show Concessions and Discounts • Available where stated on individual event pages Handling Charges • Bookings are subject to a handling charge of £2.80 (inc. postage) • There is an additional booking fee of £1.80 per ticket for online bookings Certain shows have ticket prices inclusive of charges and booking fees, no matter how you book (online, in person or by phone). Applies to: Architects of Air’s Pentalum, Ilotopie’s Water Fools, Rosemary Lee’s Under The Vaulted Sky, Silent Disco, The Cabaret of Ideas and An Audience with Jackie Kay. If any other event is booked at the same time, then normal transaction charges apply for those events. IF: Milton Keynes International Festival Box Offices are managed and operated by The Stables Theatre Limited. All tickets are sold subject to Terms and Conditions, available at www.thestables.org Box Office: 01908 280800 Booking charges apply

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1 Central Milton Keynes Station Square 302 Eldergate, MK9 1LA

9 The Stables Spiegeltent, MK15 0DS

2 The Hub 503 Witan Gate, MK9 2DA

10 Acoustic Stage in the Arabian Bar Tent

3 Fred Roche Gardens between Silbury and Midsummer Boulevards, and from the rear of the City Church (Christ the Cornerstone) down to Upper Fifth Street (access Ray Lee from this end). Nearby postcode is MK9 3HP

11 Mini Bowl, location for some of the family shows 12 Willen Lake (Ilotopie’s Water Fools)

4 Middleton Hall and Unit opposite Door 10 centre:mk, MK9 3EP

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5 Xscape MK 602 Marlborough Gate, MK9 3XS

See page 72 for travel and site information.

6 MK Gallery 900 Midsummer Boulevard, MK9 3QA

See page 73 for important information about Ilotopie’s Water Fools on Willen Lake and Under The Vaulted Sky in the Cathedral of Trees

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Should bad weather affect the staging of outdoor events, the Festival will make every effort to reschedule or relocate the programme. Please follow us on Twitter @IFMKfest and www.facebook.com/IFMKfest for updates, and see www.ifmiltonkeynes.org www.ifmiltonkeynes.org

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Parking & Transport in MK For more information visit: www.ifmiltonkeynes.org

Important Site Information Further details are on www.ifmiltonkeynes.org

Central Milton Keynes has good parking facilities and ample cyclepaths and access/walkways.

Cathedral of Trees, Newlands for Rosemary Lee’s Under The Vaulted Sky Friday 18 - Sunday 20 July. Event information on pages 6 and 7

South Willen Lake Park (MK15 0DS) - Festival Central: Located between the H5 Portway (A509), V11 Tongwell, H6 Childs Way and V10 Brickhill Street. The Park is linked to the city centre via leisure routes through Campbell Park and Newlands.

This is an outdoor, promenade and standing event - the audience will move around the Cathedral site to follow the performance, covering a distance of just under ½ a mile, including the walk from the Cathedral’s car park.

Cathedral of Trees: Located opposite Willen Lake at Newlands, just off the junctions of V10 Brickhill Street and H5 Portway (A509) and off Livingstone Drive.

The terrain in and around the Cathedral is akin to a ‘woodland walk’ - uneven, grassy, with foliage and twigs underfoot. In inclement weather, the ground will be spongy, wet and boggy in places. Some areas may be difficult to access or of steep incline. Every effort will be made to make your visit as easy as possible although the Festival cannot guarantee access to every part of the Cathedral / performance.

Arriva Bus Transport within Milton Keynes: For information about buses to

and from Festival sites, please visit the Arriva website: arrivabus.co.uk/IFMK. Cycle Parking: Available at South Willen Lake Park. PARKING & BLUE BADGE INFORMATION South Willen Lake Park (Festival Central)

There is paid car parking and paid Blue Badge parking at the North and South Willen Lake car parks, managed by Napier Parking, off the Newlands and Lakeside roundabouts, both off V10 Brickhill Street. Festival Stewards will guide you to nearby parking if these car parks are full. Cathedral of Trees, Newlands (for Under The Vaulted Sky)

There is limited parking and paid Blue Badge parking near the main entrance to the Cathedral, off Livingstone Drive. Overflow parking is located at Gulliver’s Land Theme Park (MK15 0DT), also off Livingstone Drive.

If you use a self-propelled or attendant propelled wheelchair, you may require additional assistance. Please contact the Box Office on 01908 280800 so that Festival Stewards can assist if required. If you are unsteady on your feet, a ‘shooting stick’ seat will be permitted (no chairs or stools please). Caution must be taken on site which may be dark and shaded in places. Please wear sensible shoes or stout footwear with a good undergrip. The show is suitable for families, though under 16s must be accompanied by an adult and supervised at all times. Please allow time for ticket purchasing if buying on the night, and allow 15 minutes to get to the assembly point where the production will start. Once the show begins, latecomers will not be admitted. Willen Lake for Ilotopie’s Fous de Bassin (Water Fools) Friday 18 and Saturday 19 July, 10pm. Event information on pages 10 and 11 This event takes place on water and uses naked flames and pyrotechnics. Caution must be taken on site which may be dark in places. Please walk slowly. Under16s must be accompanied by an adult and supervised at all times.

Festival Stewards will guide you to nearby parking if these car parks are full.

Please allow time for ticket purchasing and wristband exchange on the night. Queues may be long at peak periods, especially from 9pm when the gates open, up to the performance start time at 10pm.

ACCESS

Accessibility: The site is accessible for wheelchair users. To secure a viewing place viewing place or if you are registered disabled and need a seat, please call the Box Office on 01908 280800.

The Festival welcomes people with disabilities. Central Milton Keynes has good parking facilities and ample flat access/walkways. Parking for South Willen Lake Park and the Cathedral of Trees is above (see Parking & Blue Badge Information). Festival sites will be made as accessible as possible and there are good all-weather paths around Willen Lake. If you have any special requirements, please contact the Box Office on 01908 280800. Please see the pages opposite if you are attending Ilotopie’s Water Fools or Under The Vaulted Sky in the Cathedral of Trees. 72

www.ifmiltonkeynes.org

Applicable to both locations: No pets please, only registered assistance dogs permitted. Travel as lightly as possible and avoid carrying large bags. Toilets are located at South Willen Lake Park - we suggest you go before you make your way to the event sites! Camping, BBQs, picnics, glass and alcohol are not permitted. Festival Stewards, St John’s Ambulance and other services are on site to help you - please approach them if you have any questions. Stay safe, be sensible - enjoy your visit! By entering Festival sites you agree to adhere to these guidelines. Information in this brochure is correct at time of going to print. The Festival reserves the right to make alterations if necessary. Box Office: 01908 280800

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Associated Events MK Gallery

Cadences: Works from the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam and film by Catherine Yass Friday 27 June – Sunday 7 September 2014 Admission free Icarus, 1588 by Hendrick Goltzius

This exhibition presents a unique mix of historical and modern paintings, prints and ceramics on loan from one of Holland’s most illustrious and encyclopaedic art collections, exploring themes of flight, falling, destruction and gravity. British artist Catherine Yass, Turner Prize nominee in 2002, also presents Flight (2002), a film made with a camera attached to a model remote-control helicopter. MK Gallery, 900 Midsummer Boulevard, Central Milton Keynes, MK9 3QA www.mkgallery.org

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MK Festival Fringe

Eight (slightly outrageous) days in July! Thursday 17 – Thursday 24 July 2014 Central Milton Keynes

Pioneering outdoor theatre, performance, visual arts, music, comedy and dance presented within the vibrant landscape of the city where unusual spaces - buses, empty shops and street corners - are transformed to become stages, theatres and galleries. Featuring invited artists including Boogaloo Stu and special commissions such as Festive Road’s Walking with Giants parade, plus plenty of surprises. www.mkfestivalfringe.com 74

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Official Suppliers

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Festival Supporters

IF extends thanks to the many individuals, organisations and companies, staff and volunteers who have worked to make the Festival a success.

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