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19 Jul 2012

The Open University sponsors IF: Milton Keynes International Festival

The Open University (OU) is proud to be a partner and sponsor for the second IF: Milton Keynes International Festival, opening on Friday 20 July and running until Sunday 29 July.

Collaborating with local government, business, civil society and other academic institutions, The Open University’s expects its latest partnership to help raise the national and international profile of Milton Keynes.

IF: Milton Keynes International Festival programme includes large-scale spectaculars, family events, international theatre, film, pop-up events, the best in comedy cabaret and live music, bars, food – and lots more. The Festival takes place in Campbell Park and in other public spaces and temporary venues across the city and is already listed as one of the top 100 festivals by The Sunday Times.

As part of an on-going programme of partnership and support, the OU is supporting two of the Festival’s events: ‘As The World Tipped’ – an epic and ambitious multi-media performance which features film visuals and a glorious soundtrack combined with actors suspended on wires to tell a powerful tale of ecological crisis. Suspended above the audience in the night sky, the performers struggle to control their increasingly precarious world as they do battle with the effects of drastic environmental catastrophe.

‘The Cabaret of Ideas’, described as a live Wikipedia event, where the public can meet fascinating thought leaders, experts and mavericks from, or who have a strong connection with, Milton Keynes. A selection of lucky OU academics with fascinating or unusual knowledge line up with others who have been nominated to take part in the ‘Cabaret of Ideas’, in which the audience will ‘lucky-dip’ pick four 20-minute conversations with people of interest.

Lucian J. Hudson, Director of Communications, said: "The Open University is thrilled to be a partner and sponsor IF: Milton Keynes International Festival. Milton Keynes and the OU are global players, renowned for creativity, innovation and inclusivity. This is a rich Festival programme that everybody can enjoy. It's another inspiring example of Milton Keynes’ energy and enterprise."

Dr Ann Limb, Chair of the International Festival said: “No major international festival is complete without the support of the university sector. I am thrilled, both as Chair of the SE Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership and as Chair of IF: 2012, that The Open University, one of the world's most innovative international universities - based in Milton Keynes - has led the way for IF: Milton Keynes International Festival 2012”.

Under the leadership of Martin Bean, Vice-Chancellor, Professor Tim Blackman, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Research and Scholarship, and Lucian J. Hudson, Director of Communications, The Open University is engaging actively with partners in Milton Keynes, sponsoring and supporting numerous events in recent months. The University is a member of both DestinationMK and the Milton Keynes Economic Development Forum, recently hosting and chairing the Milton Keynes Inward Investment Workshop and the Vice-Chancellor's Knowledge Economy Dinner, and sponsoring the CBI regional dinner. Just last week (13th July), the University sponsored the MK Business Leaders Quarterly Dinner, attended by John Bercow, MP, the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, MP.

For more information, go to www.ifmiltonkeynes.org or follow @IFMKFest on Twitter.

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Notes to Editors

IF: Milton Keynes International Festival presents ‘10 amazing days’ from 20 – 29 July 2012. The programme includes large-scale spectaculars, family events, international theatre, film, pop-up events, the best in comedy cabaret and live music, bars, food – and lots more. The Festival takes place in Campbell Park and in other public spaces and temporary venues across the city.

The Festival has been developed and produced by internationally recognised venue The Stables, with support from Arts Council England, Milton Keynes Council and other key partners, funders and sponsors, following the inaugural festival in 2010 which had attendances in excess of 90,000.
www.ifmiltonkeynes.org
Box Office 01908 280800

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