Project Six - the Creative and Cultured City
The Creative and Cultured City
Project Six recognises the key role culture plays in place-making. Culture is and will be, integral in offering opportunities for residents, attracting and retaining visitors and bringing the best individuals to the city for work.
Milton Keynes’ new Creative & Cultural Strategy sets out how we will achieve Project Six. It is an ambitious 10-year plan which pledges that: “Milton Keynes will be an internationally recognised creative and cultured city; known for the excellence and diversity of its borough-wide, year-round cultural offer. As a city, Milton Keynes will offer residents and visitors an inclusive cultural identity, where creative experiences and opportunities transform lives”.
This strategy builds on the MK Futures 2050 pledges for sustainable models, festivals celebrating our urban design and building our asset base. Over the next twelve months it is planned that a city-wide cultural website will be launched, a new model for the local authority cultural service will be researched.
As part of a two-year, £300k programme to enhance MK as a visitor destination, specifically to cultural venues, we are installing e-car charge stations at up to ten cultural sites, we have commissioned three artists to create vinyl artworks for part of the electric car fleet and included cultural venues in the revised redways and canal/ towpath maps. In summer 2018, artists and performers will animate the redways: www.pedallingculture.org.
In 2017, MK’s 50th birthday celebrations which saw 100+ events attract 740,000 visitors with nearly 90 million #mk50 messages on social media and the equivalent advertising spend of £2m.
In October 2019, Our Culture Team hosted A Festival of Creative Urban Living. The festival united the worlds of art, architecture, design, high tech, city development and urbanism in a unique biennial, city wide, large scale event.
The project team is currently compiling a report that will evaluate the success of the festival.
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