Milton Keynes Festival Fringe in 2018 showcased an experimental programme of performance, visual art, film, music and dance, entirely focussed on presenting work by artists currently based in or originally from Milton Keynes.
MKFF is a biennial event which complements the Milton Keynes International Festival, and will return again in 2020.
Working across the town - in arts, heritage and non-arts venues as well as within its unique public realm - MKFF 2018 provided a largely free programme of newly commissioned exhibitions, events and workshops to reach a diverse range of audiences and communities.
MKFF 2018 also saw the introduction of a new online strand where artists will be commissioned to produce work specifically for social media and other platforms. Aside from the artistic programme, MKFF is dedicated to providing opportunities for young people to gain valuable real life experience in the arts sector through our Young Producers scheme. Delivered with partner organisations, this scheme supports skills development, builds confidence and ultimately inspires the growth of a new generation of creatives.
Since its formation in 2012 we have begun to build a real dedicated 'fringe' following and audience numbers are increasing year on year. We are also working hard to minimise environmental impact. We received the ‘Greener Festival Award 2012’ and are redoubling efforts for the 2018 edition and into the future.
MKFF has a small but dedicated team of volunteer board members and welcomes an enthusiastic band of event volunteers. In general, 80% of our budget is used for artistic expenditure i.e. artist fees and staging costs and only 20% is spent on admin, management and overheads.
MKFF has previously been funded through Arts Council England, MK Council, MK Community Foundation with invaluable support from MK's Arts and Heritage Alliance. In 2016 we welcomed more fans to our Fringekin friends scheme, who added another bespoke pin to their collection, along with our heartfelt thanks.
For the 2018 Festival Fringe we were delighted to have achieved our first crowdfunding target, with generous donations from individuals and MK businesses. We would like to say a huge thank you to our generous sponsors for their belief in and support of the MK creative community.
MK Festival Fringe is a not for profit Community Interest Company
with a Board of Directors and also an Advisory Board which meets about four times a year.