Sharing Culture 2018

MK50 has been a fantastic year that has enabled citizens to share their pride and to celebrate how far Milton Keynes has come in 50 years.  We want to build on this work and in 2018 Milton Keynes will take part in the European Commission programme, European Year of Cultural Heritage (EYCH).  The European Commission have developed this initiative with the aim of promoting cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue and social cohesion, whilst also highlighting the economic contribution of cultural heritage.  The four EYCH strands of activity are: engagement, value, protection and innovation.

Milton Keynes EYCH will build on the legacy of MK50, developing the networks and relationships built during 2017 and capitalising on the ground-swell of civic pride and positivity that has emerged.  In Milton Keynes we want to focus our EYCH programme on the themes of our unique designed city and our European connections and stories (developing the ‘creative and cultured city’ vision.)  To do so, Milton Keynes Council will co-ordinate a collaborative public programme, and associated marketing and communications, for 2018 that engages the people of Milton Keynes and beyond in the Milton Keynes story.  Through a 7-month (April-October 2018) programme of activities (much shorter/smaller scale than in 2017), we will explore the design, architecture, industry, green spaces, culture and people of Milton Keynes.  The programme will nspire citizens and tourists to enjoy our city and learn more about its cultural heritage as a designed city, and help shape the future 2019 and 2020 cultural programmes.

We are inviting proposals from the cultural and community sector for projects and events that engage citizens and tourists in sharing the culture and uniqueness of this city.  For the full criteria, seed funding information and application  details, please see the Sharing Culture Call Out.  Deadline is 12th March 2018.