A Festival of Creative Urban Living 2019 - open call

Date Posted:03/04/2019

A Festival of Creative Urban Living will unite the worlds of art, architecture, design, and high-tech within the urban context of Milton Keynes, in a unique biennial event. Taking a steer from MK’s City Fest and harnessing the curatorial ambitions of Different by Design, the city’s bid to become European Capital of Culture 2023, A Festival of Creative Urban Living will offer a new experimental cultural experience for citizens and visitors alike.

For 2019, the Festival has been developed and co-curated by raumlaborberlin, an award-winning experimental architectural practice who work at the intersection of architecture, city-planning, art and urban intervention. Through a collaborative and participatory process, raumlaborberlin initiate and deliver projects that promote urban renewal.

By adopting a ‘show me don’t tell me approach’, raumlaborberlin’s interventions activate the untapped potential of places; creating new atmospheres and new realities, enabling citizens and audiences to know, understand and imagine their cities in creative and unexpected ways.

In 2019, the Festival has been developed to respond to the theme ‘The Built, The Unbuilt and The Unbuildable’ – encouraging a debate and dialogue around the founding design principles of MK, whilst exploring and challenging the city’s future design.

Through a free public programme of new commissions, exhibitions, conferences and participatory programmes, the Festival will include contributions from a diverse range of artists, creatives, architects, designers, urban planners, urban theorists and cultural organisations.

Located on Midsummer Boulevard East, at the very heart of MK’s city-centre, A Festival of Creative Urban Living will be housed in a series of newly commissioned architectural structures. This new ‘campus’ will provide a hub and a visual focal point for the Festival, hosting a range of free inspiring events, debates and performances.

Due to the Festival’s ‘campus’ location and the proposed regeneration of Midsummer Boulevard East, raumlaborberlin’s programme will also provide an opportunity and platform to engage audiences and participants in future design ideas for the city-centre and the public realm.

In order to encourage global participation and engagement, whilst also inviting new ideas and approaches, raumlaborberlin have developed Crossroads – an open call for three temporary structures/interventions, which will form part of the Festival ‘campus’.

Open to local, regional, national and international artists, creatives, architects, designers, performers… raumlaborberlin invite proposals which respond to ‘The Built, The Unbuilt and The Unbuildable.’

For more details about Crossroads and the open call process and further information relating to the Festival can be found at www.afcul.org

A Festival for Creative Urban Living is commissioned and funded by Milton Keynes Council. For further information or images please contact