FIFTH PORT OF CALL – Milton Keynes
20 - 29 July
ARRIVAL – Queens Court in thecentre:mk Shopping Centre @ 17.30 on Friday 20 July
It's one of the furthest points from the sea in the UK but the boat is here for IF: Milton Keynes International Festival 2012 - www.ifmiltonkeynes.org. Shoppers will be greeted by a rather unusual sight as the boat arrives in town. The Welcoming Ceremony begins @ 17.30 with a musical greeting - the fabulous MK Brass and Thirty Pounds of Bone, collaborating with The Singing City Choir, present the Milton Keynes entry of the Ship's Log.
The Habourside, 20-29 July, 11.00-18.00 each day, except Sundays to 17.00 – A special harbour hosts the boat at Queens Court in thecentre:mk. Come and say hello, see the boat close up, listen to the stories behind donations and hear first-hand from the crew on their experience of the voyage. The Boat Shed information booth and listening buoys in the harbour have been designed and built by young people as part of The Splinter Group with flags designed by the IT Project craft team.
The Unthanks plus Special Guests, The Spiegeltent, Campbell Park, Monday 23 July, 20.00 - The Unthanks are one of the country's most critically acclaimed folk bands. Adrian McNally, the band's pianist, arranger and producer, is IF: 2012's Artist-in-Residence and has collaborated with some of the best singer-songwriters around to produce a new album, inspired by stories collected for The Boat Project – 'Harbour of Songs'. A very special evening of song, and perhaps a bit of clog dancing. Tickets £25. Box Office 01908 280 800
Also in MK . . . 19-29 July, Milton Keynes Festival Fringe is presenting Safe Harbour - Six Beach Huts, each one beautifully transformed by a commissioned artist, all with a unique style and presenting a range of art forms including exhibitions, film, sound and art performances. The Safe Harbour Beach Huts will be placed around Central Milton Keynes to coincide with The Boat Project's visit. www.mkfestivalfringe.com
DEPARTURE - Queens Court in thecentre:mk @ 18.30 on Sunday 29 July
The Harbourside at thecentre:mk will takes its last visitor on 29 July at 18.30 as a fittingly musical send-off to mark the end of our time in Milton Keynes.
THE SHIP'S LOG
Saturday 28 July – 17.30
The Habourside, Queens Court at thecentre:mk
Thirty Pounds of Bone presents The Ship's Log, in collaboration with some great local artists and the wonderful voices of The Singing City Choir.
IF: Milton Keynes International Festival, The Stables, thecentre:mk, MK Christian Foundation, IT Project Craft Team, MK Men In Sheds, MK College Learning Disability Services