Milton Keynes Arts Centre is looking for applicants to take part in their Heritage Open Day 2024 event, celebrating the rich cultural heritages found in MK. 

On 16 September 2023, for Heritage Open Day, Milton Keynes Arts Centre celebrated the art and culture of Afghanistan. Over the day, more than 600 people visited our site at Great Linford and had the opportunity to try miniature painting and calligraphy with the artist, Samira Kitman; to make and fly kites with Ahmadzia Baktyari; to listen to traditional music and to eat traditional Afghan food.

The event was supported by a grant from The Radcliffe Trust and came about through meeting and working with a group of Afghan women then living in bridging accommodation in Newport Pagnell.

Milton Keynes Arts Centre is committed to celebrating the rich tapestry of cultures that makes up this migrant city of Milton Keynes, and to using the arts to bring all of its people together. They are now inviting Expressions of Interest from cultural and heritage-based groups in Milton Keynes to work with the Arts Centre in developing an event for Heritage Open Day in September 2024.

The deadline for Expressions of Interest is Friday 1 December 2023.

How to apply

Please email with details of your group, an outline of your group’s purpose, how an event at Heritage Open Day might support this purpose and who the event would be designed to reach. Please be aware that Heritage Open Day events must be free and cannot be used to generate income for your organisation.