Midwinter fun at fire festival


Celebrate the darkest of days at a Midwinter Fire Festival on Saturday.

The event is being staged by Milton Keynes-based Festive Road – an outdoor arts company with a carnival flavour which engages communities in theatrical, collaborative and creative activities.

Their performance on Saturday, called Paraffinalia, is a Midwinter Fire Festival in Campbell Park.

The free event celebrates the darkest of days with fire spectacles, processional lanterns, pyrotechnic effects and live performances, all based on the traditions of The Lord of Mis-rule and the The Bean King.

From 7pm audiences will be met by some extraordinary walkabout characters in the Open Air Theatre area and will be guided to the happenings beyond, where the parade of lanterns and illuminated structures will join the celebrations from across the park.

There will be a chance to interact with installations and performers and buy some refreshments before the main event –a 20-minute show featuring fire performers, traditional re-enactment and live music from The Kettle Band.

Festive Road have been making lanterns every Saturday throughout November at MK Gallery and with several local school groups in the lead up to the event.

There is limited public parking at the Campbell Park Events Plateau. Alternative parking is at the John Lewis end of thecentre:mk and take a short walk over footbridge into the park.

The company are on the lookout for volunteers leading up to Saturday night’s event.

They need help setting up on Friday.

On Saturday night they will need help with stewarding, car parking, rigging and feeding braziers to keep people warm.

They also need litter pickers after the event

Contact jessica@festiveroad.org.uk