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The City of Codes & Light Festival Returns

Immerse yourself in stories told with light, sound and theatre in the heart of the city. At The Hub, Bletchley Park, Church of Christ the Cornerstone and MK Station Square.

A free festival is being held in the heart of Milton Keynes this October, culminating in a spectacular public event on Saturday 8 October to celebrate Milton Keynes becoming a city.

The City of Codes & Light Festival has been organised by Milton Keynes Islamic Arts and Culture (MKIAC) in partnership with local cultural institutions including Milton Keynes City Council. The festival runs from Tuesday 4th October and leads up to the grand finale on Saturday 8 October from 6pm, featuring live music and performances on stage at Station Square – with a laser show providing the backdrop to thrilling music from the Ibiza Orchestra, a quintet of musicians from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and some further musical surprises yet to be announced.

To start off the festive spirit there will be a ‘digital light parade’ which combines high-impact drumming with kaleidoscopic lighting design, where artists from two of the UK’s most in-demand street theatre companies, Cirque Bijou and Worldbeaters, will lead spectators on a spellbinding parade starting at Church of Christ the Cornerstone 7:30pm (where people can first enjoy a projection by Limbic Cinema called ‘Radiance’), then arriving at The Hub at 7:45 for a 15-minute live performance, then following on and ending at the Station Square main stage for the rest of the evening’s entertainment.

Everyone is invited to the city centre for a family-friendly evening of free live music, amazing performances, and a brilliant light display to mark Milton Keynes being named a city by Queen Elizabeth II as part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations earlier this year.

Full information for the event on Saturday 8 October:

Timings and Locations

Live Music and Performances18.00 – 23.00MK Station Square, 500 Elder Gate, Milton Keynes MK9 1BBFree and no registration necessary

Digital Light Parade19.00 – 20.30Parade Meeting Point: Church of Christ the Cornerstone, 300 Saxon Gate, Milton Keynes, MK9 2ESThe parade will stop for a short performance at The Hub on Midsummer BoulevardParade End Point: MK Station Square, 500 Elder Gate, Milton Keynes MK9 1BBFree and no registration necessary

Light Projection19.15 – 20.00Radiance – A large-scale projection-mapped artwork that transforms the Cornerstone Church into a moving and evolving canvas of light, colour and patternsChurch of Christ the Cornerstone, 300 Saxon Gate, Milton Keynes MK9 2ESFree and no registration necessary


Parking in the city centre is free after 6pm.


Toilets and accessible toilets will be available at MK Station Square.


There will be accessible viewing areas and dedicated seating areas at MK Station Square. At The Hub, where the parade will stop for a short performance, there will also be accessible viewing areas.

Suitability for Children

Children are very welcome to join us for all the events.

First Aid

There will be a first aid tent and medics on site.

Lost Children

For any lost children or other issues, there will be a police van on site and you should make your way there.

Food & Drink vendors

Food and drink will be available at The Hub restaurants all night long.


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