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Milton-Keynes, UK

Milton-Keynes, home to more than 200.000 people, was built in the 1960s in order to partially relieve London’s congestion. Named after an already-existing village on the site of building, the city was built on historical grounds: many archeological objects have been found in the construction process of the New Town. The city dedicates special attention to the historical value of its surroundings, but is no longer hesitant to also stress the cultural heritage of its own. In order to completely re-enforce the sense of identity in the city and to place itself on the map of cultural cities worldwide, Milton-Keynes is running for the title of Cultural Capital of Europe in 2023.

Challenges:
- Transforming Milton Keynes – a city of only 50 years old – into a hub of arts, heritage and culture
- Guaranteeing the (financial) means to make this happen and maintain it.
- To develop Milton Keynes as an International City known for its distinctive arts, heritage and culture and to provide the infrastructure and funding to do this, whilst enabling ‘home grown’ cultural organisations to develop and deliver that step-change from within.

Opportunities:
- International recognition of its urban form
- A strong and diverse economy
- A continued influx of people from many backgrounds, cultures and skills wanting to live and work in Milton Keynes.

Representative:
- Shane Downer









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