This is Me Festival

Middleton Hall thecentre:mk  Spring 2023!


Our proposal to hold a festival of Arts at Milton Keynes Museum in the summer of 2023 has been given the green light and it will be taking place during the first week of July next year. The five days would include one weekend. 

As many people will already know, our key strengths are the creative & performing arts and our ethos is on promoting people's Abilities rather than their Disabilities, creating an environment where they can flourish and realise their full potential. So our festival will reflect this and be a festival of abilities.


As per our ethos, we want to showcase, promote and celebrate the amazing creative talents of our clients with support needs who we call ‘group members’ and indeed all people with learning difficulties, neuro diversities and support needs, to the maximum number of people as possible in a prominent public and accessible space. 


Inspired by success and achievements in 2019 and 2021, where we hosted a Fashion show at The Chrysalis Theatre, an ambitious Art exhibition at the new Gallery space at MK Museum, and more recently a Pantomime held at The Chrysalis Theatre, we now want to embrace an outlet that can reach out to more of the general public in a larger forum.


We plan to allocate a large section of the Gallery to a major exhibition of creative art produced by our group members. The work will include painting, prints, photography, crafts, fashion work and sculpture.

To tie in with this, we will have some interactive creative activities which members of the visiting public can be involved in including art & craft workshops for both adults and children.

Alongside this fixed feature, we will have a series of changing activities including performances of dance, singing and music by our performing arts group members led by our session lead for performing arts, Karina Streeton. Again, there will be opportunities for public engagement.

During lockdown of 2020 we established our own TV channel called ‘HI VIZ TV’ which our Media group members produce and we plan to do a broadcast from the event. Members of the visiting public and local retailers will have the opportunity to contribute to this. We also plan to hold a live broadcast from the event on our radio show on Stony Radio.


This Is Me’ is all about standing up for yourself and being proud of who you are, accepting yourself and others with all our differences, challenges and insecurities. The value of the individual and individuality and the enriching qualities that diversity of all kinds can bring to our communities. Whilst the key thrust of our festival will be to promote and champion the positive contribution that people with learning difficulties, disabilities and neurodiversity can make to our community/society, we also want to draw attention to the value of ALL people no matter what their background, ethnicity, colour, creed or abilities.


We are looking for local business sponsors to work in partnership with us in a mutually beneficial way on this fabulous event and help make it a reality. Such a partnership can fulfil a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) mission and generate valuable publicity or simply provide the satisfaction of giving something back to the local community.

We really hope that there are some sponsors out there who will want to get on board with us towards promoting this important message and take advantage of the huge public exposure opportunity and positive 'feelgood factor' of this uplifting event offers.

So we're not just asking for handouts here. We're inviting you to get involved and help yourselves too!

So, tell us how WE can help YOU when YOU help US ?!

Need more information? Please contact Adrian on 01908 318140 /  info@phoenixmk.com


You can donate by Bank transfer to: 

Nat West Bank

Sort Code: 60 14 55 

Account Number: 68210825

Please identify your payment as 'Festival Fundraiser'

Please spread the word among your friends.

Thank you!

Phoenix Rising:MK is a Community Interest Company (CIC), a not for profit organisation which exists for the benefit of the community rather than for private gain. 

Our work brings amazing positive changes to the disadvantaged people we support

As a CIC is very similar to a registered charity, we can apply for funding support from funding bodies as well as accept donations from members of the public, groups or businesses.

If you would like to make a donation to us it's very easy. There are three ways you can do this:

1. Use our LOCAL GIVING  webpage here:

Donation Start | Localgiving 

OR Make  a cheque payable to Phoenix Rising: MK and send to us at  

43 Mortons Fork,

MK13 0LA

OR Make a donation via bank transfer (BACS). Details below.

Nat West Bank

A/C: 68210825

Sort: 60 14 55

We acknowledge all donations that are made via cheque or BACS.

Any donation amount, small, medium or large is always a great help towards supporting us to maintain our service to adults with support needs.

We  are also looking for a sponsorship partner for mutually beneficial projects. If this sounds interesting to you please see our Sponsorship page