What is "Beds United" ?
In Autumn 2019, Milton Keynes will experience the inaugural A Festival of Creative Urban Living – a new biennial art, design and architecture festival for the city. Launching on 26 September and running until 13 October, this first edition entitled ‘the built, the unbuilt and the unbuildable’ will be developed, shaped and co-curated by raumlaborberlin. http://raumlabor.net
MK has a pretty unique design layout – with many of our residential areas hidden behind the millions of trees, which make the city such as special place to live. Often, people who visit MK ask – where are all the people? Beds United will offer both visitors the chance to find out!
The Festival is asking residents of Milton Keynes to host an overnight guest who may be visiting for the Festival, or could already live in MK but in a different part of the city. raumlabor’s idea is that they would like every residential area within the grid square and beyond to have one (or more!) hosts for the duration of the Festival.
Now, we know what you are thinking… this is just like air b-n-b?
Well – on first appearances - you could say that, but Beds United will offer much more. Hosts will all get to meet each other, have dinner at MK Gallery, exchange ideas and stories at our festival meeting place and be part of a photographic record of the project.
Guests who sign up for the Beds United experience won’t get to choose where they stay. Instead the Festival team will pair up hosts and guests and most importantly – no money will change hands.*
*Hosts will however be reimbursed by the festival for any costs incurred for food or laundry.
So are you interested in being a "Host" ?We have a created a simple Expression of Interest form below– we would be very grateful if you can fill it in and submit. Ursula or Rachel, Beds United Festival Producers will then be in touch and invite you to a "Hosts" information and project development evening to be held on Tuesday 16th July, 6pm at MK Gallery ( if you cannot make that evening, but would still be interested in being a Host- we will contact you and arrange to meet you.