Age of Creativity Festival

The Age of Creativity Festival celebrates the extraordinary range of Age Friendly creative and cultural work taking place across England and reaches out into our community to help more people get involved. This is our chance to develop new audiences and connect with people who have significant barriers to taking part, because we know the positive impact creativity could have on their lives is tremendous. So get involved! Add your events to our festival programme or generate new opportunities for older people to get creative and help us bring more culture into the lives of older people.

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The theme for the 2019 Age of Creativity Festival is Intergenerational Work, because we know the immeasureable value of bringing together communities and generations. However, the festival still exists to celebrate older people as audiences, participants, volunteers and artists. We want to showcase an eclectic mix of tastes, styles, art-forms and interests that are Age Friendly, and provide the consideration and support that enables older people to produce, create and enjoy creativity up and down the country.

If you're new to creative Age Friendly delivery, then read our Age Friendly guide. If you want to develop your intergenerational practice, then get inspiration on the Age of Creativity network website.

After a stonking festival in October 2018, showcasing 320 events across England, it is now time to focus on 2019. Things are a bit different this time...

  • The festival moves from October to the 1-31st May 2019
  • The main programme will remain online, but regional printed brochures will be distributed across England
  • We are hosting a headline conference event to launch festival month
  • There will be a mass participatory project for the whole of England which will run throughout the festival
  • We are inviting you to take over twitter and support our intergenerational Instagram

To get involved, simply add your event to our online programme here. If it's creative and supports older people as audiences, participants, volunteers or artists, then we want it in our programme. If you are holding training or partnership events that support creative ageing projects during May 2019, then it also belongs in our programme. We will do everything we can to market the programme to new audiences both online and through printed copy.

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Please make sure everyone knows you are part of the Age of Creativity Festival by adding our logo to your print, website and press releases. Download the logo here. Remember to connect with us through social media, so we can celebrate your contribution on an international platform @ageofcreativity.

See what happened during our October 2018 festival fortnight which included over 300 events!

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1. Moving Music

Concerts for people living with dementia, their family, friends and carers.Read more

2. Let's Dance

Put on your dancing shoes, have fun and feel great! Read more

3. Singing for the Brain Weymouth

Alternate Tuesdays - check dates before going. Singing for the Brain is a popular social activity for people who are living with dementia, their family and carers.Read more

4. Grandma Saves the Day - Dementia Friendly

Combining the much loved Giles cartoon characters with classic hit songs from the eighties including Our House, Simply the Best, Wake Me Up Before You Go- Go and many moreRead more

5. Brigadoon - Dementia friendly

The screenings are particularly suitable for people living with dementia and memory challenges, their family and friends but anyone is welcome.Read more

6. Building Bridges Performance with Manchester Camerata

Manchester Camerata presents 'Building Bridges', a performance exploring the connections between people of all generations in Nelson, Lancashire.Read more

7. Out of Water - Captioned Performance

A tender new play about gender, wild swimming, and how we define who we are.Read more

8. Les Miserable - Captioned Performance

World-wide Musical hit on tour in Milton KeynesRead more

9. Annie - Captioned Performance

Direct from the West End, Annie returns in 2019! This ‘glorious revival’ (The Times) comes to Plymouth for one week only!Read more

10. Small Island - Captioned Performance

Andrea Levy’s epic, Orange Prize-winning novel bursts to new life on the Olivier stage.Read more

11. Matilda - Audio Described

Roald Dahl’s much-loved tale of an extraordinary child with hideous parents, is the globally renowned stage show from Tim Minchin and the Royal Shakespeare Company.Read more

12. Aladdin - Audio Described

Disney’s Aladdin, a fabulous tale of daring, magic, deceitful sorcerers and hilarious genies, brings a whole new world to London’s West End.Read more

13. As You Like it - Relaxed Performance

Enjoy a relaxed performance of the RSC's As You Like It.Read more

14. Memory walk

Memory walks are dementia-friendly guided visits in the Museum of Liverpool, for older people to explore Liverpool’s past, and for people to share their memories and stories of life in Liverpool.Read more

15. Memory walk

Memory walks are dementia-friendly guided visits in the Museum of Liverpool, for older people to explore Liverpool’s past, and for people to share their memories and stories of life in Liverpool.Read more

16. Memory walk

Memory walks are dementia-friendly guided visits in the Museum of Liverpool, for older people to explore Liverpool’s past, and for people to share their memories and stories of life in Liverpool.Read more

17. Memory walk

Memory walks are dementia-friendly guided visits in the Museum of Liverpool, for older people to explore Liverpool’s past, and for people to share their memories and stories of life in Liverpool.Read more

18. When I was little

'When I was little' is a free activity for children aged 3 to 7 and their grandparents or older relatives to visit the museum and gallery together, exploring museum objects, and sharing stories and memories.Read more

19. 'Our Day Out' Workshops for Older People - Dances from around the World!

These fun, engaging participatory music & dance workshops are for all older people, are dementia-inclusive and suitable for carers and those with long-term health conditions. The 'Our Day Out' project runs all year in 6 locations across Norfolk, and this May our groups will be taking part in dances from around the world!Read more

20. Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2019

The world-renowned exhibition featuring exceptional images at Seaton StationRead more

21. Gillian Wearing: Courage Calls to Courage Everywhere – The Making of the Millicent Fawcett Statue for Parliament Square

Courage Calls To Courage Everywhere is an exhibition documenting the creation of Turner Prize-winning artist Gillian Wearing’s recently-unveiled statue of Suffragist leader Millicent Fawcett, situated in Parliament Square, London. It features a number of artworks drawn from Wearing’s celebrated photographic series, Signs that Say What You Want Them To Say and Not Signs that Say What Someone Else Wants You To Say.Read more

22. Makers Central

Makers Central is the event for the Maker Community in BirminghamRead more

23. Connect Open Workshops

Arts and crafts for over 65's with Made In CorbyRead more

24. Culture Club at Cornerstone Arts Centre, Didcot

Cornerstone’s Culture Club is a friendly and inclusive over 60’s group, open (and free!) to anyone who is interested in connecting with their local arts centre, go behind the scenes and meet new people. Read more

25. Orchestral concert given by the Surrey Philharmonic Orchestra

Surrey Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor Mark Fitz-Gerald
Soloist Joshua Hugo von Bohlen, violinRead more

26. Dorking Concertgoers present a Clarinet Recital

James Meldrum, clarinet, & Maciej Kassak, piano, perform a wide-ranging programme of musicRead more

27. Memory Cinema: Carry On Henry

Cinemas can provide a powerful way to reconnect with memories and others, yet aren’t always accessible to people with dementia.Read more

28. Audio Described - As You Like IT

RSC director Kimberley Sykes directs a riotous, exhilarating version of Shakespeare’s romantic comedyRead more

29. West Side Story

A relaxed performance of the most dazzling and dynamic musical in Broadway history.Read more

30. The Silver Social - Make a Mosaic with Maggie Campbell

Daytime touring arts programme of workshops and performances, aimed at older people in community venues across Breckland, NorfolkRead more

31. Tuesday Afternoon Tea Dances

Come along to dance, chat, drink tea and eat cake at this Tea Dance in OxfordRead more

32. Arts 4 Dementia Best Practice Conference 2019

Towards Social Prescribing (Arts and Heritage) for DementiaRead more

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