We are officially on the countdown to our next Age of Creativity Festival - celebrating everyone who takes part in creativity as audiences, participants, volunteers and artists in later life. Why celebrate? Because it's good for you (according to the experts), it's fun (according to everyone) and we want more people to have the chance to take part than ever before.
This year's theme is 'partnership' - we can't make the festival happen without you. We want to strengthen and develop meaningful partnerships with people across a wide variety of different sectors - and support you to do the same. In a world full of austerity, there has never been a better time to come together and share our ideas, best practice and precious resources to enable people to love later life and celebrate their creative abilities. In a world full of negative stereotypes about ageing, it has also never been a better time to challenge this and flood the country with positive examples of how to live and age well creatively.
Join us! Sign up for festival updates and receive fortnightly updates about how you can get involved and celebrate with us in partnership.
Our festival will run 1-14th October 2018 and we need your help to make it happen. We will be running 3 headline events (details to come) but the rest is up to you... If you are running/organising something creative that includes older people as audiences, participants, volunteers or artists then let us know! Appearing in our festival programme will help you to reach new audiences locally, as well as raise the profile of our work nationally.
Who?This festival is for people aged 50+.
What?Creative and cultural opportunities for audiences, participants, volunteers and artists.
When?1-14th October 2018
Why?To share an eclectic range of creative opportunities for older people to enjoy, whatever their taste, passion or ability.
How?Events can be listed via an online form on the Voluntary Arts website (coming soon). Listed events will appear on an interactive map with postcode search function, so visitors can find what's happening in their own local area. Sign up for regular updates and upload your events when the programme goes live.
The Age of Creativity Festival will run between the 1-31st May next year and the theme will be 'intergenerational'. If you're looking for inspiration, why not try developing an event this year that builds towards a larger event next year - it's only 6 months after all!
You could bring new partners together to develop a new way of engaging with older people, or build on your existing ways of working. You might use the opportunity for consultation, to pilot new ideas or run training sessions. If you're in need of ideas read our best practice and find potential partners through the network. What will feature in the brochure - what will be available in your local area...?
The Age of Creativity Festival is kindly funded by Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Baring Foundation and Arts Council England. Many thanks to all of the partners and supporters that help to make it happen.