Gwanwyn Dance Weekend, Powys Dance Gwanwyn Dance Weekend, Powys Dance

The Age of Creativity Festival 2017

1st - 14th October at Venues across England

Creativity and culture is good for you, particularly in later life. Learning from the amazing work of Bealtaine in Ireland, Luminate in Scotland and Gwanwyn in Wales, the Age of Creativity Festival will celebrate an eclectic programme of national, regional, local and community events from across England. The festival fortnight will shine a light on the diverse work that is going on up and down the country in this field and raise the profile of what we do with a collective voice. But we need your help to make it happen! We need venues, organisations, teams and individuals to create opportunities for older people to take part in creative and cultural activities as participants, audience members, volunteers and artists.

The Age of Creativity team is delivering three free national events:

  1. ‘Love Later Life: Creative and Cultural Participation for older people’, 12th October
  2. Research event: ‘Do the arts and culture really impact the health and wellbeing of older people?’, 13th October
  3. ‘Ageing Provocateurs’, online event running throughout the festival fortnight

Here are a selection of the top 10 events running during the Age of Creativity Festival

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The remainder of the festival programme is down to you. We would love to promote your activities, performances, training, celebrations for/ by anyone aged 50+. Unfortunately there is no funding available through the Age of Creativity, but we actively encourage you to raise funds in order to support your work and locate partners to share expertise and resources. We want to showcase your work and generate new participants, partners and investors up and down the country. So no matter how large or small, if your planning something creative or cultural that involves older people then please log your events and help us raise the profile of what we do on a national platform. If you aren’t planning an event, then promote this opportunity to your partners and support a local event. Together we can influence, advocate and celebrate the work we are all so passionate about.

The Forever Young Choir perform at the launch of Bealtaine 2017 The Forever Young Choir perform at the launch of Bealtaine 2017

We are working with a number of partners to deliver this festival. The Family Arts Campaign are kindly hosting the programme, so please log your event on `Fantastic For` Families to register your event for the Age of Creativity festival. By registering your event you could be in with the chance of winning a national award and you can also check out their new Age Friendly standards whilst your there.

The Age of Creativity are also seeking 10 events that will feature on the Age of Creativity website. If you are planning something special and would like to feature in our top 10 then please upload your event on the Fantastic for Families website and then drop us an email at to let us know that you would like to be considered by the 31st August. If you have any problems, please do get in touch.

The Age of Creativity Festival is part of a two year national project , kindly funded by Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and Baring Foundation. The research underpinning the project is the Age UK: Index of Wellbeing in Later Life that shows older people greatly value the role of creative and cultural participation in supporting their wellbeing.