We did it! The first Age of Creativity Festival, celebrating creativity in later life went with a bang and laid the foundations for future festivals. Thanks to all of you who got behind the initiative with a passion; we look forward to working with you again in the future.
During the Festival we welcomed over 80 new Age of Creativity members taking our network to well over 1,000 Members. We attracted 400 new Twitter followers, taking us to just under 3,500 follower and 1,000 on Facebook - smashing our annual targets. In fact our Facebook posts reached nearly a quarter of a million people during the festival alone!
Our headline event in 2017, Love, Later Life: Creative Cultural Participation, was quickly oversubscribed and drew a large audience to Oxford. Presentations from Age UK, Arts Council England and The Baring Foundation, along with best practice examples gave much food for thought and generated a lot of discussion that was hard to contain on the day. For all those who missed it, there is a recording available to view: Part 1 here and Part 2 here.
Our leading research event in 2017, Do the Arts and Culture Really Impact the Health and Wellbeing of Older People? was a huge hit with all delegates. Presenters Dr Sarah Harper, Dr George Leeson, Dr Marcus Green and Dr Daisy Fancourt delivered a lively, thought-provoking few hours, presenting a range of new research alongside existing data that helped to illuminate the work we are doing and show how immediately relevant it is in our changing world.
The 10 Ageing Provocateurs that presented their ideas during the festival prompted much interest and debate on social media. A huge thanks to all our expert contributors. If you missed them we have added them all to our website - search for Ageing Provocateurs.
This Year's Festival, 1 - 14th October, will be an even bigger and better event - so start planning now! If you want to make sure you have notifications about the Festival early in order to plan your events, do sign up as a member here, it's FREE. You can also sign up for news of your areas of interest which will include research papers, events and news.
The Age of Creativity Festival is part of a two year national project, kindly funded by Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and Baring Foundation. Many thanks to all of the partners and supporters that helped to make it happen.