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.

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Old School Graffiti Project, Luminate 2013, Eoin Carey

These are just a few of the many ways that you could contribute:

  • Review your existing offer for older people and extend it in a new way
  • Connect with a new partner and explore ways to reach new audiences
  • Run a creative consultation with older people in your own area
  • Recruit older volunteers to become cultural champions
  • Take part in dementia friendly training
  • Explore intergenerational opportunities and support creative conversations
  • Deliver a creative response that challenges negative perceptions of ageing
  • Include a tour booking to a community centre, village hall or care home
  • Celebrate what you already do well and share positive stories with us

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

Become part of the festival

There are so many ways that you could become part of the festival, it is a fantastic way to showcase what you do, develop new partnerships and reach more older people. 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. Please get in touch to let us know what you are planning via or let us know if you need any suggestions. This page will soon include download documents and a chance to upload your events- so watch this space. We look forward to hearing from you! #ageofcreativityfestival