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Age Friendly Ireland launches regional creative initiatives for older people

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7/07/22

Age Friendly Ireland launches regional creative initiatives for older people

This summer and autumn, older people across the country will have the opportunity to take part in new creative initiatives.

Delivered by Age Friendly Ireland in partnership with the Creative Ireland Programme, these initiatives respond to research on the value of creative engagement for older people’s health and wellbeing.

The regional initiatives were developed in consultation with Older People’s Councils, which are established citizen structures under the national Age Friendly Programme. A diverse range of creative initiatives will be open to all older people in the community.

  • South East Region – A River Flows Through it: Creative Engagement with My Place

The project will respond to the impact of the Three Sisters rivers on the landscape and cultural heritage of the region. Older people who live near the Three Sisters – the Barrow, the Nore and the Suir – will reflect on how their lives have been influenced by their riverine neighbourhood and to express this relationship in a creative way.

  • East Region – Creative Lives: A series of outdoor creative events in public parks

Creative Lives will deliver a series of events offering creative activities in outdoor settings tailored to suit older people. Activities will include music, film, local history, and walking routes.

  • North Region – Creative happenings celebrating cultural lore related to St Brigid

The North-East will see a series of creative happenings celebrating cultural lore related to Brigit/St Brigid; collectively sharing older people’s knowledge and celebrating active customs and folkloric traditions associated with Brigit; particularly the cloak ‘brat Bhríde’, the cross and the Brideóg, though craft-making workshops.

  • Midlands Region – Music teaching residency for older people

Through this music residency series, older lapsed musicians in the Midlands Region will be offered support to return to playing instruments and new older learners will have opportunities to learn how to play an instrument.

A diverse range of creative initiatives will be open to all older people in the community

  • West Region – The Road to Life

The Road to Life is a travelling roadshow of workshops that will offer older people taster music and songwriting sessions inspired by their own memories, shared stories and imaginations.

  • Dublin City Region – Dance train the trainer initiative with end of project public performance

Older people in Dublin City will be offered the opportunity to train as dance trainers. Older dance leaders will be identified to take part in eight céilí dance workshops, and in turn these leaders will train older people in their local communities. The initiative will include an end of project performance event.

For more information on the six regional creative initiatives and to find out how to take part, see agefriendlyireland.ie

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