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Arts and Older People Conference 2017 - Cynhadledd Celfyddyd a Phobl Hyn 2017|

  • Thursday 6th April 2017
  • Royal College of Welsh Music and Drama, Cardiff

Type of Event: Media

‘Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be’ (Robert Browning)

How can arts activities support the creation of age friendly communities?

How can creativity help older people to live well and enjoy later life?

This interactive and engaging session will examine the role of the arts in creating age friendly communities and the contribution of creative activity in supporting older people to maintain their independence.

It will demonstrate how effective arts activity can help achieve improved well-being; mitigating isolation and loneliness in older people and contributing to the outcomes sought through the Social Services and Well-being Act.

Organised by Age Cymru and Arts Council of Wales with support from the Baring Foundation.

Who is this conference for?

• Policy makers with responsibility for healthy and active ageing programmes

• People and organisations working within local authority Ageing Well plans

• Health and social care professionals working with older people

• People working in arts and culture interested in working with older people

• Older people and community groups who want to share their voices and experiences relating to Age Friendly and arts programmes

Speakers and breakout sessions

Ken Skates AM, Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure

Panel discussion with representation from the Baring Foundation, Arts Council of Wales, Age Cymru and the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales. Chaired by Paul Cann (previously Chief Executive of Age UK Oxfordshire and founding member of the Campaign to End Loneliness)

Case studies presentations from organisations across Wales using arts and creative activity to help make Wales an Age Friendly nation

Performances from Dawns i Bawb, Music in Hospitals and Entelechy Arts

Breakout sessions:

•A1: Arts and Dementia – including findings from the evaluation of Age Cymru’s cARTrefu care home project, carried out by Bangor University Dementia Research Centre and research findings from Music in Hospitals on the benefits of music to people living with advanced stages of dementia

•A2: Arts and Health – including lessons learnt from the Exercise Referral Scheme and how colleagues in North Wales are developing Arts on Prescription programmes

•A3: Engaging harder to reach older people – including how to engage older men in the arts. The Whitworth Gallery will share recent developments following their Handbook for Cultural Engagement with Older Men, and Shedders from the Squirrel’s Nest Men Shed will share their experiences of being part of the award winning project Pimp My Uke

•A4: Combating isolation and loneliness – including a presentation from the Campaign to End Loneliness and their programmes being developed in Wales.

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The Story Weavers - an evening of storytelling and celtic harp

  • Friday 21st October 2016
  • Pontardawe Arts Centre

Type of Event: Storytelling Performance

Delyth Jenkins, Deborah Winter and Prue Thimbleby bring you a special show commissioned by the 2016 Gwanwyn Festival.

The Silver Wheel
A story of love, loss and transformation. Join Deborah, Delyth and Prue on a magical journey to the stars.

Threads of Fate
The ancient goddesses of destiny have been spinning and weaving the threads of our lives for century after century. but new hands take hold of the thread - with strange consequences.....

The Secret of Contentment
by Prue Thimbleby
Two stories woven together with autobiography and an interactive demonstration of rope making.

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Telling Tales - Performance at Montgomery Castle

  • Saturday 21st May 2016
  • Montgomery Castle

Type of Event: Storytelling Performance

Storytelling interspersed with live folk music. This live performance follows a series of Gwanwyn workshops organised by Traditional Arts Support in the Community.

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In the event of wet weather the event may be moved to the Dragon Hotel. Please visit the organizer's Facebook page for updates.

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Writing Your Memories - Theatr Gwalia

  • Saturday 21st May 2016
  • Carnegie House (the old library), Bridgend

Type of Event: Writing Workshop

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A special Gwanwyn workshop for older people to share their stories at Carnegie House in Bridgend followed by performance.

Have you ever thought about what will happen to your stories? A Local writer wants to hear from you if you want to get them down on paper or ensure they are passed on. 

Bring a story with you or think of one on the day. It could be your first day at school, your wedding day, your family past, the day you were born or something that’s full of humour and you want to get down on paper. Capture your story any way you like - write it down or create voice recordings, letters, poems, key words.

Bring objects, photos or items of clothing to prompt reminiscence and provide inspiration. You can also bring a friend or family member if you would like to preserve your story together. The writer will be on hand to guide and help you discover your story and in the evening there will be an informal reading by actors of all the stories that day that an audience can attend.

For more information about the day contact theatrgwalia@gmail.com
 
Open to the public

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Dementia Day at Cardiff Central Library

  • Friday 20th May 2016
  • Cardiff Central Library, The Hayes, Cardiff

Type of Event: Multi Art Festival

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Cardiff's Central Library will be celebrating Dementia Awareness Week (15 - 21 May) as part of Gwanwyn festival on May 20 with a day of workshops, Read Aloud sessions and a special Goldies singing event.

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Telling Tales Workshops

  • Wednesday 4th May 2016
  • Wednesday 11th May 2016
  • Wednesday 18th May 2016
  • Dragon Hotel, Montgomery

Type of Event: Storytelling Workshop

This event introduces you to the ancient art of storytelling and the shows you how to put some of those techniques into practice.

It concludes with a community event where the stories are interspersed with live folk music.

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May 4th, (8pm) Introduction Event
May 11th, (8pm) Storytelling workshops
May 18th (8pm) Storytelling workshops

The final performance will be on Saturday, May 21st at 5pm at Montgomery Castle.

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Ty Newydd course: Poetry and Dementia

  • Friday 26th February 2016
  • Sunday 28th February 2016
  • Ty Newydd Writing Centre

Type of Event: Writing Workshop

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This course is a taster of what’s involved in embarking on creative writing with people living with dementia. It aims to demonstrate the considerable potential for increased health and wellbeing through this work, as well as covering some of the problems that may be encountered. It will explore the characteristics of dementia as they affect communication, truth telling, editing, ownership of material, collaboration with staff and mentoring. The course will be interactive and will use video and sound recordings to illustrate some aspects in a way that will make participation and understanding easy for everyone.

The course will involve a range of different exercises, and communal discussion will be encouraged as the predominant mode of learning. Handouts will be provided, and books and journals will be available for consultation or purchase. At the end of the course, participants will be equipped with the confidence and materials to embark on their own projects.

Guests to arrive between 4pm and 6.30pm on Friday

Approx Duration: A weekend. Guests to leave at 10am on Sunday

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I Wish I Knew Then ... Performance

  • Saturday 23rd May 2015
  • Abbey Dingle Nursing Home

Type of Event: Drama Performance

‘I wish I knew then…’ an intergenerational project connecting children and the older generation through storytelling and performance within the community.

We all have had those ‘I wish I knew then’ moments and of course, the older generation with their long life experiences have tons of stories and knowledge to share with the younger generations.

At Abbey Dingle Care Home over May, children from the local community will be collecting and gathering stories from people living at Abbey Dingle Care Home to make an exciting performance called ‘I wish I knew then…’ where they will re-enact and tell the stories they discover from the people at Abbey Dingle Care Home and use it as a way to celebrate life and the stories that come along with it.

This project will come to a finale on the 23rd of May at 3pm for a performance at Abbey Dingle Care Home, as part of the Gwanwyn 2015 arts project.  The performance is open to the local community and we will be serving food and drink.

Please come along to share a unique experience as old and young come together to create something wonderful together.

All ages welcome for performance!

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Framed by Flowers

  • Wednesday 20th May 2015
  • Park Day Centre

Type of Event: Storytelling Workshop

Storyteller Amy Douglas will be at the Park Day centre telling stories on the theme of flowers. Flowers that would evoke memories and happy experiences.  This is a closed session and only open to clients attending the day centre
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Pinboard Writer's Showcase

  • Saturday 16th May 2015
  • St David's Church Hall

Type of Event: Writing Performance

The Pinboard Writing group will be staging an evening of poetry, stories, and memories of places and people, to showcase their work and encourage others to join their workshops.

The audience will have the chance to enjoy an evening of lively, varied writing and have the opportunity to chat to members about their work and what goes on in their regular meetings at the Daniel Owen Centre in Mold, Flintshire.

Admission is free and refreshments will be available.  We heartily welcome anyone interested in creative writing and interested in trying it out for themselves within a friendly, supportive and encouraging group of kindred spirits.

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Framed By Flowers

  • Saturday 9th May 2015
  • Oriel Davies Gallery

Type of Event: Storytelling Workshop

Births, romances, weddings, friends and funerals – all of life's important moments are marked by flowers.

As the earth wakes and the buds swell, join storyteller and author Amy Douglas for a morning of flower maidens, fragrant memories and floral fancies.

A fun and particpatory workshop, we will explore the myth of Blodeuwedd; rhymes; sayings and memories awakened by flowers to inspire poetry and creative prose.

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I Wish I Knew Then ... Workshops

  • Saturday 9th May 2015
  • Saturday 16th May 2015
  • Abbey Dingle Nursing Home

Type of Event: Drama Workshop

‘I wish I knew then…’ an intergenerational project connecting children and the older generation through storytelling and performance within the community.

We all have had those ‘I wish I knew then’ moments and of course, the older generation with their long life experiences have tons of stories and knowledge to share with the younger generations.

At Abbey Dingle Care Home over May, children from the local community will be collecting and gathering stories from people living at Abbey Dingle Care Home to make an exciting performance called ‘I wish I knew then…’ where they will re-enact and tell the stories they discover from the people at Abbey Dingle Care Home and use it as a way to celebrate life and the stories that come along with it.

This project will come to a finale on the 23rdof May at 3pm for a performance at Abbey Dingle Care Home, as part of the Gwanwyn 2015 arts project.  The performance is open to the local community and we will be serving food and drink.

Please come along to share a unique experience as old and young come together to create something wonderful together.

All ages welcome for performance!

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