In 2016, The Older People’s Festival hosted 65 events, in 29 venues with over 2,500 older people attending, many of whom tried something for the very first time. The high profile of the Festival included events being in significant City centre venues, which gave added credibility and contributed to its huge success.
The aim once again this year is to celebrate the achievements and contributions of older people and to tackle outdated stereotypes and attitudes.
Three highly successful events from last year
Photography Exhibition – Maria Scard
Maria Scard’s photography exhibition at The Dome focused on the UN themes and highlighted older people volunteering through providing meals for Brighton’s homeless population and being involved in activities including sea swimming, kayaking and working and running well known businesses in the City.
“What a great project I loved seeing peoples dreams and achievements, it really makes you see people differently and think about what they have done in their lives.”
Festival In A Day
On Saturday October 1st The ‘Festival in a Day’ at the Open Market was attended by over 300 people and hosted by well-known musician Herbie Flowers, who at aged 70+ played an amazing set reaching back to the 60’s and 70’s which had all ages dancing. The local radio station recruited volunteers to help make a one off special about the day and asked them to contribute to the programme.
“I don’t think I’ve had anyone in a long time commend me on something I have done that is new. I loved every minute of it.”
Northern Soul Night
In a city Day Centre called Hop 50+, a Northern Soul Night transformed the lounge into a Soul and Motown club where dancing from early evening until late at night transported many back to their happy youth.
“What a wonderful night of dancing! I can’t wait to do it all over again!”