Mid North Coast Creative Ageing Festival promises fun for everyone who wants to age creatively.
Mid North Coast Creative Ageing Festival promises fun for everyone who wants to age creatively. Contributed

Festival fun to get connected seniors ageing creatively

DANCE, film, music, art and creative thinking are all part of the inaugural Mid North Coast Creative Ageing Festival, which is on from March 1-14.

Held over six council areas - Mid-Coast, Port Macquarie-Hastings, Kempsey, Nambucca, Bellingen and Coffs Harbour City - the festival features 25 events, giving seniors in those areas the chance to engage in exciting new art and cultural activities.

Executive director of Arts Mid-North Coast, Kevin Williams, said a lot of retirees were moving into the local council areas.

"We have more than 32% of our population aged above 60," Mr Williams said.

"So, we are one of the NSW regions with the oldest demographic.

"Our philosophy is we represent what Australia will be like in 10 years."

Building on the knowledge of the advantages that creative learning can bring to the better health of older people, the festival will focus on getting seniors staying connected or becoming connected with others in the community through creative activities.

"The focus of the festival is to feature a range of events across the whole of the mid-north coast, in both the smaller and larger communities," Mr Williams said.

In among the selection of events is the Nambucca Valley Arts Council's Stringer Gallery exhibition featuring art created by residents of the Riverside Gardens Retirement Village.

Another major event will be at Port Macquarie's Glasshouse. The art will be created during a series of workshops held in February where seniors will learn to the skill of iPad art.

"They will then have their work showcased in a major gallery," Mr Williams added.

The Big Chat event is planned for Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie.

"A range of speakers will talk about creative ageing and how it is practised in other areas both internationally and nationally, and about different programs such as the art and Alzheimer's program developed by the National Gallery of Australia," he added.

Most of the music, gallery and museum events will have free entry.

The full list of events will be available in early February. For more details, visit www.midnorthcoastcreativeageingfestival.com.au.


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