May is a Creativity Month!

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The Collaborative partnership of Creative Festivals aims to turn May 2020 into a month of creativity and culture with three festivals working closely together.

May is a Creative Festival month in England and The Age of Creativity festival collaborates with, Get Creative, London Arts and Health Forum and Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance to maximise impact:

There is an opportunity for HOP network members to promote their creative, health and wellbeing activities through the three individual festivals. Your event may be eligible to feature in more than one festival during May, so please check out the different partners and ensure you are getting all of the support and profile you can.

The most specifically relevant to HOP is the Age of Creativity Festival:

Age of Creativity Festival (1 – 31 May each year) celebrates older people as creative audiences, participants, volunteers and artists. The festival is a platform to celebrate, profile and market the hundreds of opportunities that already exist for older people to take part in creative activities, alongside new events you organise specifically for May.

The festival is a rich tapestry of creative activities, events, performances and ideas that are shared in a variety of places including care homes, village halls and community centres, as well as theatres, libraries and arts centres.

If you have an event that you’d like to feature in the festival then upload it here and we will market it on your behalf for free. If you upload before 1 March then it could also feature in one of the five printed regional brochures that will be distributed across the country by Age UK. There’s no catch – the team simply wants to support your efforts in facilitating more older people to enjoy creative opportunities.

The theme for 2020 is Reaching Out, though not exclusively so. They recognise it can be more challenging for some people to get involved than others and want to be inclusive as almost half the population are over 50. There is some serious work to do to ‘reach out’ and connect with everyone.



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