The Mid North Coast Creative Ageing Festival has been internationally recognised in the recently published book, Around the World in 80 Creative Ageing Projects, published by the Baring Foundation in London.
The book presents 80 projects offering all forms of creative arts activities to older people from Europe, Asia, the US, Australia and New Zealand.
The forward by British Council Arts Director Kate Arthurs notes: “With stigmas of ageism and ableism prevailing – not to mention issues of age and isolation … we need to find a way to bring people together … In our experience, arts are a crucial tool when seeking to connect those who wouldn’t otherwise meet.”
The Mid North Coast Creative Ageing Festival is one of only six Australian projects showcased in the book. Executive Director of Arts Mid North Coast, Kevin Williams expressed the delight of the organisation of being selected in the publication:
“To be showcased along with projects from major bodies such as the Sydney Museum of Modern Art and the Queensland Ballet highlights how community based programs can still make a major contribution to innovation in creative ageing.”
The fourth Mid North Coast Festival takes place across the region from February 10 to 28, with a diverse array of sessions on offer.
On the Coffs Coast, you can enjoy a morning of music with the Coffs Harbour City Orchestra in the Botanic Gardens, ‘Write your Own Biography’ in Toormina, see a free film screening of Faces Places, and if you’re lucky, catch the Elton John Ukulele Flash Mobbers, who will be popping up around town in Coffs Harbour.
Down in Kempsey, you can do beginner’s classes in linedancing, drawing or creative writing, ‘Knit and Natter’ at the library, have ‘Morning Tea With Bush Poet Errol Gray’, and get into tie-dyeing at Community Gateway.
There’s also ‘Ikebana Flower Arranging’ at South West Rocks plus TimeSlips Creative Storytelling Sessions, which are designed to encourage meaningful social engagement for people living with memory loss.