Live Age Festival will run from 30th September 2016 to 2nd October 2016

22d747_fe7ac1b1850047d7afd4f1c461aa0267Artists, older people’s organisations and the Universities of Keele and Staffordshire are uniting to celebrate the creative life of older people in this region.

The Live Age Festival will run from 30th September 2016 to 2nd October 2016 to coincide with UK Older People’s Day on 1st October.

Dance, music, drama, film, photography, singing, art and craft activities fill a packed three-day programme taking place in the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Mitchell Arts Centre, Foxlowe Arts Centre (Leek), Gallery 116, the Wedgwood Institute, the Art Stop Stoke, the Emma Bridgewater Factory and other venues across Stoke and North Staffordshire.

Prof. David Amigoni, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) at Keele University, said:

‘Keele University is proud to support the Live Age Festival, 2016. Now in its third year, the University is delighted that this event celebrating artistic and creative activities and opportunities for older people will take place again in the heart of Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire. Live Age is a practical expression of the way in which the University’s research aimed at improving opportunities for older people and intergenerational relationships has real impact on the communities we serve and with whom we work. The cultural focus of Live Age is especially important to celebrate this year as we gear up to support Stoke-on-Trent’s bid to be UK City of Culture in 2021.’

Susan Clarke, Creative Programme lead for Stoke’s City of Culture bid, said:

‘Live Age Festival is fast becoming a much anticipated fixture in the cultural calendar for Stoke and North Staffordshire. I am looking forward to an amazing few days showcasing the richness of creativity with and for older people we have in our area.’

Rachael Lines, artistic director of FRONTLINEdance, said:

‘I look forward to the Live Age Festival every year – it brings many different types of people together and offers a wonderful FREE programme of workshops and performances. It’s such an enjoyable and friendly event which is full of talent. I’m looking forward to developing another contemporary dance piece for all abilities to be performed at the festival, and this year I am encouraging everyone, from people who have never danced before to professionals, to invite a parent or grandparent or an auntie or an uncle to dance with them. Please get in touch if you’d like to take part.’

If you would like to get involved or find out more about the Live Age Festival, please contact Isla Telford, Festival Co-ordinator, on 07505 527230 or isla.liveagefestival@gmail.com, and view the Live Age Festival website at www.liveagefestival.co.uk.

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