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(B)old International Symposium of Creative Ageing

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Attend a showcase of artists and organisations leading the way for older creative communities.

Join us for a day of exploration as we welcome case studies from across the world that showcase good practice from artists and organisations leading the way on how the arts can have a positive impact on older lives.

With keynotes, performances and case studies from Taiwan, Korea, The Netherlands, Sweden, Japan and the UK, this symposium is a chance to listen to and see inspiring examples of how getting older is not a barrier to creativity, but a benefit and tool.

The (B)old International Symposium is open to:

1. People working in arts and culture who are interested in working with older people
2. Older people and community groups who want to share their voices and experiences relating to the Age-Friendly and arts programmes
3. People and organisations working within local authority Ageing Well Plans
4. Health and social care professionals working with older people
5. Policymakers with responsibility for healthy and active ageing programmes

11am – 11.30am: Arrivals and registration

11.30am – 11.45am: Welcome from Jude Kelly

11.45am – 12.30pm: The Papers – a panel discuss key stories from a range of media about news stories on ageing

12.30pm – 1.30pm: (B)old Bites – speakers give 15 minute talks on their work and practice
Panelists include:
Japan – Sachiko Ukegawa of Saitama Gold Theatre
Holland – Conny Groot of Music Generations
Finland – Raisa karttunen and Jenni Räsänen – The Art of Caring
Chaired by David Cutler from Baring Foundation
Followed by 15 minutes of questions

1.45pm – 2.15pm: Lunch break and speed networking

2.15pm – 2.30pm: David Slater of Entelechy Arts – focusing on the organisation's trips to Brazil and Japan and how this influences their practice in London

2.30pm – 2.45pm: Alan Lyddiard of The Performance Ensemble – working with an ensemble of older performers

3pm – 3.15pm: (G)Rave – a large participation performance choreographed by Mark Baldwin

3.30pm – 3.45pm: Chris Rolls of 64 Million artists – Older People, Creativity and Tech

3.45pm – 4.45pm: (B)old Bites – speakers give 15 minute talks on their work and practice
Panelists include:
Taiwan – Ms Yi-Ying Lin – Taichung City Deputy Mayor, ex CEO of Hongdao Senior Citizen Welfare Foundation
Taiwan – Ms Wan-ling Tsai – Education Manager for Elder’s Performing Arts Outreach Programme, National Theatre and Concert Hall
Korea – Sooa Park – Deputy Manager, Korea Arts and Culture Education Service (KACES)
Korea – Hyangmi Won – Manager of Global Education and Networking Department, Geumjeong Foundation for Arts and Culture
Chaired by David Cutler from Baring Foundation
Followed by 15 minutes of questions

5pm: Closing thoughts from our creative observers

Everyone is invited to The Clore Ballroom, Level 2, Royal Festival Hall for the Neuronal Disco, from 5pm to 7pm.

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Royal Festival Hall
Level 5 Function Room, Green Side


Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)


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