We're excited to announce that Creative Lives has been commissioned to deliver a series of events during summer and autumn 2022, giving older adults in the East Region of Ireland an opportunity to develop their creative talents.

The events will take place in public parks and will feature creative activities tailored to suit older people. We're commissioning professional artists to deliver a range of workshops on topics such as music, film and local history, and we'll also be giving local creative groups that are seeking new participants an opportunity to showcase their activities. 

Our workshops and activities will take place in Fingal, South Dublin, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, Louth and Meath as part of six regional initiatives taking place across Ireland, to support health and wellbeing in older age. Other creative partners involved are Music Network, Music Alive, Age & Opportunity, Munster Academy of Dance and artist facilitator Rachel Lartey.

Ireland Director of Creative Lives, Damien McGlynn said: 

"Creative Lives believes in sharing the benefits of creative participation and the powerful way it can bring people and communities together and foster social connectedness. So we're really delighted to be working with both Creative Ireland and Age Friendly Ireland, as well as our colleagues in the five County Councils, to bring these opportunities to older people."

Director of Creative Ireland, Tania Banotti said:

“I am delighted that the Creative Ireland Programme is supporting Age Friendly Ireland to enable older people across Ireland develop and engage with creative initiatives at a regional level.  The Creative Ireland Programme is founded in the principle that creativity is good for our well-being as individuals,  as communities and nationally.  Research findings published last year by TILDA (The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing) showed conclusively that creative activity positively impacts the lives of older adults by supporting their health and wellbeing.”

Chief Officer of Age Friendly Ireland, Catherine McGuigan commented:

“These new regional initiatives are very timely given the context of the UN Decade of Healthy Ageing. Creativity in all its forms supports healthy ageing and these initiatives will encourage older people to explore all their latent talents across a wide range of creative engagement. As always with the Age Friendly Programme, we emphasise the inherent knowledge and skill base in our older population. The bespoke initiatives support a number of the World Health Organisation’s domains for age-friendly communities, including Respect & Social Inclusion, Social Participation, Community Supports & Health.”

More information about Creative Lives' events and activities will be available on our website soon. In the meantime, please direct general enquiries to Age Friendly Ireland's Regional Manager, Louise Edmonds on tel: +353 46 9097000.