Arts & Age Festival

Month-long series of events celebrating and strengthening the voice of older people and their connection with the wider community through the arts

Festival Details


Friday, 01 April 2016 to Saturday, 30 April 2016

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland, supported by their partners in the Arts and Older People programme; DCAL, The Baring Foundation and Public Health Agency will host the Arts & Age Festival this April, a month long series of events which celebrate the participation of older people in the arts.

The Arts & Age Festival will showcase the achievements of the three-year Arts and Older People’s programme and give a region-wide platform to the voices of older people. The programme was established to increase opportunities for older people to actively engage in the arts and to challenge perceptions of what it means to be an older person in today’s society. 

To date, over 7,200 older people have participated in almost 100 creative arts projects funded through the Arts and Older People programme. Through activities ranging from singing to circus skills taking place across Northern Ireland, the programme has delivered a wide range of creative outcomes.

Reflecting the 'creative aging' of participants, the month-long Arts & Age Festival is set to be an inspirational one. Activities include: free ceramic workshops in Omagh as part of the ‘Grow’ project; Telling Tales, a visual arts exhibition at the Waterside Theatre, Derry~Londonderry; Music to Your Ears, a concert of music written and performed by older men, at the Alley Theatre, Strabane; The Disappearing Farmhouses and Landmarks of Termonamongan, visual art and storytelling showcase event in West Tyrone and Generation Art exhibitions and events celebrating the European Day of Solidarity between Generations on April 29.

The festival culminates with the Arts and Age Conference: The Art of Well Being on Wednesday, April 27 at Riddle Hall, Belfast, which includes the launch of a report highlighting the significant impact of the arts and their contribution towards supporting the health and well-being of our older citizens and tackling social exclusion and isolation.

The free conference is by application only and the closing date for expressions of interest is Friday, April 1. Successful applicants will be informed by April 6. Applications for the conference must be submitted to