Published on 24 May 2013 03:30 PM
The Imagine Arts Festival for Older People, is a two day arts festival organised by Kaleidoscope and the Belfast Waterfront.
It will take place at the Waterfront Hall on the 8th and 9th of June and will include a host of arts events, performances and workshops exclusively for older people. The aim of the Imagine Arts Festival is to celebrate older people’s enjoyment of and participation in the arts and to encourage more older people to get involved in the arts.
The Festival Programme features a wide range of different art forms with workshops on offer in everything from ballroom dancing to digital photography. Many of the workshops are completely free. The programme also includes a wide range of events and activities including a special performance of Kaleidoscope’s hilarious sketch show, A Beginners Guide to Growing Older.
The Waterfront’s fabulous auditorium will be transformed into a beautiful ballroom for a special Festival Tea Dance. There will also be a Festival Cinema and the weekend will be brought to a close with a spectacular concert event featured the award winning St Agnes’ Choral Society.
The launch of the Imagine Arts Festival follows the announcement last month that Belfast is now officially the UK’s friendliest city for older people. Councillor Kelly said: 'It is very satisfying to see that older people do feel valued in our society.'
Kerry Rooney, artistic director of Kaleidoscope, told us why he’s so excited to be involved in the Imagine festival, 'we’re thrilled to be working with the Waterfront to deliver this incredible event. The arts have an amazing capacity to change lives and unlock the door to a new world of imagination and discovery.
'The Imagine Arts Festival is chance for older people from across Northern Ireland to engage with a whole range of art forms, to rediscover a lost passion or to find a new one and to make new friends and explore their hidden talents. It’s about time older people’s involvement in the arts was recognised in this way.'
Download the Imagine Arts Festival leaflet (PDF 1.4MB)