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Gwanwyn Festival 2023: Celebrate the creativity of nature and the nature of creativity in older age.

Gwanwyn is a month-long national festival held across Wales in May each year, showcasing creativity in older age. Since 2007, Gwanwyn has worked with artists and organisations of all sizes to promote a wide range of arts activities, from stand-up to stitching, from Bollywood to book clubs.

Gwanwyn Festival offers opportunities for older people to become involved in arts and creative activities, either as practitioners, organisers or audience members. Gwanwyn Festival also helps older people to recognize the benefits that being creative can bring to their health and well-being.

The theme for May 2023 is ‘Nature’. For many of us, the last few years have helped us to appreciate the natural world around us, through daily walks and meeting socially outside. It is widely recognised that being in nature has a positive impact on our physical and mental wellbeing.

Why not find out more about our Arts Trail project and Spring Forward Gold project in partnership with Tanio, that's being piloted in Bridgend.

We want to celebrate how nature inspires creativity not just in the garden and the kitchen but across all areas of our lives, from garden design to geranium growing and grilling our own produce, as well as the more traditional creative activities.

Part of the aim of Gwanwyn is for us to challenge stereotypes of ageing and older people and we will be highlighting activities, events, artists and groups that represent the diversity of experience of older people throughout Wales.

To upload an event to our Festival Events calendar, simply fill in our online form

To keep up to date with news and find out how you can get involved in Gwanwyn Festival, join the mailing list by emailing

Or you can call 029 2043 1576.

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Last updated: Apr 24 2023

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