Gwanwyn is a month-long national festival held across Wales in May each year celebrating creativity in older age.
Gwanwyn means spring in Welsh, and celebrates older age as a time of opportunity for renewal, growth and creativity. Our aim is to offer opportunities for greater participation by older people in the arts, whether visual arts, drama, storytelling, music, literature, photography, dance or film.
Gwanwyn Festival 2019 starts 1 May 2019
From Caernafon to Cardiff and from Whitland to Wrexham there will be an explosion of art and creativity amongst the over 50s in Wales during the month of May.
More than 40 groups of older people throughout Wales are set to take part in this year's Gwanwyn Festival of arts and creativity for older people. Our Wales wide festival will, this year, feature activities ranging from challenging dance routines to film screenings, and from community weaving to an exhibition on memory during the month of May.
Now in its thirteenth year, the festival provides opportunities for older people to become involved in any number of artistic and creative activities. It also celebrates the opportunities that older age can bring; a chance to learn and try new creative experiences, which is reflected in the name Gwanwyn – the Welsh word for springtime, whilst acknowledging lived experience.
Among the highlights of this year's festival will be an exhibition from the Hearth Gallery at Llandough Hospital in the Vale of Glamorgan based on patients' first memories. In Caerphilly, older women will be making a short film of their dance routines called Girls on Film, while in Cardiff the Gentle/Radical Film club will be screening a film and hosting a discussion based upon the institution of marriage from a BAME perspective.
In Denbighshire, an inspirational artist will help a community to weave itself together by using this most ancient of crafts while in Carmarthenshire there will be aerial yoga as participants will be lifted circus-style into the air to perform their moves before being invited to lay in a colourful yoga hammock for a more calming experience.
For more information on the festival and to find an event near you, please visit the Gwanwyn website
Why not download a copy of our 10th birthday brochure from the bottom of this page.
Gwanwyn Grants 2019 - our grants are now closed.
We also have special projects like cARTrefu and In Your Mind’s Eye, which promote the participation of older people in the arts throughout the year.