Brighton and Hove Older People’s Festival Steps into The Future

An exciting two-week Festival for people aged 50+ will once again be held across Brighton and Hove this September.

Starting on September 25th, the Brighton and Hove Older People’s Festival will address the United Nations event criteria “Stepping into the Future: Tapping the Talents, Contributions and Participation of Older Persons in Society”.

Local charity Impact Initiatives will deliver the Festival, supported by a grant from Brighton and Hove City Council. Building on the success of 5 previous years, Impact Initiatives and their charity partners, once again aim to bring an eclectic mix of events and celebrations in venues across the City to celebrate its older residents.

PrintAward winning photographer Maria Scard returns for a second year and will be looking for older participants to bring her photographic ideas to life. This year Maria is looking to photograph people aged 50+ who contribute to the City and its people in a wide range of ways.

The two weeks will see a packed programme of events in key venues across the city such as at The Bridge Community Centre, Brighton & Hove Buses, The Theatre Royal, Duke of York’s cinema, Hop 50+, The Bevy, and PACA. Also involved already are Active for Life, Barclays Digital Eagles and Eagle Labs, The Digital Festival, Open Strings, Singing for the Brain, History Walks, Terence Higgins Trust, and Singing for Better Health. More details of other events can be viewed at the new website www.opf.org.uk.

Herbie Flowers market cropAlso confirmed is the “Full of Life Fair “at The Open Market on Sunday 1st October (Older People’s Day) with the triumphant return of Herbie Flowers and the All Stars’ at 1pm, who last year played to an unsuspecting market audience, and have since been asking for more more more.

Caroline Ridley CEO of Impact Initiatives said ‘We are once again working with some amazing people to bring the Festival together; with the criteria of Stepping Into The Future, it gives the opportunity to explore, discuss and debate what becoming older will mean in the future. It also enables us to celebrate the talent in the city, which has made it such a wonderful vibrant place to grow old in.”

Sarah Podmore from Brighton & Hove City Council’s Public Health Specialist Team added ‘Brighton and Hove has around 35,400 people aged 65+ and this is increasing every year as people are living longer. ‘Celebrating the United Nations International Day of Older Persons has become a valuable part of delivering our vision to make Brighton and Hove an age-friendly city’

For further information on events and how to book go to www.opf.org.uk and look out for the Festival Programmes which will be in venues across the City from 1st September.

Should you wish to add an event to the two week festival please email olderpeoplesfestival@impact-initiatives.org.uk or call 01273 322940 before the planning deadline of 21st July 2017

For more information or to take part, please email olderpeoplesfestival@impact-initiatives.org.uk or call 01273 322940