Brighton Older People’s Festival Launched

An exciting two week Festival for people aged 50+ will be held across the City starting on September 26th.  Building on the City’s successful celebrations of the United Nations Older People’s Day in past years, Brighton based charity Impact Initiatives presents the Festival supported by a grant from Brighton and Hove City Council.OPF

The Brighton and Hove Older People’s Festival will bring an eclectic mix of events and celebrations in venues across the City including the Brighton Dome, Theatre Royal Brighton, the Hop 50+, Barclays Eagles Lab and the Open Market.

The Festival will celebrate the achievements and contributions of older people in our City which will be highlighted in the Photographic Exhibition at the Brighton Dome by award winning photographer Maria Scard. Maria is well known for her commercial, documentary and fashion work as well as appearing on Couples Come Dine with Me!

Based on the Festival themes set by the United Nations for International Older People’s Day participants worked with Maria to bring her ideas to life which took them all over the City including to some places they didn’t previously know existed Maria said ‘We wanted to produce something that people could get involved in and have some fun in producing but would also be engaging and interactive for the viewer’.

The way in which Maria approached the project has done just that. The result is an exhibition of amazing images but with something alongside these for the viewer to take part in, think further about or take away.

The two weeks will also see events including backstage tours of key venues, a trip to parliament, walking tours, a debate with the older people’s Council and pupils of Dorothy Stringer School as well as music and dance events.

On October 1st which is International Older Peoples Day there will be a range of taster sessions at the Hop 50 + and Cornerstone Community Centre and ‘A Festival in a Day’ at the Open Market, Stall holders are offering discounts and there will be music and dance including an hour long set from Herbie Flowers who lists Paul Mc Cartney and Jeff Wayne amongst those he has played with.

Caroline Ridley CEO of Impact Initiatives said “We have worked with some amazing people to bring the Festival together; we wanted to provide something for everyone and believe we have succeeded in our mission.” 

Annie Alexander Public Health Programme Manager at Brighton and Hove City Council added “Brighton and Hove has over 35,800 people aged 65+ which is 13% of the total population.  Celebrating Older People’s Day is a step forward in our vision to make Brighton and Hove an Age Friendly City “

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