What is creative ageing?
What kind of ‘old’ do you want to be?
What kind of world do you want to grow ‘old’ in?
Explore the intriguing answers to these questions by joining The Big Chat about Creative Ageing on March 9 from 9.30am at The Glasshouse – a headline event in the Hastings for the Mid North Coast’s Creative Ageing Festival.
Hear expert speakers including artists working in health and aged care, gallery and museum curators, and learn about arts programs, utilising music, dance, theatre and creative writing that support older people to stay fit and well or support people living with chronic conditions such as dementia and Parkinson’s Disease.
Big Chat speakers include Adriane Boag, producer (including drawing with iPads and art and dementia programs), National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; Beverley Peken, president, U3A Sydney; Julie Priest, place facilitator – Aged & Disability, Community & Economic Growth, Port Macquarie-Hastings Council; Lisa Hort, arts and Alzheimer’s specialist; Debbie Sommers, Port Macquarie Museum; Yvonne Kiely and Kim Staples, arts and health practitioners; Chris Mead, artistic director, Creature Tales, Tasmania and Margret Meagher, executive director, Australian Centre for Arts and Health and Chair, Creative Ageing, NSW Ministerial Advisory Committee on Ageing.
As a part of The Big Chat there will be an exclusive screening of the award winning documentary Winter at Westbeth, recently previewed at the Sydney and Melbourne Film Festivals. It is an inspirational story about community, ageing well and the need to keep creating.
Documenting powerful statements shouted from rooftops, moving dance performances and the reasons for wearing green eyeshadow, Winter at Westbeth is an inspirational story about community, ageing and the power of creativity.
Following the Big Chat, which concludes at 3.30pm, artists and creatives attending will be invited to stay on for a hands on creative ageing workshop given by several guest speakers as an introduction to professional development opportunities for artists interested in working with older people and in aged care facilities and health services, including hospitals here.
Other Creative Ageing Festival events across the Hastings include:
An artist’s talk at Sea Acres on Wednesday, March 8 at 11am about the Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail, and in particular, the newest kid on the block - Ranger Riley who is an ambassador for threatened species in NSW National Parks.
Ranger Riley has been painted by local artist Pauline Roods. Twelve badges on the front of Ranger Riley’s uniform depict 12 key threatened species in NSW.
On the back, Pauline has painted an extraordinary design featuring 37 threatened species (including the original 12) to promote the Saving Our Species Campaign undertaken by NSW National Parks.
March 1-April 28 at the Glasshouse Regional Gallery
This exhibition highlights the crucial role played by music and theatre in the lives of Australians from the First World War to Afghanistan.
Drawn primarily from Arts Centre Melbourne’s Performing Arts Collection, the exhibition includes photographs, scrapbooks, letters, posters and audio-visual material that are used to tell stories ranging from concert party performers on the Western Front, female impersonators and opera singers in the jungles of New Guinea, to pop stars taking music from home to Vietnam.
March 2-12 at the Glasshouse Regional Gallery
This exhibition will showcase digital art done by Seniors on their iPads through a series of workshops held in February when they will visit historic sites and create artworks to interpret the heritage specific landscapes.
March 3 at the Glasshouse Regional Gallery
As part of the art appreciation tour, participants will be viewing 3 to 4 selected artworks from the current exhibitions. During the tour your specially trained educators will start easy group chats and explore ideas about the selected artworks. $5 per visitor & their companion. Maximum of 5 visitors plus companions. Bookings essential two weeks prior to tour date. Phone 6581 8888 to book.
March 3-11 at Port Macquarie Museum
Take advantage of the Free Entry for Seniors to explore this multi award winning museum. Comprising 14 galleries and display areas you will be surprised once you step inside at how much there is to see and learn.
March 3, 12:30 pm-1.30 at the Glasshouse Forecourt
The Lunchtime Concert Program is presented by the Conservatorium Mid North Coast Inc with the support of Port Macquarie-Hastings Council through its Place Making Team and the Glasshouse.
Every Friday you can enjoy an hour of music, and all for free with musicians ranging from 9 to 90, every week is different. March 3 will feature Z Chords, a ukulele group of enthusiastic seniors.
March 6-10 at Sea Acres Rainforest Centre
Sea Acres National Park protects one of the largest remaining coastal rainforests on the Australian east coast, meaning that the rainforest runs all the way to the beach.
The rainforest is best explored along the boardwalk which is an easy stroll and accessible friendly. Seniors will receive free entry to the Rainforest Boardwalk on presentation of their Seniors Card at the Sea Acres desk. Enquiries 6582 3355.
March 6, 9am-2pm at Panthers Port Macquarie
The aim of the Seniors Expo is to provide a hub for seniors to access information about health, wealth, travel, education and social and cultural activities plus provide newly arrived and newly retired residents an opportunity to join a seniors group and be linked in to the community. For more information visit pmhc.nsw.gov.au/seniorsweek
March 7-10 between 10am and 12 noon at Port Macquarie Museum
Take advantage of free museum entry and join our drop-in creative workshops to design a hat or decorate a teacup for a temporary community art installation. All materials and guidance provided. The installation will be launched at a special morning tea on Friday, March 10. Enquiries 6583 1108.
March 9, 10:30am-11:30am at Wauchope Library
Laughter Yoga was developed by a medical doctor in the nineties and is now a worldwide social movement practiced in over 100 countries. It is easy to do and can be done sitting or standing.
Come along and see for yourself with certified Laughter Yoga Leader, Kate Forrest. Bookings at Wauchope Library on 6581 8162.
March 10, 10am to 12 noon, Port Macquarie Library
You are invited to come and try out the latest in weird techie stuff – All kinds of Virtual Reality including Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Galaxy Gear.
Find out about 3D Printing, MaKey and Raspberry Pi. Bookings Port Macquarie Library on 6581 8755.
March 10, 10.30am-12 noon at Panthers Port Macquarie
Enjoy a complimentary cuppa from 9.45am before this fantastic free concert produced by Hastings Combined Services commences at 10.30am. To receive your free concert ticket, simply show your Seniors Card at the Panther’s reception desk. (Tickets essential and please collect early as the Seniors Concerts are always fully subscribed)
For group bookings, please call Leslie Williams’ office 6584 0977.
For further information contact Brian Buckett, Hastings Combined Seniors, 0418 402 316.
March 11, 9.30am-3.30pm at The U3A Centre, 2 Lochinvar Place, Port Macquarie
A great opportunity for the community to see U3A’s extensive facilities and talk to Open Day Convenors about the many and varied courses offered including computers, foreign languages, sketching with pencil and paper or an iPad, play reading, fabric colouring, Botany for Gardeners and Ukulele for Beginners.
Free entry for open day. Enquiries to 6584 4192.
March 11, 6pm-10pm, Wauchope Community Arts Hall
A super cool way to celebrate International Women’s Day and the women singer-songwriters who have shaped our lives.
Come along to the Arts Hall to hear music from such greats as Patti Smith, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon, Carole King, Janis Joplin and Joan Armatrading, performed by a dazzling line up of great local women musicians.
Tickets at the door from $10 and light meal option $10. Bring food for a shared meal from 6pm. Music from 7pm.
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