A FESTIVAL OF IDEAS INNOVATION INSPIRATION & IMAGINATION
The Mid North Coast Creative Ageing Festival is an innovative, and we hope, annual event which acknowledges the valuable role that seniors play in our community and highlights the importance of engaging in the arts and creative activities to foster good health and wellbeing as people age. The Festival has been inspired by the creative ageing festivals in Ireland, Wales, and Scotland as well as the longstanding New South Wales Seniors Festival
The Festival offers opportunities for older people to participate in the arts through exhibitions, performances, film screenings, dance, workshops, discussion groups, networking and sharing of experiences and information. There are also Open Days for many community groups and activities that people can participate in all year.
We hope as many people get out and enjoy the Festival taking place across the region from rural and small communities such a Upper Lansdowne and Coomba Park, to townships such as Tea Gardens, Urunga and Wauchope to our major centres and cultural attractions.
FEATURED EVENTS SHOWCASE:
Scroll through some of the featured events on as part of the festival. Please use the arrows to move back & forward or click image to pause.
Artists of the Riverside Gardens Village
Stringer Gallery, 19 Ridge Street Nambucca Heads.
March 1 to 31.
This exhibition showcases the art of residents of the local Riverside Gardens Village. It is also a reflection of the valuable work members of Nambucca Valley Arts Council provide in supporting art in their community through tuition and guidance. Please note the gallery is open Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 10.00am to 3.00pm and Saturday 9.30am to 12.00 noon. Closed Monday/Tuesday.
Glass from the Past and A Showcase History of the Camera
Nulla Nulla Gallery. Slim Dusty Centre, 490 Macleay Valley Way, South Kempsey.
March 1 to April 2. 10am to 4pm
The Glass from the Past’ exhibition includes Angus McNeil’s photographs documenting people and places from the Macleay. The images were recorded by McNeil on large format glass plates and the resulting prints are of superb quality. The images are from the Collection of the Macleay River Historical Society. Additionally, ‘A Showcase History of the Camera’ will be exhibited.
The Slim Dusty Centre is open 7 days a week.
Self Portraits & Digital Plein Air - Heritage specific landscapes.
The Glasshouse, 32/40 Clarence St, Port Macquarie.
March 2 to 12. 10am to 5pm
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. The Gallery is closed Mondays.
Discover Port Macquarie’s Heritage for Free
Port Macquarie Museum, 22 Clarence Street Port Macquarie.
March 3 to 11. 9.30am to 4.30pm
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. Exhibits are regularly updated and changed, so if you have visited before, you might like to visit again! Museum closed on Sundays.
Memories and Museum Meander Guided Tour
Great Lakes Museum. 1 Capel Street, Tuncurry.
March 5. 1pm, 2pm and 3pm
Come along and explore the past. Museum entry $5 but with free guided tour and light refreshments for Seniors. Enquiries 6554 6275. .
Arts for Relaxation
Boambee East Community Centre, Bruce King Drive, Boambee East.
March 6. 10am to 2pm
Commencing with guest presenters introducing their “Art genre”, participants have the opportunity over a 4 hour period, to move from table to table to try their hand at the various mediums, all of which encourage relaxation and enjoyment. Cost: $10 per person – includes morning tea, lunch & materials. Bookings essential – by Friday 3rd March. To book or for more information phone Boambee East Community Centre 6658 4655 or email email@example.com
Gloucester District U3A Film Group
Senior Citizen’s Centre, Hume Street, Gloucester.
March 8. 1pm to 2pm
Come along for a cuppa and cake and learn more about our Film Group and other activities. Enquiries 6558 9530
Open Day - Upper Lansdowne Craft Group
Upper Lansdowne Hall. 1412 Upper Lansdowne Rd.
March 9. 10am to 2pm
An invitation to connect and see all the different crafts you might want to take up.
The Big Chat. Port Macquarie
Glasshouse Arts Centre, Clarence Street, Port Macquarie.
March 9. 9.30am to 3.30pm
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 us for The Big Chat about Creative Ageing. Hear expert speakers from arts and health practice, local government, artists working in health and aged care, gallery and museum curators, and learn about arts programs for older people to stay fit and well or for people living with chronic conditions such as dementia and Parkinsons.
Special screening of the award winning documentary "Winter at Westbeth", recounting the lives of three residents of an artists' housing estate in New York, aged 75, 82 and 95, who live to be creative through dance, poetry and film-making. An inspirational story about community, ageing and the need to keep creating.
Cost: $35 includes morning tea and light lunch. Collect your name tag at the registrations desk from 8.45am and enjoy morning tea. Booking and further information: Australian Centre for Arts and Health - www.artsandhealth.org.au or firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0416 641 482
Cinematinee. Winter at Westbeth
Jetty Theatre 337 Harbour Dr, Coffs Harbour.
March 9. 2pm and 6pm sessions
Presented by Screenwave, Cinematinee brings fortnightly screenings of world cinema to Coffs audiences. Winter at Westbeth is a fascinating documentary about ageing artists in New York.
The work of Australian director and cinematographer Rohan Spong this film is a, joyous contemplation of pursuing creativity at any age, and its lively real-life characters are ensuring this poignant documentary is attracting international interest. Special $5 admission, includes free ice cream! Book at the Jetty Theatre 6652 8088 or visit www.jettytheatre.com
Coffs Harbour Regional Museum
215A Harbour Dr, Coffs Harbour.
March 10. 11am to noon
Join Museum Curator Jo Besley for a tour of the museum’s collection displays and temporary exhibition, Bananas to Beautyzone. In the 1950s tourism began to gain momentum along the mid north coast and the region was officially promoted as the Pacific Beautizone – a destination for leisure and relaxation. The exhibition highlights the changes that took place in our summers in the post-World War Two period, paving the way for the continuing transformation of the Coffs Coast region. Enquiries: 6648 4847
Weird Techie Stuff for Seniors
Port Macquarie Library. Grant St, Port Macquarie.
March 10. 10.00am to midday
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 6581 8755
Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, Coff St & Duke St, Coffs Harbour.
March 13. 10am to 11am
People living with dementia and their carers are invited to join Alzheimer’s Australia NSW and the
Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery for an informal guide of the current exhibition, followed by light
refreshments. Limited spaces. For further information and registration please contact Marg Coutts 6651 7101 or email Marg.Coutts@alzheimers.org.au
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