The Mid North Coast Creative Ageing Festival has been internationally recognised in the recently published book, Around the World in 80 Creative Ageing Projects.
Published by the Baring Foundation in London, the book reveals 80 projects offering all forms of creative arts activities to older people from Europe, Asia, the US, Australia and New Zealand.
The Baring Foundation is an independent foundation seeking to advance human rights and promote inclusion.From 2010-2019 the Foundation’s arts programme has focused on creative activity by older people. The book was authored by David Cutler, Director of the Baring Foundation since 2003 who runs the Foundation’s Arts programme.
The Forward by Kate Arthurs, Director, Arts at the British Council, notes:
With stigmas of ageism and ableism prevailing – not to mention issues of age and isolation correlating positively, we need to find a way to bring people together across the divides so often determined by difference. In our experience, arts are a crucial tool when seeking to connect those who wouldn’t otherwise meet. Connecting, learning and partnering with those who have more experience than us in this field is also critical if we are to find new ways of addressing shared challenges.
The Mid North Coast Creative Ageing Festival is one of only six Australian projects showcased in the book.