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Older artists take centre stage at Gwanwyn Festival of Arts and Creativity

THE Wales wide festival, organised by Age Cymru, will this year feature several artists from the mid and west Wales area with activities ranging from theatre and to aerial yoga during the month of May.

Now in its thirteenth year, the festival provides opportunities for older people to become involved in any number of artistic and creative activities. It also celebrates the opportunities that older age can bring about; a chance to learn and try new creative experiences, which is reflected in the name Gwanwyn – the Welsh word for springtime, whilst acknowledging lived experience.

Among the highlights of this year’s festival will be the aerial yoga workshop as participants will be lifted circus-style into the air to perform their moves before being invited to lay in a colourful yoga hammock for a more calming experience.

Age Cymru’s Arts & Creativity Programmes Manager, Kelly Barr said: “The Festival is produced by inviting community groups to bid for small grants to help fund their event, so that we can ensure that a wide cross-section of older people, from the four corners of Wales, become involved in organising and participating in the festival.

“It also promotes the benefits of exploring creativity, developing a critical voice and participating fully in the artistic and cultural life of local communities across Wales, all of which is crucial to our well-being.

“Given the calibre of events, I suspect that this year’s festival is going to be one of our most successful to date with each group offering a unique and exciting opportunity to get involved.”

List of events taking place in mid and west Wales

1 May 2019 10am – 4pm, Arts and well-being day, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Ceredigion

11 May – 12 May 10.30am – 1.30pm, Aerial Arts – Taking Tradition to the Xtreme, Studio 17, Whitland, Carmarthenshire

25 May – 23 June, Elder trees / Coed Hynaf @ Cartef Cynnes, Carmarthen

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