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Brighton and Hove Older People’s Festival Begins

- September 25, 2017

The Brighton and Hove Older People’s Festival (for those aged 50+) begins today (Monday 25 September) and will continue till the 8 October.

The two-week festival will address the United Nations criteria of “Stepping into the Future: Tapping the Talents, Contributions and Participation of Older Persons in Society”.

Local charity, Impact Initiatives, is delivering the Festival, supported by a grant from Brighton and Hove City Council. Once again Impact Initiatives and their charity partners aim to bring an eclectic mix of events and celebrations in venues across the city to celebrate its older residents.

Award winning photographer Maria Scard returns for a second year and will be looking for older participants to bring her photographic ideas to life. This year Maria is hoping to photograph residents aged 50+ who contribute to the city and its people.

There is a packed programme of events in key venues across the city during the two week festival including Hop 50+, The Theatre Royal and Duke of York’s cinema. More details of the events can be found on their website

A “Full of Life Fair” is taking place at The Open Market on Sunday 1st October – Older People’s Day with the triumphant return of Herbie Flowers and the All Stars at 1pm, who last year played to an unsuspecting market audience.

Last year’s Older People’s Festival was nominated for Best Event in the City at the Brighton & Hove Business Awards. They were finalists, coming second to The Snow Dogs.

Watch my interview with Caroline Ridley – CEO of Impact Initiatives.

By Clare Calder

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