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Posted Friday, July 22nd, 2016

North Wales artist Elizabeth Ashworth has published a new book of poetry inspired by five local older people who all share a lifelong love of art.

Do Not go Gentle – Interviews and Poems on Creativity in Older Age

Do Not go Gentle – Interviews and Poems on Creativity in Older Age

Do Not Go Gentle – Interviews and Poems on Creativity in Older Age is a collection of works about Dymphna Darcey, Lloyd Jones, Beverley Bell-Hughes, John Wynne Morris and Elfyn Jones.

Elizabeth from Llanfairfechan interviewed all five for her book which contains profiles of each artist from their early childhood to older age.

She also wrote pieces of poetry based on their life stories in different forms including free verse and haiku.

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Elizabeth Ashworth

‘For the project I interviewed a dancer, writer, two painters and a potter who are practising their individual disciplines more productively than ever”, says Elizabeth Ashworth.

‘They have all led interesting and incredibly varied lives, share this lifelong love of art and all continue to dance, write, paint and throw pots working well into their sixties and seventies.

‘And like the Dylan Thomas poem which inspired the title of the book, they have no intention at all of slowing down in their older age and going gently ‘into that good night’.’

The Gwanwyn arts festival for over 50s, run by Age Cymru, commissioned Elizabeth to produce the book as part of its tenth anniversary celebrations.

‘Gwanwyn is a celebration of creativity and arts among older people’, says Emma Robinson, who coordinates the Gwanwyn festival.

‘Every year, we run a Wales-wide arts festival for over 50s and we support older artists working in Wales by commissioning works of art from them.

‘This year, with Gwanwyn being 10 years old, we wanted to mark the occasion by offering the opportunity for Welsh artists to create new works of art to celebrate this important milestone.

‘I’m absolutely overjoyed with what Elizabeth has produced and it has been a joy to work with such a talented individual on this thought-provoking project.’

Elizabeth Ashworth will be distributing copies of Do Not Go Gentle – Interviews and Poems on Creativity in Older Age to older people’s groups, libraries and arts centres.

Copies are also going to Age Cymru Gwynedd a Môn Ageing Well centres and writing clubs across north Wales.

Posted Friday, June 3rd, 2016

Gwanwyn Dance Night at Dance House May 21

As we wrap up this year’s Gwanwyn we would like to take a moment to say a monumental thank you to everyone who has helped make this year’s festival the biggest and best ever.

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Big thanks to all the artists, musicians, dancers, poets, photographers, writers, actors, sculptors, knitters, free-runners, story-tellers, jugglers, stilt-walkers, drummers, saxophonists, ukelele-fiends, ravers, walkers, silk painters, gangster grandparents, puppeteers, quilters, paint-pals, yoga instructors, book binders, yarn-bombers (shhh!), soloists, ensembles, usherettes and projectionists. Thanks everyone! We hope you had a great experience.

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Another big thank you to our fabulous army of organizers and volunteers, and to all the amazing people who work with us in venues, who throw open their theatres, galleries, arts centres, church halls and care homes to us each May. For everything you’ve done to make this the most magical Gwawnyn Festival so far – thanks!

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Most of all we would like to thank our audiences. We really hope you enjoyed the show. Thanks for coming and we hope we’ll see you all again next year.

There’s still a few projects ongoing – Sharing Stories continues at Hay on Wye Library, Gangster Grandparents has a final couple of sessions to run at Breaking Barriers, and Re-Live Theatre’s play Belonging ends its triumphant national tour with performances at Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon on 8 June.

We’ll be back soon with more news of our series of artist commissions. Meanwhile, thanks again and have an amazing summer!

Posted Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

We’re entering the last week of May and we’ve had an amazing journey so far, but our 10th birthday party is far from over.

Llion Williams and Clêr Stephens in Re-Live Theatre's Belonging

Llion Williams and Clêr Stephens in Re-Live Theatre’s Belonging

Karin Diamond’s play Belonging continues its triumphant national tour with performances in Neuadd Dwyfor, Pwllhelli (May 24), Pontio, Bangor (May 26-27), Neuadd Ucheldre, Holyhead (May 31), Galeri, Caernarfon (Jun 2) and Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon (Jun 8).

Karin Diamond and Francine Morgan in Re-Live Theatre's Belonging

Karin Diamond and Francine Morgan in Re-Live Theatre’s Belonging

The play is funny and moving and tells the story of how two very different families survive a diagnosis of dementia. You can see the trailer for Re-Live Theatre’s Belonging here and watch an excerpt from the play here.

Critics are calling it ‘beautiful, both in the delicacy with which it tackles the subject and the strength of the performances‘ and ‘a damned good piece of theatre‘.

Wednesday May 25 sees Gwanwyn come to Theatr Felinfach in Ceredigion where Merched Mentrus (Venturous Women) will take to the road for one day only, entertaining audiences in unexpected locations. Presented by a group of older women, the short play is an affirmation that venturing is exciting at any age.

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Lowri Morgan

Join the final performance of the day at Theatr Felinfach, Lampeter. Hwyl a Hamdden, a social and cultural group for over 50s will be welcoming special guest and famous adventurer, Lowri Morgan, for a special Gwanwyn 10th birthday celebration.

The day is FREE but please book your place as space is limited, please call Theatr Felinfach Box Office on 01570 470 697 or visitwww.theatrfelinfach.cymru or go to Facebook.com/TheatrFelinfach or Twitter @Theatrfelinfach.

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Walking the Dog at Newport Riverfront

Are you into photography workshops or exhibitions? From Gangster Grandparents to Cyanotypes, Gwanwyn puts everyone in the picture. Please take a look at our Gwanwyn events page for full listings of all the concerts, exhibitions and workshops still to come.

Posted Monday, May 23rd, 2016
Posted Friday, May 13th, 2016
Gwanwyn Dance night at Dance House May 21

Gwanwyn Dance night at Dance House May 21

Gwanwyn’s 10th birthday celebrations continue this week with Aging Creatively at Theatr Brycheiniog on Tuesday May 17. There will be craft workshops and a visit from Men’s Sheds Cymru, plus a special screening of The Lady in the Van featuring an acclaimed performance from Maggie Smith.

May 19 – 20 finds Arts Care Gofal Celf at the Torch Theatre for a day of workshops, taster sessions and a chance to catch Re-Live Theatre’s brilliant new play Belonging.

Llion Williams and Clêr Stephens in Belonging

Llion Williams and Clêr Stephens in Re-Live Theatre’s Belonging

Belonging follows the fortunes of two families living with dementia and has opened to rave reviews in Cardiff last week. It will also be at the Lyric Theatre Carmarthen (May 17), before continuing its national tour. Critics are calling it ‘beautiful, both in the delicacy with which it tackles the subject and the strength of the performances‘ and ‘a damned good piece of theatre‘.

Gwanwyn Dance Night at Dance House May 21

Gwanwyn Dance Night at Dance House May 21

Saturday sees one of the events we’re most proud of – our first ever Gwanwyn Dance Night at Dance House in Cardiff. We’ve been working with older people’s dance groups for several years now and this special performance brings together long term Gwanwyn collaborators Rubicon Dance, Striking Attitudes and TAN Dance with the National Dance Company of Wales for an evening celebrating the passion and variety of older peoples’ dance in Wales.

Only Men Aloud

Only Men Aloud

We’re delighted to have Only Men Aloud perform a special matinee at the Coliseum in Aberdare on May 22. They’ll be bringing their powerful harmonies to a unique mix of styles, from pop to classical. Expect the unexpected: anything from show tunes to Welsh hymns! We spoke to Craig from Only Men Aloud last week and you can read his interview here (link).

Mountain Dulcimers at the Squirrels Nest

Mountain Dulcimers at the Squirrels Nest

Finally, there’s a very different kind of musical celebration going on at Squirrels Nest Men’s Shed in Bridgend on May 20. Following on from their Epic Award winning Pimp My Uke project they will be holding an open day to show off their latest enthusiasm, the Appalachian mountain dulcimer. There will be plenty of music, plus food and refreshments and the chance to find out how get involved.

Whether you’re into Shakespeare or crochet, bookbinding or African drumming, Gwanwyn offers something for everyone. Please take a look at our Gwanwyn events page for full listings of all the concerts, exhibitions and workshops still to come.

Posted Friday, May 13th, 2016

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Brit Award winners Only Men Aloud are joining Gwanwyn this year with a special matinee performance at Aberdare Coliseum on May 22. We caught up with the group’s baritone, Craig Yates, to find out his thoughts on aging creatively.

G: Why is it important to Only Men Aloud to be involved with Gwanwyn Festival?
CY: We are delighted to be performing at this year’s Gwanwyn Festival to help celebrate the 10th anniversary of the festival. Bringing live music and a live show into the heart of people’s communities is very important to us. We often hear that some people don’t like travelling far, and don’t like coming to see us in the evening, so our 5pm start should be perfect. The Festival does incredible things in celebrating the creativity in older age, and we are proud to have been asked to be part of it.

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G: What do you have planned for us?
CY: We have a typical Only Men Aloud concert planned for you. If you have not seen us before, this means a wide mix of styles and genres, all sung with our unique harmonies and strong voices. We will have hopefully something for everyone from Welsh hymns to classical music, to music theatre to popular music.

G: Gwanwyn is about celebrating creativity in older age. What do you think is the best way to stay creative as you get older?
CY: I think the best way to stay creative as you get older, is to keep doing what you love and enjoy, and keep giving yourself new experiences. Music is always a huge part of everyone’s life, and can be a great way to keep being creative. Come along and see us in Aberdare, and you’ll be singing along, tapping your feet, and even dancing in the aisles!

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G: We’re celebrating our tenth birthday this year, what are your ambitions for Only Men Aloud for the next ten years?
CY: We’d love to keep doing what we are doing, and keep getting better and better. We always have great ambitions of touring around the world, and showing the world the music Wales has to offer – so we hope we can do just that. As long as we are happy, healthy, and still enjoying what we are doing – that will do for me.

Only Men Aloud will be at the Coliseum Theatre Aberdare on May 22.

Posted Thursday, May 5th, 2016

2016 May Bulletin FINAL

Gwanwyn Festival’s May bulletin is packed with news and interviews from our 10th birthday celebrations.

2016 May Bulletin Cymraeg

2016 May Bulletin English

Inside:

– Gwanwyn veteran Dee Rivas tells us the secrets of what makes a great Gwanwyn event

– Rubicon Dance’s Kathryn Williams discusses our first ever Gwanwyn Dance Night on May 21 at Dance House in Cardiff

Emma van Woerkom shares details of her Sharing Stories project into literature and dementia taking place at Hay On Wye library

– We talk to Robert Visintainer of Men’s Sheds Cymru about winning a Voluntary Arts Epic Award for their Pimp My Uke project

– Go behind the scenes of Gwanwyn with Festival Coordinator Emma Robinson.

If there’s anything you would like to see us cover next time please contact us: gwanwyn@agecymru.co.uk / 029 2043 1555

Posted Friday, April 22nd, 2016

Gwanwyn is marking its 10th birthday by commissioning six Welsh artists to produce one-off works of art inspired by the quote ‘It’s good to look back, but it’s rude to stare’.

Two of the artists – Delyth Jenkins and Prue Thimbleby are from Swansea – While Deborah Winter is from West Wales

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Prue Thimbleby

Delyth and Deborah’s work will combine storytelling and music and explore the relationship between wisdom and insight of age and the creative process.

Prue’s will be an interactive mixture of autobiographic and traditional storytelling and rope making.

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Pauline Down

Pauline Down is from Cardiff and her work will be a vocal performance piece for 12 singers based on the thoughts of people who live in care homes.

Elizabeth Ashworth lives in Llanfairfechan and her work is a booklet of poetry and prose inspired by her experiences and those of other creative older people.

Llangadog-based Elizabeth Brickell is going to produce an art installation of cups and saucers of different sizes. It has been inspired by one of Elizabeth’s former students – an 83-year-old woman called Violet from Neath who liked to drink tea.

Says Emma Robinson, Age Cymru’s Gwanwyn festival coordinator:
“The Gwanwyn festival is celebrating its tenth birthday this year and we wanted to celebrate this special occasion by offering the opportunity for Welsh artists to create a piece of art to mark this important milestone in the festival’s history.
“I’m absolutely overjoyed to be able to work with such a talented group of people to produce such an exciting and diverse range of groundbreaking and thought-provoking projects.”

For all media enquiries, please contact Iwan Rhys Roberts, External Relations Manager – Age Cymru on 029 2043 1562, 07739 894 923, iwan.roberts@agecymru.org.uk

Posted Friday, April 22nd, 2016

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Ireland’s national celebration of creativity as we age, Bealtaine Festival, which also takes place in May, is celebrating an unbelievable 21 years of fantastic work this year.

We don’t mind admitting that Gwanwyn has drawn a lot of inspiration from Bealtaine and we would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone involved with the festival a very happy 21st birthday celebration. Have an amazing Bealtaine 2016 everyone!

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For more information, here’s a link to their website.

Posted Monday, April 4th, 2016

We’re thrilled and humbled to share the news that Men’s Sheds Cymru and Gwanwyn Festival won an Epic Award at Cardiff Castle on Saturday night for the project Pimp My Uke. There were so many great projects on the shortlist that we still can’t really take it in.

Welsh Epic Award Winners 2016

Welsh Epic Award Winners 2016

Gwanwyn Festival Coordinator Emma Robinson had this to say:

‘We’re delighted to share this award with our friends at Men’s Sheds Cymru, we’re so chuffed to have won. It was an inspirational evening and a real joy to share and meet with the other projects from across the UK and the Republic of Ireland. The Shedders are now taking the brave step from ukuleles to Appalachian Mountain Dulcimers (naturally!) and we’re working on a Men’s Shed version of an Eisteddofod for later this year. So watch this space!’

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To find out more about Men’s Sheds Cymru, or to make contact with a Men’s Sheds project near you please visit their website.

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More information about the 2016 Epic Awards including a list of winners

Finally we want to congratulate all the other nominee and winners of the 2016 Epic Awards, particularly our fellow Welsh winners, Strike a Chord and Black History Month Wales. Well done everyone! Stay in touch!

Posted Thursday, March 31st, 2016

Portrait Artist of the Year 2016 Flyer

Landscape Artist of the Year 2016 Flyer

Opportunity to win a £10,000 commission for the National Trust art collection and £500 or art materials from Cass Art.

Enter at www.skyartsartistoftheyear.tv

Posted Thursday, March 31st, 2016
Posted Saturday, March 12th, 2016

Age Cymru’s Gwanwyn Festival is celebrating its’ tenth birthday this year and we would like to celebrate this special occasion by offering the opportunity for Welsh artists (or artists based in Wales) to submit proposals to develop and create their own artistic work to be presented during Gwanwyn’s birthday year.

Gwanwyn 2016 Commissions

Posted Thursday, March 10th, 2016

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The Gwanwyn newsletter includes highlights from last year’s festival, features on Gwanwyn projects, interviews with our organisers and pictures and inspiration from the world of Gwanwyn.

Available in English and Welsh on the links below.

2016 March Newsletter CYMRAEG web

2016 March Newsletter ENG web

Posted Friday, February 26th, 2016
Posted Friday, February 26th, 2016

Gwanwyn veterans CAIN have shared this brilliant documentary about their work with choreographer Cai Tomos (pictured) at Galeri, Caernarfon.

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It’s a really substantial piece of work which looks at the story of this group of older dancers and the ways that the group has benefited their lives. We’re really proud of them and we hope you enjoy finding out about their work.


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Posted Friday, February 26th, 2016

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National Theatre Wales are on the lookout for Male & Female Singers aged 70+ to join the Chorus on their new show “Before I Leave”.

“Before I Leave” is a funny, moving & uplifting production written by Tredegar-born poet and playwright Patrick Jones featuring versions of songs made famous by the likes of Tom Jones, Johnny Cash, Gerry & the Pacemakers and more. The play will also feature brand new songs written for the show by internationally famous Blackwood band, Manic Street Preachers.

The play is a joint production between National Theatre Wales and Wales Millennium Centre, presented as part of the Festival of the Voice and will play at The Sherman Theatre, Cardiff.

Directed by Matthew Dunster, Before I Leave tells the story of a choir of Men and Women living with dementia and the incredible bonding power of music. It will feature a Chorus of singers on stage performing key songs alongside our cast of professional actors.

You don’t need to have acting experience to take part, just a love of singing, a good voice and the ability to learn harmonies. If you can read music too, that would be great, but not essential.

If you have a curiosity to try new things, meet new people, sing some wonderful songs and have fun as part of the creative team bringing a brand new piece of life affirming Theatre to life, then they’d love to hear from you.

The commitment will include these key dates:

Initial Meeting – Mid March (Exact Date & Time tbc).

From w/c 28th March – One rehearsal per week (Times & days tbc).

From w/c 25th April – Two rehearsals per week(Times & days tbc).

23rd – 26th May – Evenings (Tech & Dress rehearsals).

27th May – 11th June (excluding Sundays) – Performances.

There will also be Matinee performances on 9th & 11th June.

All times tbc.

This is a voluntary opportunity to participate in a National Theatre Wales production though we will meet reasonable out of pocket expenses.

We appreciate that joining our Chorus will take some time commitment, especially during the run of the show. Please bear in mind that the show rehearses and plays in Cardiff, so this opportunity may be most suited to people who live in the Cardiff area.

It promises to be a lot of fun & a great opportunity to perform onstage in a major theatrical production.

Please get in touch if you’d like to be involved, or if you have any questions:

Tel: 07572 893 053

Email: bentinniswood@nationaltheatrewales.org

Posted Friday, February 26th, 2016

A weekend to try something, make something – Get Creative!

‘On 1-3 April 2016 BBC Cymru Wales, Arts Council of Wales and What Next? are teaming up for a bumper weekend to celebrate the nation’s creativity – and we’re inviting you to join in.

‘We’re shining a light on Wales as a place where we take part in arts and culture and love to get creative.

‘We’re asking arts organisations, community groups and societies or all shapes and sizes to invite others take part in a creative experience. It could involve making music, dance, film or photography. Creating with words, paint or digitally. Maybe just generally getting crafty! Whether it’s your usual activity or something specially planned, let us know what you’re up to. http://getcreative.wales

‘Want to try a new creative experience? Want to find out how you can take part? Our interactive site will go live soon where you can see all the events that are happening near you across the weekend’

Posted Friday, February 12th, 2016

cARTrefu, which means to reside in Welsh, is a two year programme run by Gwanwyn which aims to improve access to quality arts experiences for older people in residential care.

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We have recruited 16 artists working in different fields to each deliver 8 x 8 week residencies at care homes across Wales. The programme has been a massive success so far and we hope that it will foster a greater appreciation of the arts among care home staff as they work with our artists. We want care home staff to acquire new skills and gain more confidence in sharing and practicing them in their daily work with residents

You can find out more about this fantastic project via cARTrefu’s newsletter, which you can download from Age Cymru’s website here: bit.ly/1LkIn3o

Posted Sunday, January 17th, 2016
Posted Monday, December 14th, 2015

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from everyone at Gwanwyn!

2015 has been an amazing year for us and we’re grateful to everybody who contributed to Gwanwyn over the last year, all the organisers, venues, audiences, performers, artists, workshop attendees and gee whiz, just everyone.  You’ve all been great.  Thanks so much for all the hard work and imagination you’ve put in.  We’re totally in awe of every single one of you.

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The Gwanwyn elves (pictured) are currently planning and scheming for next year’s Gwanwyn and we’re looking forward to making some very exciting announcements over the coming weeks.  2016 will be our tenth birthday, so we’re promising something extra special.  We’ve had a record number of applications for the community grant scheme and there’s an incredible buzz starting to build.

Whatever you’ve got planned for the next couple of weeks we’d like to wish you all the best and we’ll see you next year!

Posted Monday, November 23rd, 2015
Posted Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Young Critics and 3rd Act critics are working in partnership with Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales (ACNMW) on a new free project focusing on the quality and standards of exhibitions and programming at their sites across Wales.

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ACNMW are keen to generate feedback and data from interested visitors regarding what makes a good exhibition and programme.  The project aims to make the work of museums more accessible to the general public and increase the reach of culture and heritage.  The project may also focus on Cadw sites and local museums and galleries.

The project is expected to last for 6 months initially, before being reviewed, and participants will be expected to commit to the lifetime of the project.  Staff at National Museum Wales will provide training and workshops, and exclusive expert guidance on their roles.  All participants will be supported in critical response methods and use of digital technologies to develop critical thinking skills.

The first workshop will take place on Saturday the 5th of December 10-1pm at National Museum Cardiff, Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3NP.

If you aged between 12-25 or 50+ and would like to be involved please contact project coordinator Guy O’Donnell on odonnell.guy@gmail.com

https://theyoungcritics.wordpress.com/2015/11/14/exciting-new-project-with-young-critics3rd-act-critics-and-amgueddfa-cymru-national-museum-wales/

http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/

Posted Friday, November 13th, 2015

Ffilm Cymru Wales is a public funder dedicated to supporting the film sector in Wales and improving access to film and its benefits for the public of Wales.

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To help them decide how best to support the future of how you experience movies in Wales they would like to know about how you watch films, where you watch them, and the types of films you enjoy.

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More information, and the survey itself, can be found on the Arts Council of Wales web site.

http://www.artswales.org.uk/94121

Posted Friday, November 6th, 2015

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From singing to knitting, amateur dramatics to painting, over 60,000 groups across the UK and Republic of Ireland provide regular opportunities for creative cultural activity.

The Epic Awards celebrate their achievements.

Could your group be an Epic Award winner? Nominations are now open!

ttp://epicawards.co.uk/

Posted Sunday, October 25th, 2015

“It’s good to grow older because…”

WALES’ amateur photographers are invited to take part in an exciting ‘age positive’ charity competition.

Age Cymru is asking photographers young and old to capture the theme ‘it’s good to grow older because…’ with the chance of winning £100 in high street vouchers.

“Grab that camera or phone and send us a picture you’ve taken capturing why you believe it’s good to grow older in Wales,” said Sarah Price, Age Cymru’s Engagement Support Coordinator.

“Our ‘age positive’ message celebrates the contribution older people have made and continue to make to our communities.

“We’re asking entrants to complete the line ‘It’s good to grow older because…’ when they send in their photo.

“We’re hoping for some fun and original images of ageing, which will challenge some of the stereotypes of growing older!

“There’s a separate category for under 16s and we’d love to see lots of entries from young people– so whether you’re a keen amateur photographer or simply enjoy taking snaps on your phone – join in!

‘Who said I’m too old?’ by Meirwen Jones and ‘Family Traditions’ by Joel Dixon were last year’s winning entries.

Could you be the next Age Cymru photography competition winner? Submit your ‘age positive’ images by midnight on Friday 6 November 2015.

To enter simply visit www.agecymru.org.uk/agepositive to download an entry form or email agepositive@agecymru.org.uk or call 029 2043 1555.

Posted Friday, October 16th, 2015

Each May Gwanwyn’s Community Grants Scheme enables community groups and arts organisations across Wales the chance to provide arts experiences for older people.  Every kind of artistic activity you can imagine takes place in just about every kind of venue you can imagine, from the Wales Millennium Centre to the garden shed.

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Grants can be anything up to £500 and we are keen to include as many different kinds of community organisations as possible.  2016 will be a special year for Gwanwyn as we celebrate our 10th birthday, so we want to get as many applications as possible.

You can find out more here:

http://gwanwyn.org.uk/cyllid-funding/

Applications close on 9th December 2015 and we will be notifying successful applicants from early January.

Posted Friday, October 2nd, 2015
Posted Friday, September 25th, 2015

Are you an older actor?  A former actor?  With a good voice?  Can you do characters … voices … accents?  The Readers Theatre of Wales is a new amateur company, based in Cardiff, that is looking for actors who would like to take part in a short comedy play in the Readers Theatre format for distribution via internet radio and YouTube video. Would you like to know more?  Would you like to help?

If you are not familiar with Readers Theatre please visit www.readerstheatreofwales.com to find the answers to some of your questions and then send an email to readerstheatreofwales@gmail.com to tell us you are interested. We will send you more details about the production and invite you to a readers theatre introduction event in the coming weeks.  Writers too…if you are interested in writing for this format we’d like to hear from you too.

This will be a ‘JFF’ production … that’s ‘just for fun’ … you won’t be paid and won’t be asked for money.

We hope to hear from you.

Posted Friday, September 25th, 2015

 

Age Positive Week is Age Cymru’s annual celebration of all that’s positive about ageing.  This year it will take place from Sunday 27 September to Sunday 4 October 2015 and, as before, will coincide with the UN International Day of Older Persons on 1 October.

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Age Cymru held the first ever Age Positive Week last year and we were delighted by its success. Age Positive events were held across the country and more than 60 different activities were registered, from boules and indoor golf to creative writing sessions, film screenings, tea afternoons and open days. These, combined with events organised by Age Cymru, led to a fantastic celebration of ageing enjoyed by hundreds of people across Wales.

Join in the fun web

Have a look at the events registered so far, including events organised by Age Cymru.

http://www.ageuk.org.uk/cymru/get-involved/age-positive-week1/age-positive-week-events/

Keep a look out too for our sponsorship of programmes on S4C during the Week!

If you’re already holding an event next week – whether it’s a coffee morning or exercise session, a forum meeting or weekly bingo – then you can simply badge your get together as Age Positive.  For more information about Age Positive Week and how you can get involved please visit Age Cymru’s website:

http://www.ageuk.org.uk/cymru/get-involved/age-positive-week1/

Tell us about it!  We’d love to know what you’re planning, so please let us know about your event via Facebook or Twitter.

https://www.facebook.com/gwanwyn.wales

@GwanwynAgeCymru

Posted Friday, August 28th, 2015

GWANWYN IS 10 YEARS OLD NEXT YEAR! Help to shape arts events for and with older people by answering a few short questions and be entered into a prize draw for free theatre tickets!

You can help us shape the future of Gwanwyn. We have a few questions that will help us to understand what you like about the arts and how you want to get involved in the future.

Your input will help develop the festival, and by taking part you will be automatically entered into our prize draw for two free tickets to an event at Sherman Cymru or Galeri, Caernarfon!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1xHQt9__fjByuPoY15Qi1WwE-HJKr9R83QT00VG6JT_4/viewform?usp=send_form

Posted Friday, August 14th, 2015
Posted Friday, August 14th, 2015

‘NOW – an exploration of the present with a chosen one’ invites couples who are living with dementia to explore the ‘here and now’.

The relationship could be a new friendship, or with your partner/husband/wife, carer, children or grandchildren.

This experience will allow you to find out what you enjoy about being with this person, how the relationship has formed and developed, to how it has affected you and how it is right now.

Clare Parry-Jones and Denni Dennis will spend up to 5 sessions with you, giving you the chance to enjoy the beauty and humour within your relationship.

Clare and Denni are artists based in South Wales, working locally and internationally, with community groups, arts in health, theatre, cabaret and circus.

Couples can express how they feel through word, music, movement, performance or visually through photography or film.

Clare is a trained Dramatherapist who has performed in care homes in Powys and both artists have taken part in dementia awareness training.

If you would like to get involved in this exciting new experience, please contact Emma Robinson at emma.robinson@agecymru.org.uk or call 029 2043 1540.

Posted Friday, August 7th, 2015

Over 50’s in Denbighshire were given a fun and therapeutic introduction to mindfulness meditation as part of this year’s Gwanwyn Festival at Canolfan Ni, in Corwen.

Corwen is a small, rural community and it is easy for older people there to become isolated. But staff at Canolfan Ni work hard to show how art can be used as a tool for better health and wellbeing.

A Community Grant from Gwanwyn enabled thirty people to attend two workshops of drawing and meditation. Participants worked in sociable groups on zendoodle activities designed to relax them and free up their creative minds. They also had the opportunity to display their work after the session.

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Everyone felt encouraged to expand their mind and enjoy a good laugh with each other. For many of the participants it was their first experience of mindfulness, and some of them were encouraged to find out more about how it could increase their creativity and wellbeing.

You can view some photos of the event on our Facebook page.

Posted Thursday, August 6th, 2015

Red Cafe Community Project is a youth and community co-op in the Mumbles. They’ve been working with Gwanwyn for a few years now, and this year their Community Grant took them to Swansea’s Quadrant Shopping Centre to raise awareness about dementia.

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As well as dance and music workshops from festival favourites Tan Dance, there were ballroom dancing taster sessions and a performance by the Musical Memories Choir.

Hundreds of shoppers witnessed the event and it was an important opportunity to show people how creativity could be an important part of living well with dementia.

It also strengthened ties between several organisations who work with people with dementia who were able to share information and build important new relationships.

Those taking part also included the Alzheimer’s Society, Age Cymru, YMCA, Community Connections, Swansea Museum, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea Carers Centre, Gower College, Gwalia and Forget Me Not Clubs.

Red Cafe kindly sent us some photos you can view on our Facebook page.

Posted Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

An important part of the Gwanwyn Festival each year is the Community Grant Scheme Project which enables small community groups to put on art events to promote creativity in older age.  Carrog Craft Club in Denbighshire were able to apply for a grant to put on a creative writing and art workshop.

The work combined print making with creative writing about people and places dear to the craft club members.  They looked at medieval illuminated manuscripts like the White Book of Rhydderch and the Book of Kells for inspiration, and their colourful work was displayed in Carrog Village Hall for everyone to enjoy.

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The members had a great day and made lively art works which evoked loved ones and memories that were clearly very important to them.  The session was delivered bilingually and the group invited residents from Glyndyfrdwy, Corwen and Bryneglwys for this special event.

Carrog Craft Club have sent us some lovely photos which you can view by following the link to our Facebook page.

Posted Friday, May 29th, 2015

It’s hard to believe that Gwanwyn 2015 officially ends this weekend. There are a few events still to go, but we wanted to thank all the artists, musicians, writers, dancers, poets, actors, crafters, knitters, singers, photographers, organisers, volunteers, participants, workshoppers and audiences across Wales who combined to make this year’s festival one of the best and most memorable yet! Three cheers for all of you!

Don’t forget to share any photos with us on Facebook. The ones we’ve seen so far are really amazing and it’s nice see our organisers sharing experiences with each other.

We’re already hard at work on 2016’s festival, so keep an eye out for news and announcements. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter or follow this link to sign up for our mailing list to keep abreast of funding deadlines and special projects.

Posted Monday, May 11th, 2015

A UNIQUE food-themed performance by a choir made up of people living with dementia and their families is taking place at Caerphilly Castle on 14 May.

The Forget-me-Not Chorus’s appearance in the castle’s banqueting hall is part of a Wales-wide arts festival for older people, called the Gwanwyn Festival.

Singing waiters from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama feature as special guests.

Kate Woolveridge – the accomplished mezzo-soprano and vocal animateur, who leads the chorus, says:

“The Forget-me-Not Chorus supports people with dementia and their families through weekly singing and creative workshops.

“We aim to empower both people with dementia and their families to use their voice in song to express themselves and to use the power of music to provide an escape from the everyday caring routine.

“We’re all really looking forward to this concert at Caerphilly Castle which promises to be a highlight in the choir’s history and a positive experience for us all of being together.”

This is the first time the Forget-me-Not Chorus has been on the festival’s bill, as Emma Robinson, Gwanwyn’s Coordinator says:

“I’m very excited that Gwanwyn Festival and the Forget-me-Not Chorus are finally working together.

“It is a privilege to have such an ambitious and pioneering organisation that shares similar aims and ambitions as the Gwanwyn Festival on this year’s bill.

“Art – in any shape of form that meets our own individual tastes, is something that we should be able to enjoy, appreciate and take part in at any stage of life.

“This performance promises to be one that will make quite an impact on everyone who experiences it –ether by taking part in it or as a spectator, and I can’t wait to see it served up on 14 May.”

Posted Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

Lovely interview with Peggy Seeger today in Wales Online about her forthcoming performance this Saturday at Attitude Festival in Merthyr.

Posted Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

Fancy using your knitting skills to create music?

We’re looking for five experienced knitters (you need to have the ability to look up from your work to follow conducted instructions) to join the performance of ‘Killing Time’ at Wales Millennium Centre on Saturday 16 May, led by contemporary composer Jobina Tinnemans

You will continue knitting on long white knitted ‘scores’ which were started by the knitting performers in New York.

You will need to be available for rehearsals in the morning (10 – 11am) and the performance on the Glanfa stage in the afternoon (3pm).

Jobina will also be delivering a workshop at 11:30 for up to 10 knitters and these events are part of a packed programme of Gwanwyn activity throughout the Centre.

If you would like to join Jobina and knit for the performance please contact us!

www.jobinatinnemans.com

www.wmc.org.uk/takepart/gwanwyn