The Creative Aging Festival is back at the Rotary Centre for the Arts for its 5th year. We’re excited to offer free workshops and performances in this 3-day festival, designed for individuals 55+ to help embrace the incredible journey of creative aging. The arts have a profound impact on one’s physical and mental well-being, especially as we age. From June 21 – 23, we invite you, your elders, loved ones, friends, and community members, to embark on an inspiring and joy-filled adventure, exploring a variety of workshops that celebrate movement, self-expression, and the boundless possibilities of artistic exploration.
"We are delighted to bring back the Creative Aging Festival this year” says Colleen Fitzpatrick, Executive Director of the RCA. “Artistic programs play a crucial role in enhancing the well-being, quality of life, and overall satisfaction of older adults through social engagement, as well as physical and mental health benefits. Our ultimate goal is to improve accessibility to the arts for this important demographic."
The goal of the RCA Creative Aging Festival is to create an opportunity for older adults to participate in meaningful artistic experiences and form a sense of community. By raising awareness about the benefits older adults experience through their involvement in the arts, we can create more participation from our communities seniors in a diverse array of public programs.
Attendees can indulge in three days filled with fun activities, including opportunities to move their bodies, acquire fresh knowledge, enjoy teatime gatherings, experience a Community Movement Project led by one of Canada’s most revered dancers, Claudia Moore, and a captivating performance from Older and Reckless in the renowned Mary Irwin Theatre. You won’t want to miss this breathtaking performance by talented artists, including Davida Monk (Contemporary Dance), Rosario Ancer (Flamenco Dance), Danny Nielsen (Tap Dance), Sean Ling-Allen (Contemporary Dance), and Randi Gardypie (Traditional Indigenous Jingle Dance).
In our 6 different dance workshops, you’ll have the chance to move like no one is watching. Laugh, move your body, and connect with others through Circus Yoga with Anita McFarlane, or explore the benefits of ballet in a class specifically designed for beginners in Adult Beginner Ballet with Joanna Lige, rehearsal director for Ballet Kelowna. From Energy Fitness to Salsa Dance, there will be a dance workshop for everyone. Polish up on an old skill or learn something new!
As the countdown begins to the Creative Aging Festival, the Rotary Centre for the Arts invites individuals of all ages to join in this celebration of creativity, connection, and lifelong learning. Together, let’s embrace the transformative power of the arts and create an inclusive and vibrant community for all.
The RCA Creative Aging Festival is FREE, with RSVP recommended. RSVP and learn more at: https://rotarycentreforthearts.com/creative-aging-festival/