West Wales artists leading the National Creative Festival for the Elderly


Age Cymru launched its annual creative festival for the elderly across the country with a number of artists from West Wales in the lead.

Ephemeral Art in the Woods will showcase their wood-inspired arts and crafts online every Wednesday throughout May at the local Penrhyncoch cafe near Borth, Ceredigion.

Coed Tylwyth / Kindred Spirits will feature Carmarthen-based artist Clare Ferguson – Walker, who will focus on bonding with family and friends through the use of poetry and clay. The online sessions will take place on May 21 and 28.

Run Away with the Circus will use aerial circus skills to create artistic performances. They will also show people of all physical abilities how they can try out some of the circus skills while having their feet firmly planted on the ground! The event will take place at Studio 17 in Whitland, Carmarthenshire on May 29.

Fishguard Story Telling will be a fun workshop led by professional storyteller Deb Winter. The event will take place outdoors in the village of St Nicholas, Pembrokeshire on June 16th – weather permitting!

Gwanwyn, the Welsh word for spring, is the name of the month-long festival celebrating the creativity of the elderly and showcasing our ability to renew, grow and create. The festival offers older people the opportunity to get involved in artistic and creative activities as practitioners, organizers or members of the public. Gwanwyn also helps seniors recognize the benefits creativity can bring to their health and well-being.

Age Cymru CEO Victoria Lloyd said: “After the disappointment of having to cancel Gwanwyn in 2020, we are delighted to see him again for 2021 with fantastic opportunities for seniors to get involved in the West Wales. Despite the limits imposed by the pandemic, this year’s activities are more impressive than ever.

For more details on the events, please visit the Gwanwyn website: www.gwanwyn.org.uk/events/

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