Art-felt attitude to ageing

The Mid North Coast Creative Ageing Festival is an innovative annual event promoting the importance of engaging in the arts and creative activities to foster good health and wellbeing as people age.

The Fourth Mid North Coast Festival began across the region on February 10 and will continue through to the 28th.

Arts Mid North Coast executive director Kevin Williams said the events on the program included exhibitions, workshops, film screenings, performance and literature.

Still to come is a performance by the Wednesday Morning Group - consisting mostly of spritely seniors - from 6pm at the South West Roxy Cinema on February 21.

The Port Macquarie museum is hosting Out Of Frame, featuring artworks by Manning Support Service clients, Port Macquarie U3A textile and fibre artists and Port Macquarie U3A acrylic artists. Entry is free for all seniors.

The festival has been inspired by the creative ageing festivals in Ireland, Wales and Scotland and is being promoted during the NSW Seniors Festival.

It is designed to provide something for all tastes no matter which region you're in.

For details on all of the other activities during the festival, head to


Special mention

The Mid North Coast Creative Ageing Festival has been recognised in a book published by London's Baring Foundation, an independent group looking to advance human rights and promote inclusion for older people.

The book, Around the World in 80 Creative Ageing Projects, showcases 80 projects around the world, offering all forms of creative arts activities for older people from Europe and Asia through to the US, Australia and New Zealand.

The local festival is one of only six Australian projects mentioned in the book, a fact not lost on Kevin Williams.

"To be showcased along with projects from major bodies such as the Sydney Museum of Contemporary Art and the Queensland Ballet highlights how community-based programs can still make a major contribution to innovation in creative ageing," Kevin enthused.


The Wednesday Morning Group (Kempsey).
The Wednesday Morning Group (Kempsey).



The book can be found online at https://artsmid north