Age Against The Machine Festival of Creative Ageing

Three smiling people standing in front of a pink wall looking at something on an iphone.

Photo Credit: Roswitha Chesher

Age Against the Machine Festival of Creative Ageing

13 September – 6 October, 2019

Age Against the Machine is the London Borough of Lewisham’s Festival of Creative Ageing, winner of a Cultural Impact Award as part of the Mayor’s London Borough of Culture initiative. This ground-breaking arts festival will explore the ways creativity can promote positive ageing, and make a fundamental impact on quality of life. It celebrates older people as artists and investigates issues that affect all of us across age and social barriers. The Albany and Entelechy Arts are the festival’s lead producers, building on their pioneering work and the extraordinary achievements of Lewisham organisations in the field of creative ageing in recent years.

Some of our events are highlighted below…

Age Against The Machine Festival Brochure

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Photo credit: Roswitha Chesher

The Home will be a radical, immersive and durational work, created by multi-award-winning artist Christopher Green.  It is set in a care home over 48 hours. It features a cast made up of elder participants who are emerging as performers, professional actors of all ages, and a support team of experts, activists and communicators in the field of ageing and residential care and blurs the lines between theatre and audience. The Home will explore how we support and care for our older people and how we can reinvent practices to have a radical impact on quality of life.

10 people scattered on stage facing forwards with their right hands pointing to the right, as if dancing to night fever. Lighting is bluish purple. Projection of the same in the background.

Photo Credit: Roswitha Chesher

21st Century Tea Dance

Entelechy Arts’ Tea Dance team takes the conventional form of the tea dance and brings it kicking and screaming into the 21st century. Join Ida Barr as she hosts an unmissable afternoon of song, dance, theatre, tea and cake all served up with live music from Jive Five.

Before the rhythm takes you, you can also join a performative procession from Deptford High Street to the Albany. Meet Me… members, Celebrating Age and Lewisham Homes residents, artists, volunteers and friends, will take part as we mark the homecoming of the Meet Me on Tour exhibition and open the 21st Century Tea Dance.

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Photo Credit: Roswitha Chesher

Outdoor Performance Trail

A trail of out outdoor events (September 28) includes international collaboration Bed and Upswing’s Catch Me. Bringing together performers from the Saitama Gold Theatre in Japan and Entelechy Arts, Bed will pop up in public places where older people seemingly abandoned in beds will share hidden stories of the isolated old.   Catch Me is an energetic mix of dance and circus where an older woman and younger man balance, climb and jump across a stack of chairs.

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