Creative Ageing and the City: Symposium Report

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Our Creative Ageing and the City Symposium (co-produced with the Albany) provided a unique opportunity to reflect on the opportunities afforded by sustained arts and cultural practice in making our cities age-friendly and dynamic.

2019 – 2020 has witnessed a pivotal moment for the creative ageing movement in the UK.  Manchester Museum has launched a new sector support body for the creative ageing field, which aims to develop the legacy of the Baring Foundation’s ten-year investment in the sector. Baring Foundation’s recently published report Older and wiser has illustrated the powerful impact of creative work on the health and wellbeing of older people. Arts Council England has launched its new 10-year strategy Let’s Create which has an emphasis on greater inclusion and participation for all.  The Ageing Well: Creative Ageing and the City Symposium stood at the crossroads drawing on the experiences of three cities, looking back and looking forward.

The symposium was supported by the Mayor of London’s Cultural Team and bought together contributors from London, Manchester and Tokyo.

Read the Report as a PDF

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