Friday 20th September – Sunday 6th October
The 50+ Festival is fun and full of activities, sociable and serious. It comes round once a year to remind us all that growing older is a time to make the most of what we have and a time to bridge the generations bearing in mind that we’re all heading in the same direction.
The annual York 50+ Festival has been offering a wide diversity of events for the past 14 years. Started by Sue Lister in 2005 under the umbrella of the York Older People’s Assembly the 15th year will bring information about 202 individual opportunities to taste the variety of activities being offered year-round in this city – an amazing effort by the small volunteer Festival Team and the many individual event organisers.
The main aim is to reach out between the generations and make sure that no one is left out. This means that those that have the ability to get hold of a programme from the local library or community centre or find it online at www.yorkassembly.org.uk/y1/festival, could if they were willing, take it to someone who can’t get out and about and chat about events of interest. Perhaps they could talk about transport and how to get there; perhaps they could even consider going with them and sharing a new experience?
50+ festivals are happening all over the country to celebrate 1st October, the International Day of Older People. Older people’s skills and knowledge are being highlighted. They are working with and for younger people and younger people are working with them to the benefit of all. With people living longer, this is a vital part of keeping our communities vibrant and united.
There are well over 100 activities where you can get your racquets out, your football boots on, your hockey sticks out, your tap or ballet shoes on, your swimsuits on or your mats out for yoga or Pilates. Not to mention bikes, walking and running shoes, and perhaps bring your bagpipes to Scottish Country Dancing (but check with the organiser first!).
There are talks on volcanoes and witchcraft, the Tuke Family and Tibet. Open days include the Red Tower, Bridge Club, Men’s Shed and St Nick’s. If there isn’t something to tickle your fancy, perhaps you could organise an event next year?
All the details and people to contact are in the Festival Programme which is now at libraries, community centres and outlets all around the city. Most of the events happen weekly or monthly, so keeping the programme to hand will enable people to join at any time using the name of the organiser and event contact details.
Enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those not on the web and who cannot get out and about, Trisha is at the YOPA office on Monday and Thursday mornings 01904 202293 and can send you a copy of the programme.