Capital Age Festival is London's Senior arts festival. The festival showcases, creates and commissions work that celebrates the creativity of older Londoners.
We have a 3 year vision which began in 2013 with Celebrating Older Women and Creativity.
2014 - Older Men and expression.
2015 - Relationships and Passion!!
CAF 2013 LAUNCH EVENT
Capital Age Festival 2013 launched in Style at the Stadium Suite John Lewis, Stratford, over 100 older people, practitioners and arts organisations attended the event at this wonderful venue over looking the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. We were honoured to be joined by Victoria Borwick, the Deputy Mayor.
Thank you to all those who came and supported the festival and a special thank you to those who performed; Counter Point Dance, Sage Dance Company and Robin Dixon who read the poetry of John Northeast.
The Capital Connectors are a new group of older Londoners who volunteer with the Capital Age Festival. Their aim is to share information and connect older Londoners with new opportunities. The Capital Connectors ran an open workshop at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank as part of CAF 2013, where participants got involved in arts and crafts. We want to start thinking about ideas for CAF 2014 ‘Celebrating Older Men and Expression’ and are looking for older men who are interested in becoming Capital Connectors.
If you are interested in finding out more please contact us.
SUMMER SWING DANCE
Hundreds of you joined us for our Summer Swing Dance at the Clore Ballroom, Southbank Centre for a fabulous afternoon of Swing Dance hosted by Swing Patrol and the London Gay Big Band.
Thank you to Shape Arts and all those volunteers who helped to make the afternoon run so smoothly. One participant commented ‘I’ve had the time of my life!’
We learned new dances from the Swing era and had a wonderful display by the Swing Patrol dancers. The London Gay Big Band were exceptional, an older male participant commented; ‘the best big band I’ve heard for years.’
Here are some images from this year's festival
CAF launch 2013
CAF launch 2013
The London Gay Big Band
Summer Swing Dance
Sage Dance Company
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Sofia turns 100
I went with a group of my friends from The Morley Centre, and we were joined by two residents from George Mason Lodge, to see this film.
As the credits rolled I watched intently and found that it was about a lady who exuded enormous power that made me sit up! Sofia showed an inner strength and determination to hold on to her faculties, and made it clear that she could make her own decisions regarding her daily routine.
Her son was trying to tell her how to arrange her day to day programme for her requirements, suggesting how things should be done. Sofia stated that she wanted to make her own decisions, and not be dictated to. I thought this was a very powerful message for us in our twilight years.
I was astounded at my own feelings about my life in the future, and felt inspired with the courage it gave me. Up to that moment I had never given much thought to such an important requirement for myself. I now have the courage to look forward to another phase in my life without fear.
For myself, Sofia has encouraged me to set a good example where health is concerned, and not to be afraid of advancing years but to look forward to a brighter future with some light exercise, proper eating habits and another very important requirement – a very good sense of humour (Laugh, and the world laughs with you!)
Sofia is an inspiring woman with the courage to remain independent, enjoying life, full of enthusiasm and with the love and support of all her family.
So, a massive Thank You to Sofia – you should be our saint. With good wishes – Pamela Naik.
Capital Age Festival 2014
Older Men and Expression
We are now seeking ideas for next year’s festival if you are an older male artist or belong to an older people’s arts group or company and have an idea for next year please contact us.