Creative Age Festival 2015

We are busy with preparations for the Creative Age Festival happening June 4-6 at the North Edmonton Seniors Association and Timms Centre for the Arts.

The Creative Age Festival features performances by seniors and intergenerational artists as well as workshops in a variety of art forms. This year’s festival will have 8 workshops to choose from in music, theatre, creative writing, dance and much more.

Here is a sneak peak at some of the workshops being offered June 4-6…

1) Musical Improv with Grindstone Theatre

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Grindstone Theatre was formed in 2011 by Artistic Director, Byron Martin, to create new late night content at the Varscona Theatre. Grindstone’s flagship show, The 11 O’clock Number! is currently in it’s third season and it continues to attract attention for its unique form of musical comedy entertainment. Aside from it’s weekly show, The 11 O’clock Number! has performed for The Liberal Party of Canada, Fountain Tire/United Way, Edmonton Potterwatch, HSBC, Edmonton Children’s Dance Theatre and many other corporate events. The show has also toured festivals across western Canada and to New York City.

2) Memoir Writing with Shirley Serviss

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Shirley A. Serviss is a long-time participant in Edmonton’s literary scene as a writer and writing instructor. She has published three collections of poetry and co-edited two anthologies. Her poetry and personal essays have appeared in numerous literary magazines and collections. In addition to teaching at MacEwan University and the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Extension, she has taught at numerous seniors’ centers and for the Edmonton Lifelong Learning Association (ELLA). Shirley also works part-time as the staff literary Artist on the Wards for the Friends of University Hospitals.

3) Performance Storytelling with GeriActors & Friends 

Photo by Eric Kozakiewicz
Photo by Eric Kozakiewicz

The GeriActors & Friends are based at SAGE (Seniors Association of Greater Edmonton) and supported by the Drama Department and Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta.  They perform to the general public, seniors and caregivers. The ‘Friends’ are students and alumni from the University of Alberta. The GeriActors Outreach Program includes workshops for seniors in Comedy Improvisation, Performance Storytelling, Acting, and Creative Movement. They also help to produce the Creative Age Festival and Under One Sky, a theatre project with multicultural immigrant seniors. They believe in the principle of ‘creative aging’, in which seniors become engaged in artistic activity at a level of comparative mastery. This leads to effective artistic expression, a developing sense of community, social and civic engagement, and an overall increase in health and well-being.

Registration opens May 1 – keep your eyes peeled for more information about the Creative Age Festival 2015.

See you at the festival!!!

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