During October 2022, Storyhouse hosted Elders Festival – 12 days of events at their event in Chester to celebrate ageing creatively. The festival included special intergenerational events with children, live music, theatre performances, discos, storytelling and a marketplace, plus a chance to get involved with creative workshops, art sessions and more.
For the festival, Storyhouse worked with Cheshire Dance to bring our art form into the event. On 13th October, a selection of our over 50s dance groups from across the region came coming together for the first time to share, devise and dance as a celebration of ageing creatively.
Storyhouse Elders explores and challenges the societal perceptions of age and ageing and the impact of creating and experiencing art in later life.
Storyhouse believes everyone is an artist and it is never too late to try something new, to return to a creative passion or to experience and celebrate the work of older artists. As a society we have much to learn from the older members of our community and creativity is the perfect vehicle to share and connect. Cheshire Dance shares this view and was delighted to partner with Storyhouse to bring dance to the community event.
Storyhouse is one of the UK’s foremost cultural charities, its home in Chester incorporates a library, theatres and a cinema.