Brighton’s very own festival for older people will bring fun, food and Facebook tutorials to the city in the coming weeks. Full of trendy cocktail spots, dance clubs, contemporary art, home to two Universities and five colleges, it is easy to forget that Brighton is not just a vibrant city for the younger generation. Despite this, Brighton’s Older People’s Festival is making a triumphant return this month! Returning after its previous success, celebrating the older generation of residents who share this space.
Between 25th September and 8th October, OPF will host a range of ticketed and free events. Ranging from smartphone workshops, to sporting activities, even a 50+ Soul Night at the Hop, there is plenty to get involved in! The event comes about as part of honouring International Older People’s Day, held on 1st October annually.
Last year the festival held over 100 events in a two week period. Organisers this year, say they hope the festival will be bigger and better. “Co-ordinating even more events with more variation and interest.” The demand for older people to be recognised in the city is high. More importantly, the stigma of age is an issue that needs to be addressed. Volunteering, maintenance and services to the city undertaken by over 50’s is often overlooked.
As part of the OPF Rejuvenation Project 2017, photographer Maria Scard shed light on the opportunities available post retirement. The exhibition proves that no matter how old you are, it is possible to get involved in all areas of city life. As the UN predicts that “by 2030, the number of people over 60 will exceed that of young people aged 15 -24”. Therefore, it is more important than ever to accept and enjoy the presence of older people in the community.
To see how you can get involved in the festival, see the full list of events and dates here.