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Kelowna will have a festival designed for individuals 55 and up in June

The Rotary Centre for the Arts will host a free community festival designed for individuals aged 55 and up later this month.

Those who cherish the enriching interactions with older members in the community are also invited to attend the Creative Aging Festival, which will be held from June 21 to 23.

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"We are delighted to bring back the Creative Aging Festival this year,” says Colleen Fitzpatrick, the executive director of the RCA.

“Artistic programs play a crucial role in enhancing the well-being, quality of life and overall satisfaction of older adults through social engagement, as well as physical and mental health benefits."

With a lineup of free, interactive events, the festival aims to shine a spotlight on the positive impact the arts have on the aging process, while highlighting the talents of senior artists.

The festival's core objectives include fostering greater participation of older adults in the community's diverse public programs, raising public awareness about the benefits that older adults experience through their involvement in the arts, and disseminating information about existing arts services for older adults in Kelowna.

Additionally, the festival seeks to underscore the positive impact these programs can have on diverse audiences.

Attendees can indulge in three days of activities, providing opportunities to move their bodies, acquire fresh knowledge and revel in captivating performances in the Mary Irwin Theatre.

There will also be teatime gatherings for forging connections with fellow art enthusiasts.

The scheduled events include:

  • Beginner Ballet with Joanna Lige
  • Nia Dance with Patti Tennessy
  • Community Movement Project with Claudia Moore
  • Energy Fitness with Davida Monk
  • Salsa Dance with Leona Lacoff
  • Older and Reckless performance in the Mary Irwin Theatre
  • Circus Arts with Anita McFarlane
  • Mandela Moments with Mitch Saurette
  • High Tea experience with Ethereal Tea Parties
  • Tea and coffee socials

Detailed information can be found here, and individuals of all ages are invited to register.

Fitzpatrick adds: “Our ultimate goal is to improve accessibility to the arts for this important demographic."

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