Camillo: Thomas Scott Hotel residents enjoy art and music as part of Amana Living Arts Festival


Catherine Lyons-Nash plays harp for some Thomas Scott Hostel residents. Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d480019
Catherine Lyons-Nash plays harp for some Thomas Scott Hostel residents. Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d480019

MUSIC and art have filled the Thomas Scott Hostel in Camillo as part of a six-week festival for WA’s seniors.

Artists, musicians, performers, writers and dancers will deliver more than 150 events across WA’s Amana Living centres as part of the festival, with residents at the Thomas Scott Hostel enjoying harp and choir performances as well as getting hands-on with some art therapy and other creative activities.

Amana Living chief executive Stephanie Buckland said it was the first art festival in the state that catered specifically for seniors.

“Our emphasis is on helping people to truly live the second half of life and the arts have a wonderful role to play in helping older people to have fun, try different things, and meet new people,” she said.

“We designed (the festival) to ensure every one of our customers, whatever their age, health or ability, has the opportunity to enjoy an artistic experience.

“It’s inclusive, accessible and challenges stereotypes about people who use aged care services.

“To our knowledge, there has never been an arts event of this size or scale created for older people in WA and we’re proud to be pioneering an event that we hope will become a regular feature in the state’s arts calendar.”

The Amana Living Arts Festival will run until March 25.

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