Amana Living Arts Festival makes its way to Mandurah

Therapy assistant Aroha teaches Jean about macrame.
Therapy assistant Aroha teaches Jean about macrame.

WA’s first and biggest arts festival for seniors has come to Mandurah as part of the Amana Living Arts Festival.

There will be art therapy sessions, textiles workshops and bedside harp performances until March 25.

The six-week festival encompasses everything from dance to drama, delivering more than 150 events at 50 location.

At Amana Living in Mandurah, seniors are taking part in art therapy workshops and creative sessions with artist Leisa Antonio.

She is teaching residents the art of making macrame, rugs and Indian fabrics so they can create their own designs.

Toby and Ken work out the finer points of macrame.

Amana Living chief executive Stephanie Buckland said the festival was built on the organisation’s commitment to deliver arts programs.

“Our emphasis is on helping people truly live the second half of life and arts have a wonderful role to play,’’ she said.

“Engaging with the arts is also incredibly therapeutical.

“We designed it to ensure everyone every one of our customers, whatever their age, health or ability, has the chance to enjoy an artistic experience.

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

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