Amana Living Arts Festival helping lonely seniors in Duncraig and Kinross

Art therapist and educator Lisa Kempster, resident Dulcie Ellery and Gabriela Tautu occupational therapy assistant. Photo: Martin Kennealey
Art therapist and educator Lisa Kempster, resident Dulcie Ellery and Gabriela Tautu occupational therapy assistant. Photo: Martin Kennealey

AN ARTS festival based on an international movement to combat loneliness and isolation among seniors will run in Duncraig and Kinross until March 25.

The Amana Living Arts Festival, believed to be the first of its kind in WA, offers more than 150 events at more than 50 locations across the state.

Duncraig and Kinross residents have been involved in art lessons, learning about the New Museum for WA and Art Gallery of WA, and had performances by musicians from the WA Symphony Orchestra and the Harp Harmonies choir.

Amana Living chief executive Stephanie Buckland said the festival was inspired by creative ageing festivals Luminate in Scotland and Meander Valley Festival of Creative Ageing in Tasmania.

“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.

“Engaging with the arts is also incredibly therapeutic.

“Health and wellbeing benefits range from combating loneliness and isolation through to alleviating depression, and improving communication and relationships.”

Events run in February have included creating a one-of-a-kind piece of art from recycled materials, drama games and creative sessions with artist Lisa Kempster to stimulate positivity, creativity, imagination and self-expression.

No matter what age or ability, every resident is given an opportunity to engage with the arts through festival events.

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